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Woody Durham to appear at WHKP for book signing

Image of book cover courtesy of John F. Blair, Publisher Image of book cover courtesy of John F. Blair, Publisher

Long-time voice of the Tar Heels Woody Durham will be live and in person at the studio of WHKP-1450 AM on Wednesday, March 20, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

After an on-air interview with veteran WHKP sportscaster Richard Rhodes, Durham will stay at Broadcast House to greet fans and sign copies of his new book, "A Tar Heel Voice," from 9 a.m. to noon. Books are $26 cash or check.

Here's a synopsis about the book from John F. Blair, Publisher, the Winston-Salem publishing house:

"From 1971 to his retirement in 2011, Woody Durham was the “Voice of the Tar Heels,” the radio play-by-play man for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our State magazine once said: “To his listeners, he has been a faceless passenger in a car, the audio to a muted television, or the man inside the earplugs. To his listeners, he’s what powder blue sounds like.” Even in Kenan Stadium or the Dean Smith Center, hundreds of fans listened to the radio at the games so Woody could tell them what was really happening on the field or the court.

"In this autobiography, Woody takes the reader on a nostalgic stroll down memory lane—from his descriptions of a sleepy Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and the days of football legend ChooChoo Justice to the enormous changes in college sports and how they are covered to his dozens of behind-the-scenes stories about the coaches and players he worked with during his tenure. An appendix offers Woody’s thoughts on every football and basketball player he covered who has an honored jersey at UNC.

"As coauthor Adam Lucas describes in his acknowledgments: 'This book is about [Woody’s] life, but for many of us, it’s also about an era of Tar Heel sports—one that we heard through him.'"

Here's the whole writeup: