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Terps to honor Johnny Holliday

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Published on: Friday, October 04, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Legendary Maryland basketball and football announcer Johnny Holiday will be honored for his 35 years of service to the university.

Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1979 and has called some of the most memorable moments in Maryland history including the 2002 NCAA men’s basketball championship.

Inducted into the Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003, Holliday has called four ACC football titles and seven bowl wins.

“Johnny is a Hall of Fame broadcaster who has been a part of so many iconic moments in Maryland athletics over the past 35 years,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “His impact goes way beyond the broadcast booth as he has been an outstanding ambassador for our program and our community. For 35 years, Johnny has been the Voice of the Terrapins and we have listened as he has shared the many outstanding accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches and teams through his powerful storytelling ability.”

Before joining Maryland, Holliday gained notoriety as one of the most respected disc jockeys in the country, with some of his work featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Holliday has also called numerous sports for ABC Radio including Olympics and Masters assignments and is currently the host of Nats Xtra on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

“Johnny Holliday is and always will be the ambassador of Maryland athletics,” said former Maryland quarterback and current sportscaster Boomer Esiason. “To this day, listening to him on the air always takes my thoughts back to the early 80’s. He has definitely been an inspiration to me and my career since retiring from football.”

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