Georgia Sports Announcer Larry Munson Dies At 89

The longtime broadcaster for the University of Georgia football team has died. Larry Munson was 89. His broadcasting career spanned 60 years — 43 of them with the Bulldogs.

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Now we remember another music lover. Larry Munson's peak as a jazz pianist came when he was a high school senior in Minnesota in 1941.


He got a call from the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Their piano player was sick. They needed Munson to fill in for a few days with a lead singer named Frank Sinatra.

WERTHEIMER: But Munson soon found another love. After serving in the Second World War he used his discharge pay to go to broadcasting school. That led him to a career spanning 60 years, 43 of them calling the games for the University of Georgia's football team.


LARRY MUNSON: I know I'm asking a lot you guys, but hunker it down one more time.

INSKEEP: Hunker down. That was Munson's appeal to the Bulldogs when they faced a critical play. His passion inspired generations of fans.


MUNSON: And Butler(ph) kicked a long one – a long one. Oh my God, oh my God, the stadium is worse than bonkers.

WERTHEIMER: Larry Munson died Saturday at the age of 89, a day after Georgia clinched a spot in the conference championship game.



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