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Larry Munson, voice of Georgia football, dies at age 89

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 1:28 AM EST, Mon November 21, 2011
Larry Munson announced the University of Georgia football games for 42 years.
Larry Munson announced the University of Georgia football games for 42 years.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Larry Munson broadcast University of Georgia football games from 1966 to 2008
  • He died at his Athens home on Sunday from pneumonia, the school announces
  • He's a National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame inductee

(CNN) -- Larry Munson, who earned the adoration of University of Georgia fans as an unabashed Bulldogs supporter while announcing the team's football games for 42 years, died Sunday night at his Athens home, the school said.

He was 89.

Munson succumbed to complications from pneumonia, his son Michael said, according to a statement from the University of Georgia.

Born on September 28, 1922, in Minneapolis, Munson got his first radio job after World War II at a small station in Devil's Lake, North Dakota. He then worked in Wyoming, announcing minor league baseball games in Oklahoma City and Nashville, and eventually doing football and basketball contests at Vanderbilt.

In 1966, shortly after becoming a voice of the Atlanta Braves baseball club, Munson also joined the University of Georgia's broadcast team.

He remained part of that team through 2008, earning notoriety around the South for his passion for football and the Athens school. The next year, he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

"Hardly a day goes by in my hectic world that I don't tell my staff to 'hunker down,'" said President Ronald Reagan in 1986, repeating one of Munson's well-known catch-phrases, according to the university.

Funeral arrangements have not been determined.

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