Legendary Georgia radio announcer Munson retires
Dawgs broadcaster has called his last game
ATHENS— Larry Munson ended 43 years as the radio play-by-play voice for Georgia football games when he said Monday he has called his last game.
The 85-year-old Munson underwent surgery April 4 to remove blood clots from his brain, but he returned to work Georgia's first two home games.
He said he won't be in the booth for Saturday's game against Alabama. His announcement came six days before his 86th birthday.
"It caught me by great surprise," said Loran Smith, Munson's longtime sideline reporter and host of Georgia's pregame show.
Munson, who began working only on home games last season, was on the pregame showby phone before Saturday night's game at Arizona State.
Smith said he thought Munson's voice was weaker than usual in the first two home games, but he said he thought Munson "sounded stronger than ever" on Saturday's pregame show.
"I just thought he was getting stronger and would be his old self," Smith said. "I thought with the excitement of a game like Alabama he would be back to his old heroics."
The timing of the retirement was a surprise, since the game between No. 3 Georgia and No. 8 Alabama will attract much attention.
"I would guess from his standpoint he's looking at the stress and pressure," Smith said. "Maybe he's thinking he wants to be very careful."
Munson's son, Michael Munson, said Munson "made the decision over the weekend after consultation with his family, doctor, and close friends."
The Alabama game is a landmark for the Georgia radio team for the second straight year. Last season's game at Alabama was the first road game that Munson missed.
Munson had been the lead voice on the Georgia radio network since 1966. He also called Georgia basketball games from 1987-96.
Munson was a member of the Atlanta Braves original broadcast team in 1966 and he worked Atlanta Falcons games from 1989-92, but he made his home with Georgia football.
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