Woody Durham

Durham Remembered: ‘We Listened to Woody’

A crowd gathered into Carmichael Arena on Sunday afternoon for a memorial for the late Woody Durham. The legendary broadcaster who served as the Voice of the Tar Heels for 40 years passed away in early March due to complications with a neurocognitive disorder – primary progressive aphasia. Jones Angell succeeded Durham in the broadcast booth and opened Sunday’s ceremony. Angell shared a story about growing up listening to Durham that was mirrored in families across the Tar Heel State. “I grew up in North Carolina,” Angell told the crowd. “I grew up in a Tar Heel family. And...

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Former Woody Durham Colleagues Remember Time with Tar Heel Legend

Woody Durham, who served as the play-by-play voice for UNC athletics for 40 years, has died at the age of 76. Family members confirmed that Durham passed away peacefully at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. Durham retired from the Tar Heel Sports Network in 2011 after four decades behind the microphone calling UNC games on WCHL and other affiliates across the state. Mick Mixon served as Durham’s broadcast partner and reflected on his life while speaking with WCHL’s Blake Hodge. https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2018/March/07/Mick%20for%20Thurs.mp3   Jones Angell was the protégé to Durham and succeeded him in the broadcast booth on the Tar Heel Sports...

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Woody Durham Honored with Bradley Award

The late Woody Durham is being honored with the 12th annual Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Durham passed away early Wednesday morning. Durham’s son Wes was previously scheduled to accept the award on Woody’s behalf. The Bradley Award, which originated in 2006, is given annually in memory of Bob Bradley, the Hall of Fame sports information director at Clemson University, and is awarded to an “ACC student-athlete, coach, administrator, or other personnel in men’s or women’s basketball who has overcome significant hardship to contribute to his...

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Legendary Voice of the Tar Heels Woody Durham Dies

Woody Durham, who served as the play-by-play voice for UNC athletics for 40 years, has died at the age of 76. Durham retired from the Tar Heel Sports Network in 2011 after four decades behind the microphone calling UNC games on WCHL and other affiliates across the state.

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Woody Durham Elected to National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame

Having spent his career popularizing the catchphrase, “Go where you go, and do what you do,” while referring to the athletes he was covering, the longtime radio voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham, is now headed to a new destination himself–the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. It was announced Tuesday that Durham–who spent 40 years as the play-by-play man for UNC football and basketball–will join Thomas Boswell, Dick Weiss and Bryant Gumbel as part of the Hall of Fame’s four-person class this year. The official inductions will take place in June. Throughout his career, the NSMA...

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Carolina Kids Classic Golf Tournament Raises $93,000

The UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill played host Thursday morning to the 28th annual Carolina Kids Classic Charity Golf Tournament In all, $93,000 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. A wide variety of local residents and donors joined together with sports figures such as UNC head football coach Larry Fedora and head men’s lacrosse coach Joe Breschi to celebrate a worthy cause. Founded by the legendary voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham, and Greensboro businessman Mike Haley, the tournament has raised over $3.6 million for the charity since its inception in 1988. The...

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Dr. Daniel Kaufer Explains Primary Progressive Aphasia

Long-time UNC sportscaster Woody Durham announced this month that he has been diagnosed with the neurocognitive disorder, primary progressive aphasia. It is a progressive brain disorder that impacts his language expression. But Durham isn’t alone. In the past four weeks, UNC Professor of Cognitive Neurology, Daniel Kaufer, has diagnosed ten other cases of primary progressive aphasia. “There has been increasing research and recognition that this syndrome is actually a lot more common than people have appreciated,” Kaufer said. June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Kaufer said Durham’s announcement, along with the month-long campaign to raise awareness of the disease,...

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Woody Durham Diagnosed with Disorder Affecting Language Expression

Longtime Voice of the Tar Heels Woody Durham has been diagnosed with a neurocognitive condition, the university announced on Wednesday. The announcement came in the form of an open letter from Durham: “Last winter, I was diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder, primary progressive aphasia, that affects my language expression.  I want to tell you this because I will no longer be doing any public speaking. I can still enjoy the company of friends and traveling with my wife, Jean, but I am not able to address groups as I did in the past.  While learning of this diagnosis was...

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Chansky’s Notebook: March 17 Memories

The Tar Heels have played 13 games on St. Patty’s Day. Tonight, they will play for the 14th time on St. Patrick’s Day, the global holiday to honor the patron saint of Ireland that has since turned into a celebration of dancing, eating and drinking, mostly drinking. Roy Williams is 2-0 on St. Patty’s day at UNC, beating Murray State in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and Michigan State the next year in the game that Tyler Hansbrough played with a broken nose and mask that he ripped off in the second half. Bill Guthridge was 1-0 on March 17,...

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