Maryland to honor longtime radio voice Johnny Holliday

Broadcaster has had a diverse career

  • Johnny Holliday has been a fixture calling Maryland sporting events -- but his career goes beyond the Terps.
Johnny Holliday has been a fixture calling Maryland sporting… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
September 26, 2013|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Did you know this about Terps broadcaster Johnny Holliday?

* That, according to a 2007 Baltimore Sun profile, he has played the lead in countless productions over the years, including roles in Follies, 42nd Street, Company, The Music Man and Me and My Girl?

* That, according to a 2011 press release, Holliday -- as a disc jockey in San Francisco in 1964 -- "was an emcee for the Rolling Stones first headlining show in the U.S. In New York a few years later, he served as the announcer for the NBC program Hullaballoo, a brief competitor to ABCs American Bandstand."

* That he turned 70 during the 2007 football season with no plans to slow down or fade away?

Here's what you probably do know about Holliday -- that he joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1978 and has been on the call for 35 years. Maryland wants to pay tribute to his work.

Holliday, such a familiar part of Terps athletics, will be honored at a media availability on Oct. 1 and at halftime of the Maryland-Virginia football game on Oct 12 at Byrd Stadium.

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