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By Kevin Cowherd | September 6, 2012
Johnny Holliday, longtime radio voice of the Maryland Terps and current Washington Nationals broadcaster, recalls with fondness his very first conversation with Art Modell.  In 1962, Holliday was a disc jockey spinning records from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cleveland radio station WHK. One day he learned that the Browns' public address announcer had passed away. Thinking he might audition for the job, Holliday called the Browns' main switchboard and asked to speak to Modell, the team's owner.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
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 Rol ling 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.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2007
"I want to show you something. " Johnny Holliday is standing in the front hallway of his home in Kensington. His graying hair is parted, as always, perfectly to the left, not a single strand out of place. He grins, flashing his immaculately white upper teeth, and gestures toward the wall. "I am as proud of this stuff as I am anything in the world," he says. His voice, a syrupy blend of Johnny Carson and Bob Barker, goes quiet. Johnny Holliday - John to his friends, Dad to his three adult daughters - has spent a lifetime describing the world as it unfolds in front of him. But in this moment, he is struggling with what he wants to say. It's hard to communicate, emotionally, what's in front of him. It's a painting.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
If Maryland plays North Carolina on Wednesday half as well as it did the last time a monster snowfall hit the region, Mark Turgeon will be a happy man. With weather forecasters calling for up to a foot or more of snow starting tonight and into tomorrow, it brought back memories of the Terps' famous 92-71 rout of the Tar Heels at Comcast Center in February 2010. I covered it, and it was the wildest frat-house atmosphere I've ever seen at a basketball game. They called that storm “Snowmageddon” or “Snowpocalypse.” The roads were a mess, and at first, Maryland officials were actually telling fans not to drive to the game.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
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 Rol ling 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.
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By Nora Frenkiel | September 30, 1990
To a lot of people, he is the voice of the University of Maryland. Coaches have come and gone, players have gone on to the pros or gone on with their lives, and he remains.He is Johnny Holliday -- for a dozen years a regional fixture as a sports announcer, disc jockey and voice of collegiate and professional sports. He's now working a number of jobs: as broadcast announcer on WMAL-AM radio in Washington for the University of Maryland football and basketball games, as well as providing pregame shows for Home Team Sports and doing sports news on the ABC Information Network.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporter | March 14, 2007
"I want to show you something." Johnny Holliday is standing in the front hallway of his home in Kensington. His graying hair is parted, as always, perfectly to the left, not a single strand out of place. He grins, flashing his immaculately white upper teeth, and gestures toward the wall. "I am as proud of this stuff as I am anything in the world," he says. His voice, a syrupy blend of Johnny Carson and Bob Barker, goes quiet. Johnny Holliday - John to his friends, Dad to his three adult daughters - has spent a lifetime describing the world as it unfolds in front of him. But in this moment, he is struggling with what he wants to say. It's hard to communicate, emotionally, what's in front of him. It's a painting.
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By Mike Preston | May 11, 1991
University of Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger announced yesterday that the university has reached an agreement with WRC (980 AM) in Silver Spring granting the radio station local broadcast rights for football and men's basketball games.WRC replaces WMAL (630 AM), which could not reach an agreement with Jefferson Pilot Communications, to whom the Terps sold their rights three years ago.A spokesman for the Naval Academy confirmed yesterday that WMAL will broadcast Navy football games next season.
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By Ray Frager | May 17, 1991
WBAL Radio has been selected as the flagship station for University of Maryland football and basketball, the university and radio station announced yesterday.WBAL (1090 AM) has signed a three-year deal with Jefferson-Pilot productions, which owns Maryland's radio rights, to be the originating station for Terrapins games. WBAL recently had been the Baltimore affiliate on the Maryland radio network when Washington's WMAL was the flagship.Last week, university athletic director Andy Geiger announced that the school had reached an agreement with Washington-area station WRC to become the flagship.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1996
The Orioles are about to lose another announcer.Mel Proctor, who has handled play-by-play for Orioles television broadcasts the past 12 years, is on the verge of signing a three-year deal with the San Diego Padres, according to league sources. Former Orioles president Larry Lucchino is president of the Padres and is familiar with Proctor's work.A three-time winner of the Maryland Sportscaster of the Year Award, Proctor also does play-by-play for the Washington Bullets. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 6, 2012
Johnny Holliday, longtime radio voice of the Maryland Terps and current Washington Nationals broadcaster, recalls with fondness his very first conversation with Art Modell.  In 1962, Holliday was a disc jockey spinning records from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cleveland radio station WHK. One day he learned that the Browns' public address announcer had passed away. Thinking he might audition for the job, Holliday called the Browns' main switchboard and asked to speak to Modell, the team's owner.
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Mike Preston | March 31, 2012
When the Maryland men's basketball team won its national championship 10 years ago, it was uniquely different than a lot of those won during that era. The Terps , who finished 32-4 in 2001-02, had no superstars on the roster, and three of the starters - center Lonny Baxter, guard Juan Dixon and forward Byron Mouton - were seniors, a rarity then and even more so now. It was a collection of role players led by the gritty, veteran trio...
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2012
From the illuminated silhouette showing a familiar figure pumping his fist that adorned the outside of the arena, to the season's first sellout crowd inside, Comcast Center had a different feel to it Wednesday night. It had a different feel to Gary Williams, too - different from any of the game nights he had spent there during the last nine years of a 22-year career at Maryland. Even with an old and familiar rival, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his eighth-ranked Blue Devils, it was not the same for the 66-year-old coach.
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December 20, 2011
1. Ravens-Steelers rivarly Ravens lose in the playoffs to the Steelers in January, igniting months and months of talk about whether Joe Flacco will ever be an elite quarterback and if Cam Cameron is the right offensive coordinator for him. Ravens get a measure of revenge by sweeping the Steelers in the 2011 season, including a 35-7 drubbing of Pittsburgh in the season opener that sets the tone for another run at a Super Bowl. 2. Williams departs Long-time Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams resigns in a surprise move, leaving the Terps scrambling to find his replacement.
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Sports Digest | October 5, 2011
Basketball Bias, Holliday, Chenier to be inducted into Hall The late Maryland star Len Bias and longtime Terrapins radio voice Johnny Holliday will be inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, it was announced on Tuesday. Former Baltimore-Washington Bullets star Phil Chenier , former Bullets player and GM Bob Ferry and Montrose Christian coach Stu Vetter will also be among those inducted. The ceremony starts at 6p.m.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 7, 2011
The crowd of students at Comcast Center chanted his name and he threw one last fist pump that would have taken out Manny Pacquiao, and so began the retirement ceremony Friday for Gary Williams. Twenty-two years as the iconic coach of Maryland. A school-record 441 wins, including a national championship in 2002. A total of 668 wins in 33 years as a head coach, the fifth-most wins among active Division I coaches. Some of this was surely going through his mind as he bounced into the arena with that odd, rolling gait that always reminded me of an amped-up fighter entering the ring.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN COLUMNIST | January 7, 2003
The first time I heard Johnny Holliday broadcast a University of Maryland basketball game was the winter of 1982. I was driving through some Eastern Shore backwater at night, and it was freezing cold, and the only light inside my little Toyota was the glow of the radio dial. I was bored and turned on the radio and suddenly this voice came out of the ether, vibrant and smooth, like it'd been soaking in baby oil: Adrian Branch from the top of the key ... jumper is no good ... he's fouled!
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Sports Digest | October 5, 2011
Basketball Bias, Holliday, Chenier to be inducted into Hall The late Maryland star Len Bias and longtime Terrapins radio voice Johnny Holliday will be inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, it was announced on Tuesday. Former Baltimore-Washington Bullets star Phil Chenier , former Bullets player and GM Bob Ferry and Montrose Christian coach Stu Vetter will also be among those inducted. The ceremony starts at 6p.m.
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Kevin Cowherd | February 20, 2011
If you wanted to see genuine emotion, not the phony stuff that so often comes from sports these days, you needed to see Greivis Vasquez's face light up when they honored him here Sunday. The Maryland Terrapins did this one up right, folks. Right before their sloppy 87-80 win over North Carolina State, they hung a banner with his No. 21 from the rafters at Comcast Center, making him only the 16th player in Maryland history accorded that tribute. They put together a wonderful highlight reel of the former Terps great's career that played on the scoreboard, narrated in the stentorian voice of veteran announcer Johnny Holliday.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2010
Gary Williams is a private person. The Maryland coach is most comfortable in the world of gym shorts, bouncing basketballs and the sound of sneakers echoing around practice gyms. He considers himself not a sports celebrity, but a teacher. But, Thursday night, Williams, not ordinarily chatty, was happy to step out of character — perhaps even out of his comfort zone — to receive a gift. The treat for Williams was not only to be inducted into the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards' newly-created "Hall of Legends" in an evening ceremony at the Hippodrome , but to be reunited with about a dozen of his former players and to be acknowledged by coaching peers such as Villanova's Jay Wright, Temple's Fran Dunphy, Minnesota's Tubby Smith and College of Charleston's Bobby Cremins.
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