Extra point: The voice of Georgia football

Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 11:45pm

For more than 43 seasons and nearly 500 games, Larry Munson’s gravelly voice and superheated commentary provided the audio backdrop for Georgia football. His genuine love for the team and colorful, animated manner endeared Munson to Georgia fans, and eventually led to his induction into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

But as his new book From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot (Triumph), co-written with longtime sportswriter and broadcaster Tony Barnhart (contributor to CBS’ College Football Today and a former columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), shows, Larry Munson's distinguished career includes many other things besides his time at Georgia.

His volume reviews all those highlights, including a lengthy stay in Nashville that dates back to his arrival in 1947 as WKDA's first sports director, and subsequent jobs that included broadcasting minor league baseball, hosting hunting and fishing shows, and becoming the voice of Vanderbilt football and basketball.

Munson recalls his time on the first Atlanta Braves broadcast team, and the years doing everything from Wyoming football to the Atlanta Falcons, soccer (the Atlanta Chiefs) and even Georgia basketball. He remembers his short stint as a pianist with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (one week as a high school student), whose principal vocalist just happened to be Frank Sinatra.

However, the bulk of this book reviews the highlights of his tenure with the Georgia Bulldogs, and favorite memories of Herschel Walker, Vince Dooley and many others. From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot is essential reading for sports and broadcasting fans.

2 Comments on this post:

By: frank brown on 10/26/09 at 5:05

I do not know anything about his time at the University of Georgia,nor do I care. I do remember his days and years as a high school football and basketball annoucer as well as his time broadcasting Nashville Vol and Vanderbilt games.

Larry Munson was the best sports broadcaster I ever heard. I can remember his calls of "It's milk for health in the Dell" After Vanderbilt was robbed of going to the final four by an official during the Michigan/Vanderbilt game in the mid 60's He trumpeted "Michigan may be #1 but guess who is #2."

By: hugh waddell on 10/28/09 at 9:24

My father, the late Herman Waddell (who also coached at Lipscomb College both baseball & basketball), hosted with Larry Munson, Nashville's (and Tennessee's) VERY FIRST hunting and fishing show called ROD & GUN CLUB. It aired @ 10:20 PM on Thursday nights on then WSM-TV channel 4, and ran during the 1960's.

It was a live in-studio show. They used taped location footage (B-roll) that they narrated/commented over live, without the use of teleprompters or cue cards.

I still have a 6 foot x 2 foot sign done in chalk, advertising the show, complete with Munson's & my father's photos... I know that Larry has always spoken highly of his memories here in Nashville and of getting to do the sports (AND THE HUNTING & FISHING SHOW w/ my dad).