Durham, Voice Of Yellow Jackets, Leaving Tech
By Clenaure Carter
It’s been 18 years since Durham first walked into Georgia Tech to handle play-by-play for the Yellow Jackets. During that time he has become one of the most recognized voices in Atlanta.
With mic in hand and headset prepared, Durham called football games for both Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Falcons. His voice became synonymous with football here in the local Atlanta metro area and around the ACC. While Durham will be leaving the play-by-play booth and sidelines for the Yellow Jackets to pursue a position on TV, fans can still hear his distinct voice calling games for the Falcons. The decision to move his career forward came June 18 when he informed athletic director Mike Bobinski.
The decision to leave didn’t come easy. After 18 years at Georgia Tech, he built several relationships with staff members. Durham admits that he wasn’t pursuing a career position outside of Georgia Tech, but when the right company comes knocking with an offer to complete your lifetime goal as a TV play-by-play announcer, it’s an opportunity Durham couldn't pass up.
“It’s something that, I didn’t expect it to materialize to the scale that it has and to the point where, if I don’t do it now, I might not get the chance (again.)” Durham told Atlanta’s Journal Constitution.
Durham was an award-winning play-by-play man who started as a disc jockey for a roller skating rink and radio station while enrolled in high school. While attending Elon College, Durham leaned about broadcasting as an undergraduate assistant on the Elon Sports Network. After successfully completing college in 1988, he spent time as a radio announcer for Marshall and Radford Universities. Durham then spent three more years at Vanderbilt.
Since 1997 he has called most of the most memorable plays in Georgia Tech history, including this tidbit from a 1998 Georgia/Georgia Tech game: “Brett Basquin will hold, Ross Mitchell to snap. Snap. Spot. Kick is away ... and it ... is ... GOOD! With two seconds left Georgia Tech has taken the lead on Georgia 21 to 19. And I wanna tell ya what, it was like a prime rib. Right down the middle. Whoa!"