Jones Angell to call play-by-play for UNC basketball, football

Staff writerJune 27, 2011 

— UNC has found a new voice to occupy the broadcasting booth during football and basketball games.

Jones Angell, host and color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network the past six years, will call play-by-play for UNC's football and men’s basketball radio broadcasts beginning this fall.

Angell, 32, succeeds Hall of Fame broadcaster Woody Durham, who retired in April after 40 years as the voice of the Tar Heels.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to become the next play-by-play voice for Carolina athletics,” Angell said, following the announcement by UNC athletic director Dick Baddour and Learfield Sports general manager Gary Sobba. "The guys on the broadcast with me are so good at what they do. Having them there will make this transition much easier."

Angell, who graduated from UNC in 2001, has a large knowledge of Carolina athletics from working in many roles at the network for the past 11 years.

He's called play-by-play for Carolina baseball for the past eight seasons, and worked nearly 70 football games and over 200 men's basketball games as a member of Durham's broadcast team.

"Replacing Woody Durham is not my goal," Angell said. "I just want to continue the high level of broadcasting excellence and maintain the passion that Woody had for UNC for so long. He's been so incredibly gracious during this whole process. I've been able to work with and learn so much from him over my time here."

The Jacksonville, N.C., native has also 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, and written for Tar Heel Monthly.

“[Angell] beat out a talented group of candidates from across the nation," Baddour said. "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.”

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