John F. Blair, Publisher
Also available as an eBook
6 x 9
272 pages; black-and-white photos
Autobiography | North Carolina | Sports
From 1971 to his retirement in 2011, Woody Durham was the “Voice of the Tar Heels,” the radio play-by-play man for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our State magazine once said: “To his listeners, he has been a faceless passenger in a car, the audio to a muted television, or the man inside the earplugs. To his listeners, he’s what powder blue sounds like.” Even in Kenan Stadium or the Dean Smith Center, hundreds of fans listened to the radio at the games so Woody could tell them what was really happening on the field or the court.
In this autobiography, Woody takes the reader on a nostalgic stroll down memory lane—from his descriptions of a sleepy Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and the days of football legend ChooChoo Justice to the enormous changes in college sports and how they are covered to his dozens of behind-the-scenes stories about the coaches and players he worked with during his tenure. An appendix offers Woody’s thoughts on every football and basketball player he covered who has an honored jersey at UNC.
As coauthor Adam Lucas describes in his acknowledgments: “This book is about [Woody’s] life, but for many of us, it’s also about an era of Tar Heel sports—one that we heard through him.”
Adam Lucas is the publisher of Tar Heel Monthly and Tar Heels Today and a columnist on TarHeelBlue.com. He is author of six books about Carolina basketball. He and Woody Durham both live in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Woody called more than 1,800 games including 13 of the Tar Heels’ Final Fours and six national championship games in basketball and 23 of the Tar Heels’ football bowl games.
Woody worked with six head football coaches and their 900 football lettermen, including 19 first-team All-Americans (Lawrence Taylor, Amos Lawrence, and Julius Peppers) and four basketball coaches and their 200 lettermen, including 33 All-Americans (Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Phil Ford, Kenny Smith, Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison, and Tyler Hansbrough).
Woody was honored 13 times as the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year.
Woody was inducted into the N.C. Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
Woody received the Lindsey Nelson Outstanding Sportscaster Award from the All-American Football Foundation and the Chris Schenkel Award from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
Praise for Woody Durham
“Woody Durham is the epitome of a professional broadcaster, who just so happened to also love the Tar Heels as much as he did his craft. He prepared for each game as if it were the national championship and spoke about each player and coach with an enthusiasm that connected them to his listeners in a unique way. Woody helped bring the Tar Heels to life for generations of Carolina fans.”
“Carolina has a knack for developing legends, albeit Dean Smith or Michael Jordan. But there is another one that all Tar Heel faithfuls should celebrate—Woody Durham. He is the ultimate pro’s pro. I admire him beyond words.”
“Woody Durham is one of the true greats in broadcasting. I know someone will always broadcast Carolina’s games, but Woody will always be the voice of the Tar Heels. I’m proud to call him a friend.”
“Woody Durham had a unique passion for North Carolina sports. He was Mr. Loyalty, and this book clearly provides the details of his love affair with UNC!”
Help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House and purchase an audio CD of Woody's top 25 broadcasting moments in Carolina football and basketball history at WoodyRemembers.com.