1-on-1 with Johnny Holliday, voice of the Terps

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- During his 35 years at the microphone in College Park, Johnny Holliday has seen it all, from the highs to the lows of Maryland Athletics.

"You feel really good when they're playing well and they're winning. When things aren't going so good, that's the time everybody has to pull together," Holliday says.

Johnny's legendary career began 53 years ago by accident, when a friend secretly entered him into a disc jockey contest.

He didn't win, but it ignited a spark he didn't know was there.

As a disc jockey, Johnny worked in major markets around the country, rubbing elbows with some of the hottest musical acts in their prime.

Johnny was voted America's number one Top 40 DJ and his work is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But while in San Francisco, Johnny tried his hand at sports broadcasting and something clicked.

"If ever the chance comes that I could give up the music and just do sports I'm gonna do that. So it came here in 1977, the check I got for that game was more than I made in a week and I said maybe this is the time. It's the best thing I ever did."

Since then Holliday has covered the Olympics and the Masters and hosted shows for the Bullets, Senators, Redskins, Orioles and Nationals.

"Even today after all these years 53 years in broadcasting, there's always something you can learn. I never want to get to that I'm just satisfied what I'm doing now this is the way it's going to be for the rest of my days in broadcasting. Not the case at all. I think you can always get better. You can always improve," Holliday says.

Recently the Terps football team honored Holliday during halftime. Despite all his success, Holliday is a very humble person, but he says he enjoyed that day more than he could have ever expected.

"I enjoyed it but I wasn't for it because I said what's 35 years? It's just a number, that's all. What are you going to do with 36?"

Johnny says he has no plans to retire anytime soon.


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