Welcome back to ouTTakes, a podcast that’s here to discuss Maryland sports from an inside perspective. We’ll be doing the show more regularly this year to shine a different light on Terps sport figures and allow you to get to know them as people.
This time, Matt Levine and I sat down with sports broadcasting legend Johnny Holliday, who has been the voice of Maryland athletics for 41 years. From Lefty Driesell to Boomer Esiason to Gary Williams to Len Bias, to just about any famous Maryland athlete you can name, Holliday has covered them.
Holliday has also broadcasted for the Washington Bullets, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco Warriors. And before getting into sports, he was named America’s No. 1 disc jockey, working with artists like The Beatles, Neil Diamond, and more. You can even find his work in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Give this episode a listen to hear all of his unique experiences and inside stories.
Some highlights from the show:
- Holliday discusses being honored at an upcoming gala for his 41 years as the voice of Maryland athletics, as well as his career covering the Nationals for MASN.
- Back in the day, Holliday was a very famous disc jockey. Hear what is was like to get to hang out with The Beatles at their last ever live performance.
- How did Holliday get into sports broadcasting?
- Name a sport and Holliday has covered it. He talks about some of his favorite experiences.
- We get the inside scoop on how his famous 2002 National Championship call of “And the kids have done it!” came about, as well as what it was like to be part of that historic moment for Maryland basketball.
- Holliday has worked with countless legendary athletes. Find out who was the craziest to have on-air.
- The legendary sportscaster looks back on a somber moment in his career when he was asked to sing at Len Bias’ funeral.
- Hear Holliday’s predictions for Maryland football and men’s basketball this year.
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