UNC-Chapel Hill Media Center to be named after Woody Durham

The communications center next to the Dean E. Smith Center will be named the Woody Durham Media and Communications Center.

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The University of North Carolina Athletics Department and the Rams Club will honor Woody Durham who was the voice of the Tar Heels in a special way.

The communications center next to the Dean E. Smith Center will be named the Woody Durham Media and Communications Center. The university said Woody’s wife, Jean, and sons, Wes and Taylor, will be recognized at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

“This recognition for Woody was so emotional for me,” says Jean Durham. “This is totally unexpected, but I am so grateful. I greatly appreciate the family who made the donation to honor Woody’s memory. Knowing how loyal he was to ‘his’ university, makes this honor even more special Hopefully when fans walk past the media center and see his name, it will trigger a thought of Woody and a smile.

“We are grateful to the University and the Athletic Department for this incredible honor,” Wes and Taylor said in a joint statement. “The generosity of this building in honor of our father will forever ensure its incredible association with Carolina. He never took for granted the opportunity to represent his alma mater, but also the coaches and players who were central figures on his shows. Nearly 11 years after his career ended, Carolina and ACC fans continually remind our family how much his work meant to them.

Durham died on March 7, 2018 from complications of primary progressive aphasia. He was the play-by-play voice of Carolina football and men’s basketball from 1971 to 2011.

“Woody loved his alma mater and the Tar Heels, and his work helped create generations of Tar Heel fans while setting a standard of excellence for every broadcast, story and highlight,” said the athletic director of Carolina, Bubba Cunningham. “We tell the stories of our 800 student-athletes and 28 teams across multiple media platforms at our Media and Communications Center, and it’s fitting that the building is now named in Woody’s honor. As Woody liked to say, “Go where you go and do what you do”.

Durham has called 23 Tar Heel Bowl games, 13 Final Fours and six NCAA championship games, including NCAA title-winning seasons in 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009.

He has won the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year award 13 times. He has also been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, North Carolina Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame, and Mebane Sports Hall of Fame.

He also has ties to WFMY News 2. Durham was the former sports director of WFMY News 2.

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