“Voice of the Bulldogs’’  Larry Munson 1922-2011

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“Voice of the Bulldogs’’  Larry Munson 1922-2011

Photo by: Rick O’Quinn

Larry Munson, the legendary voice of the Georgia Bulldogs for 42 years, was memorialized Dec. 10 in a ceremony at Sanford Stadium that drew thousands of fans. Munson died at his home on Nov. 21 of complications from pneumonia. He was 89. Munson resigned from his UGA broadcasting position in 2008 because of his declining health. A native of Minneapolis, Munson was a graduate of Moorehead State Teacher’s College in Minnesota. After World War II he used his military discharge pay to enroll in broadcasters school in Minneapolis. Prior to coming to Georgia in 1966, he worked as a broadcaster in several states, including North Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Tennessee. In addition to football, Munson called Georgia basketball games from 1987-96 and Atlanta Falcons football games from 1989-92. In 1983, he was recognized by the Georgia General Assembly for his role in the Georgia championship football program. Fourteen years later the same legislative body, led by Governor Zell Miller, honored him with a proclamation celebrating his 50 years in broadcasting. In 1994, Munson was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and in 2005, he won a similar induction into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame on May 2, 2009.