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Woody Durham's quiet fight

For 40 years, Woody Durham was the voice of the Tar Heels, their radio play-by-play man. Now, a neurocognitive disease threatens to rob him of his ability to speak.

Part 1: The voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham, lives with a painful silence

For 40 years, Woody Durham was the voice of the Tar Heels, their radio play-by-play man. The Smith Center had been his place of work. Now, a neurocognitive disease threatens to rob him of his ability to speak.

Part 2: UNC’s Woody Durham fights against the disease that is stealing his voice

For years, Woody Durham and his family feared the unknown while the retired UNC radio announcer gradually lost his ability to speak. The diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia, a neurocognitive disorder that robs its victims of their vocabulary, brought relief. At last, there was an answer.

Part 3: Woody Durham goes on with life despite the challenges

Behind the microphone, Woody Durham urged people to “go where you go” to conjure the cosmos in the Tar Heels’ favor. Now he tries to live those words.

CREDITS



REPORTER

Andrew Carter

PHOTOGRAPHER

Robert Willett

EDITOR

Steve Ruinsky





DIGITAL PRODUCER

Kevin Keister

WEB DESIGN

Bob Brueckner

WEB DEVELOPER

Uday Dorawala