Leg­endary Ge­or­gia ra­dio an­nouncer Mun­son re­tires

Dawgs broad­caster has called his last game

The Covington News - - Sports -

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.

"I can't ex­press enough my deep feel-

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