Larry Munson will hit the Hall tonight in Salisbury

Posted by Andy Durham on May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm under College | 2 Comments to Read

Longtime University of Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame TONIGHT during the organization’s 50th Annual Awards program in Salisbury, NC.

Jim Nantz of CBS will be recognized as the National Sportscaster of the Year and Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe will be recognized as the National Sportswriter of the Year.

Munson called Georgia football games from 1966 to 2007. Starting at age 20, Munson began to accumulate lots of experience in sports broadcasting. He called games for major and minor league baseball, the University of Wyoming football and basketball, Nashville Vols (baseball), Vanderbilt football and basketball for 16 years and was a member of the original Atlanta Braves broadcast team when they moved from Milwaukee.

“This is an overwhelming tribute, and I am honored to be selected to this group of outstanding and accomplished professionals,” said Munson. “To be elected to any Hall of Fame is quite humbling, but to be chosen to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor.”

This award will be added to his many other broadcasting accolades. Munson was recognized by the Georgia General Assembly in 1983, inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

Munson is also the 2003 recipient of the Chris Schenkel Award, given annually by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The award recognizes broadcasters with long and distinguished careers in broadcasting college football, as well as their contributions to community service. He was also named winner of the 2008 Furman Bisher(from Denton, NC) Award for Sports Media Excellence presented by the Atlanta Sports Council.

Hall of Famers are nominated by an NSSA panel and then voted on by their 700 sportswriters and broadcast members. Leigh Montville from the Boston Globe/Sports Illustrated will also be inducted.

  • Ken said,

    Loren whata you got? Lindsey Scott, Lindsey Scott!! Congratulations Larry.

  • Joe said,

    “Look at the sugar falling from the sky, look at the sugar.” Nobody did it better than Larry.