The Voice of the Tar Heels returns

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Article Published: Nov. 8, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 14, 2012
The Voice of the Tar Heels returns

From left, well-known sports radio announcer Woody Durham and Adam Lucas are co-authors of the new biography ‘Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice.’ Durham will appear in Blowing Rock this coming Tuesday.

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The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum welcomes Woody Durham, longtime play-by-play radio announcer for UNC-Chapel Hill football and basketball, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the museum.

Durham will be in Blowing Rock for a book signing in celebration of his latest book, an autobiography titled “Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice,” co-written with author, publisher and columnist Adam Lucas.

According to Blair Publishing, the book revisits 40 years of Tar Heel sports history in this new memoir.

Between 1971 and 2011, during Durham’s years as the “voice of the Tar Heels,” he called more than 1,800 games.

Durham earned the honor of North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year 13 times and was inducted into the N.C. Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

By the end of his tenure at UNC, Durham received the Lindsey Nelson Outstanding Sportscaster Award from the All-American Football Foundation and the Chris Schenkel Award from the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame.

“Woody’s enthusiasm, his love for Carolina, is something that is extremely special,” said UNC basketball coach Roy Williams during Woody’s induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

“Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice” highlights behind-the-scenes stories from Durham’s 40 years as the voice of the Tar Heels, which makes it as much a chronicle of Tar Heel history as it is a memoir, a spokesperson for BRAHM said.

“Durham takes the reader on a nostalgic stroll down memory lane. And for the first time, Woody provides some unfiltered opinions on the games and people he covered,” the spokesperson said.

As co-author, Lucas says in his acknowledgements, “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.”

BRAHM visitors will have the opportunity to purchase and have signed their own copy of “Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice.” The event will be held in the atrium of the museum, which is located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, and is open to the public.

For more information, call (828) 295-9099 or visit

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