Jones Angell ’01, who has been host and color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network the past six years, will call radio play-by-play for Carolina football and men’s basketball broadcasts beginning in the 2011-12 season.
Angell takes over from Woody Durham ’63, who announced his retirement in April after 40 years at the microphone.
“He beat out a talented group of candidates from across the nation,” said Athletics Director Dick Baddour ’66. “What stood out to us was his preparation, attention to detail, easy listening style and knowledge of the history of Carolina athletics. He understands that he is following in the footsteps of someone our fans love dearly, but I believe strongly that Jones will make his own mark on Tar Heel athletics.”
Angell, 32, a native of Jacksonville, N.C., has worked in a number of roles at the network for the past 11 years, including calling play-by-play for Carolina baseball the past eight seasons, which included five trips to the College World Series.
“We’re thrilled that Jones will be the new lead announcer for Tar Heel Sports Properties,” said Gary Sobba, general manager of Learfield Sports, which manages the Tar Heel Sports Network. “He’s been with us for 10-plus years and done a terrific job calling play-by-play for baseball and hosting and providing analysis on many football and basketball broadcasts. He’s a true Tar Heel who understands the wonderful heritage of Carolina athletics, and he’ll do an exemplary job of communicating that on the air to the school’s many dedicated fans.”
Angell was a member of Durham’s broadcast team for nearly 70 Tar Heel football games and more than 200 men’s basketball games, including the 2009 national championship. He called play-by-play on the network during several ACC Tournaments, the Las Vegas Invitational, Puerto Rico Tipoff Challenge and numerous preseason basketball games.
He has hosted TarHeelBlue.com broadcasts of Late Night With Roy Williams and football’s Signing Day Live, produced and hosted features on the coaches’ television shows, written for Tar Heel Monthly and called play-by-play for UNC women’s basketball and women’s soccer.
Angell is an assistant director of New Media at UNC, where he has helped to produce video board and special Internet features that have been shown online, at various athletic venues, and at special events such as the 100-year celebration of Carolina Basketball. He was an associate producer on the commemorative DVD that chronicled the 2005 men’s basketball national championship.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to become the next play-by-play voice for Carolina athletics,” Angell said. “No one will ever be able to replace Woody Durham, and I will not try to do so. What I will try to do is continue the level of professionalism, broadcast excellence and passion for the Tar Heels that Woody brought to the position for so many years. Growing up listening to Woody, I understand the special relationship he had with Tar Heel fans, and I look forward to cultivating a similar relationship as we experience Carolina athletics together over the next several years.”
Learfield Sports’ Tar Heel Sports Properties is the locally based entity that manages UNC athletics’ multimedia rights. Learfield manages multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations.