D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Johnny Holliday
This week's naming of a new play-by-play voice at Virginia turned my mind toward the college folks, and where better to start than Johnny Holliday, a man who's been in the D.C. media market for nearly four decades, longer than some previous sports media subjects have been in alive. That includes nearly 30 years as the voice of Maryland football and basketball, during which time he's broadcast broadcast more than 1,100 Terps contests, including 10 bowl games, 10 trips to the Sweet 16, two Final Four appearances, and one national championship that feels like it happened sometime during the Nixon Administration but was actually this century.
His various other accomplishments are far too numerous to detail here; suffice it to say that for decades, the Post has referred to Holliday with the phrase "local TV and radio personality" and that was pretty much good enough. He's starred in theatre, hosted all manner of TV and radio shows about sports and beyond sports, handled announcing duties on national news programs, covered the Winter and Summer Olympics, worked for the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Warriors and Washington Bullets, appeared in all sorts of commercials, and written at least two books. He currently is the in-studio pre- and post-game host for Nats broadcasts, and occasionally fills in on the play-by-play.
The Miami native came to D.C. the year after the riots, having previously been a disc jockey in Cleveland, New York and San Francisco. Oh, and he was once named Washingtonian's Washingtonian of the Year.
Bearing in mind that you have just two options, here's your chance to judge Rick "Doc" Walker. Choose carefully, and offer explanation below.
Previously, in order of approval: Steve Buckhantz, Dave Johnson, Charlie Slowes, Chick Hernandez, The Junkies, Mike Wise, Tony Kornheiser, George Michael, Steve Czaban, Dave Feldman, Brett Haber, John Riggins, Andy Pollin, Larry Michael.
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