Holliday, The Voice Of Maryland, To Be Honored
By Ed Sheahin
After 35 years of service to the University of Maryland, legendary broadcaster Johnny Holliday will be honored by the school on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in front of the media, and again on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Byrd Stadium when the Terrapins host Virginia.
For those outside the Maryland broadcasting area, this may not seem like a big deal. Those who have tuned to their radios to follow Maryland football and basketball religiously to hear Holliday masterfully call games during his 35 years, it’s a family affair!
Holliday is not your average play-by-play radio/TV personality. Blessed with a gifted voice, his unique baritone pitch is instantly recognizable the second its heard.
A talented individual, Holliday made his claim to fame nationally as a radio disc jockey before joining the university in 1978. While working for ABC Radio he covered historic events like the Masters and Olympic games.
Recently, he added to his resume working for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network as the host of Nats Xtra the pre/post-game show for the Washington Nationals.
The majority of loyal UMD radio listeners may not know, but Holliday is an accomplished actor as well. He performed throughout his adult life in small stage presentations in the Washington D.C. metro area.
“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,” UMD Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said in a press released statement.
“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.”
Holliday is the ultimate professional, always looking for the positive in college athletes and events. Understanding that these young men and women aren’t professionals, rather, they are student representatives striving to perform their best for the university.