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Jones Angell Named To Replace Woody Durham

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Here is the official announcement via Tar Heel Blue.

Jones Angell, host and color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network the past six years, will call radio play-by-play for University of North Carolina football and men's basketball broadcasts beginning in the 2011-12 season. Learfield Sports general manager Gary Sobba and UNC director of athletics Dick Baddour made the announcement today.

"We are delighted to announce that Jones Angell will be calling the play-by-play for Carolina football and men's basketball games," says Baddour. "He beat out a talented group of candidates from across the nation. 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.

Angell moves into the play-by-play chair after the retirement of Hall of Fame broadcaster Woody Durham, who stepped down in April after 40 seasons as the Voice of the Tar Heels.

Not much comment other than to say I think he earned the slot. Angell is a North Carolina native and UNC graduate. He has paid his dues working with the Tar Heel Sports Network for several years now. The reality of the situation is once Mick Mixon and Wes Durham were out of the running, the odds in favor of Angell jumped dramatically. I imagine in this economy some of this decision is money driven but some of it loyalty driven in giving a guy who did his part a shot at the big chair(and please no Bill Guthridge comparisons please,) Plus, at 32 years old, Angell has plenty of time to grow into the job. His work during the baseball broadcasts have been outstanding. Following behind a legend is a tough gig and the key for Angell will be forging his own style to win the fans over. There is no doubt he will be different and I think a little less homer and more straight announcer than perhaps Woody was. The best think for fans to remember is Angell will never replace Woody but he can be very good in his own right.

So congratulations to Jones Angell, we look forward to the new era of the Tar Heel Sports Network starting this fall.