Woody Durham Honored with Bradley Award

The North Carolina Tar Heels will take on the Miami Hurricanes in one of ACC Tournament games on Thursday, start time at 9:00 PM ET, at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Born in Mebane and raised in Albemarle, Durham came to UNC as an undergraduate in the fall of 1959.

Longtime radio voice of the University of North Carolina Woody Durham has died.

"I was a catcher and Woody had trouble with the curve, so I made sure I called for a steady diet of them when we played", Harris quipped.

Durham spent four decades calling the action for the Heels, a tenure that included 23 bowl games, 13 Final Fours and four national championships.

"It's ironic that Woody would pass away at the start of the postseason in college basketball because this was such a joyous time for him".

During football games at Kenan Stadium, the student section would chant his name gently until it grew into a roar: "Woody!"

The connectedness of Durham not only spans generations of fans, but generations of media. His voice was the sound of Carolina and it will forever ring clear and true. Durham was 76 years old.

On the season, North Carolina basketball averages 82.8 points, 42.7 rebounds and 18.1 assists per game.

Durham was a charter member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Baseball Museum and was involved in its fundraising endeavors, including the annual N.C. Baseball Museum Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Wilson Hot Stove banquet. I am profoundly sad at the passing of a colleague whose work set the standard for all the rest of us who worked with him. Beaming in front of full-capacity crowd, he received his Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - and a standing ovation.

"Woody meant so much for the North Carolina Baseball Museum, particularly the golf tournament, because he knew that if he came and played there were a lot of Carolina fans in eastern North Carolina and we could get sponsors", Montgomery said.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, to whom he was married for 54 years; their two sons, Wes and Taylor; and two grandchildren, Emily and Will. He called play-by-play on the Tar Heel Sports Network on more than 1,800 football and men's basketball broadcasts. A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, April 8, in Carmichael Arena. That included the 1982 and 1993 NCAA basketball championships under late coach Dean Smith as well as the 2005 and 2009 titles under Roy Williams. We should all "go where we go and do what we do" and say a prayer for Woody and his family. "Any time we were on the road he would travel with us so I got to know him quite well".

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