Merton Laverne "Verne" Lundquist Jr. (born July 17, 1940) is an American sportscaster.
Lundquist at the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Merton Laverne Lundquist Jr.
July 17, 1940
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
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Lundquist was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated from Austin High School in Austin, Texas, before attending Texas Lutheran University (formerly Texas Lutheran College), where he was one of the founders of the Omega Tau Fraternity in 1958 before graduating in 1962. He is now a member of the Board of Regents for his alma mater.
Lundquist attended Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois in 1962. His father was a Lutheran pastor and President of the Nebraska Synod of the Augustana Lutheran Church. Lundquist played basketball and baseball and was a disc jockey at WOC, Davenport, Iowa. His 'Golden Voice' was the highlight of the seminary class on preaching.
He began his broadcasting career as sports anchor for WFAA in Dallas and in Austin for KTBC, as well as being the radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys. Lundquist joined the Cowboys Radio Network in 1967 and remained with the team until the 1984 season. He was paired with future (and now current) play-by-play man Brad Sham starting with the 1977 season, the year the Cowboys went 12–2 and captured their second NFL title in Super Bowl XII. He was sportscaster at WFAA during their 6pm news, while his eventual successor Dale Hansen did the 10pm news.
Before becoming a nationwide sports commentator, from 1970 to 1974, Lundquist was commentator for the sports show, Bowling for Dollars, in Dallas, Texas. It aired weekday evenings on the ABC station, WFAA-TV, from 6:30 to 7:00, in north central Texas. During these four seasons, Lundquist started interviewing Cowboys players and their first head coach, Tom Landry, at their sidelines, during halftimes, practices, pre-season and pre-game warm-ups, in Dallas.
Nationally, Lundquist worked for ABC Sports from 1974 to 1981, CBS from 1982 to 1995, and TNT cable from 1995 to 1997 before returning to CBS in 1998. Lundquist's patented belly laugh and his contagious enthusiasm for the events he covers have made him one of the more prominent and recognizable on-air talents in network TV.
He is among the key voices of NFL Films, and in past years had called regional NFL games for CBS, NBA games for CBS and TNT, and TNT's Sunday Night Football telecasts. He called television play-by-play on Seattle Seahawks preseason games from 2006 to 2008.
During the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics, whose rights were held by CBS and TNT, Lundquist and Scott Hamilton served as the announcers for figure skating events. Their performances were parodied by Saturday Night Live cast members Phil Hartman and Darrell Hammond (as Lundquist) with Dana Carvey, David Spade, and Will Ferrell (both as Hamilton): in 1992 with Jason Priestley and 1994 with Nancy Kerrigan and Chris Farley. They did a spoof of the Olympics figure skating events, as both Hartman and Myers went "Oh!" when Priestly or Farley (in a pre-recorded performance) did an on-ice pratfall. Lundquist, after seeing the original footage in 1992, commented that Hartman "nailed it dead on."
Lundquist retired from broadcasting college football games after calling the Army–Navy Game on December 10, 2016. He planned to contribute to other CBS Sports programs, including its college basketball and golf coverage, for the foreseeable future.
In March 2018, Lundquist announced he would not work the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, as he was still recovering from back surgery he had in November 2017, and would retire from calling college basketball.
Lundquist played himself commentating on golf tournaments in the 1996 motion picture Happy Gilmore. Lundquist was a play-by-play announcer in the NBA Live 98 video game and was also the play-by-play announcer in the College Hoops 2K8 video game. A famous pet phrase Lundquist uses on occasion is "How do you DO!"; on a huge offensive or defensive play, a phrase he took from USC football broadcaster Pete Arbogast (who in turn took the phrase from venerable broadcaster Vin Scully). Lundquist also often exclaims "Oh My Gosh!" or "Oh My Goodness!" Lundquist filled in for Ernie Johnson Jr. as host of TNT's coverage of the PGA Championship twice, in 2006 as Johnson was battling cancer, and in 2011 when Johnson left after the second round following the death of his father on that Friday night.
From 1977–1983, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Lundquist as Texas Sportscaster of the Year for his accomplishments from his time in Dallas. The organization later inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2007.
In broadcasting circles, Lundquist is affectionately known as "The Golden Throat".
Lundquist has had many broadcasting partners over his long career, including:
The 2016 SEC Championship Game was played on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, and determined the 2016 football champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The game was played between the Eastern Division champion, Gators, and Western Division champion Alabama. The Eastern Division team was the designated home team, and the game was broadcast nationally by CBS for the 16th consecutive year. This was the final SEC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome, which was demolished on November 20, 2017 after its successor, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opened on August 26 of the same year. The title game will move to the new stadium and will remain there through at least 2027.Alabama earned a berth in the SEC Championship on November 12 after clinching the SEC West.2017 SEC Championship Game
The 2017 SEC Championship Game was played on December 2, 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, and determined the 2017 football champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). This was the first SEC Conference football championship at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game featured the Eastern Division Champion, 2017 Georgia Bulldogs football team against the Western Division Co-Champion, the 2017 Auburn Tigers football team. This championship game was a rematch of their rivalry game, played on November 11, 2017. In that earlier game, Auburn beat Georgia by a score of 40-17. In this rematch, Georgia won the SEC Championship by beating Auburn 28-7. This game marked the first time that any permanent cross division rivals faced off in the SEC Championship Game. This was also the first SEC Championship Game with new SEC on CBS announcer Brad Nessler replacing Verne Lundquist, who retired in 2016. The game was televised nationally by CBS.Blackie Sherrod
William Forrest "Blackie" Sherrod ( SHERR-əd; November 9, 1919 – April 28, 2016) was an American journalist and sportswriter who wrote for the Temple Telegram, Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald and The Dallas Morning News in a career that spanned more than sixty years. Voted Texas Sportswriter of the Year a record sixteen times, he was called "the best writer I ever read" by Don January and "the best newspaperman I ever knew" by Felix McKnight who hired Sherrod at the Times Herald in 1958. Despite not being as well known nationally as he was in Texas, he was the mentor to both Dan Jenkins and Bud Shrake.Sherrod attended Baylor University for the 1937–1938 academic year, but transferred to Howard Payne University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in May 1941.He was the color analyst with Bill Mercer on Dallas Cowboys radio broadcasts on KLIF-AM from 1967 to 1969. Sherrod relinquished his duties to Verne Lundquist after he was disgusted over a piece of ice that hit his hat while he was standing next to the press box elevator at Pitt Stadium in December 1969.Brad Nessler
Bradley Nessler (born June 3, 1956) is an American sportscaster, who currently calls college football and college basketball games for CBS Sports.Hubie Brown
Hubert Jude Brown (born September 25, 1933) is an American retired basketball coach and player and a current television analyst. Brown is a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, the honors being separated by 26 years. Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. When asked in 1988 how long he will remain involved with the game of basketball, Hubie responded "I will stay involved in some capacity until the day Verne Lundquist dies."List of Army–Navy Game broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast the college football's Army–Navy Game throughout the years.List of Camping World Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Camping World Bowl throughout the years.
The bowl was known by various prior names; Blockbuster Bowl (1990–1993), Carquest Bowl (1994–1997), MicronPC Bowl (1998), MicronPC.com Bowl (1999–2000), Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl (2001), Mazda Tangerine Bowl (2002–2003), Champs Sports Bowl (2004–2011), and Russell Athletic Bowl (2012–2016).List of Dallas Cowboys broadcasters
As of 2018, the Dallas Cowboys' flagship radio station is KRLD-FM owned by Entercom.
Brad Sham is the team's longtime play-by-play voice. Working alongside him is former Cowboy quarterback Babe Laufenberg. The Cowboys, who retain rights to all announcers, chose not to renew Laufenberg's contract in 2006 and brought in former safety Charlie Waters. However, Laufenberg did work as the analyst on the "Blue Star Network," which televises Cowboys preseason games not shown on national networks. The anchor station is KTVT, the CBS owned and operated station in Dallas. Previous stations which aired Cowboys games included KTCK (AM), KVIL-FM, KRLD, and KLUV-FM. Kristi Scales is the sideline reporter on the radio broadcasts.
During his tenure as Cowboys coach, Tom Landry co-hosted his own coach's show with late veteran sportscaster Frank Glieber and later with Brad Sham. Landry's show was famous for his analysis of raw game footage and for he and his co-host making their NFL "predictions" at the end of each show. Glieber is one of the original voices of the Cowboys Radio Network, along with Bill Mercer, famous for calling the Ice Bowl of 1967 and both Super Bowl V and VI. Mercer is perhaps best known as the ringside commentator of World Class Championship Wrestling in the 1980s. Upon Mercer's departure, Verne Lundquist joined the network, and became their play-by-play announcer by 1977, serving eight years in that capacity before handing those chores permanently over to Brad Sham, who joined the network in 1977 as the color analyst and occasional fill-in for Lundquist.
Longtime WFAA-TV sports anchor Dale Hansen was the Cowboys' color analyst with Brad Sham as the play-by-play announcer from 1985-94. Dave Garrett succeeded Sham on play-by-play in 1995, teaming with Hansen (1995–96), Laufenberg (1996–97), and Mike Doocy (1997). Sham returned as the team's play-by-play voice in 1998.
In 1984 and 2001, the Cowboys used guest analysts in the radio booth for each game. In 1984, Dale Hansen, Charlie Waters, Roger Staubach, Cliff Harris, Vern Lundquist, Drew Pearson, Frank Glieber, and Bob Lilly were guest analysts. In 2001, guest analysts included Charlie Waters, Irving Fryar, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Dan Rather, Michael Irvin, Preston Pearson, John Madden, Pat Summerall, and Dale Hansen.List of Liberty Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Liberty Bowl throughout the years.List of NFL on CBS commentator pairings
CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956 to 1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second; sideline reporters, when used, are listed last.List of Sun Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Sun Bowl throughout the years.Lundquist
Lundquist is a Swedish surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Kenedy Lundquist, Brazilian businessman
Adam Lundquist, American DJ
Bo Lundquist, Swedish businessman
Bryan Lundquist, American swimmer
Christoffer Lundquist, Swedish musician and producer
Erik Lundquist, Swedish sport shooter
Evert Lundquist, Swedish footballer
Kurt Lundquist, Swedish sprinter
Steve Lundquist, American swimmer
Verne Lundquist, American sports announcer
Vic Lundquist, Canadian hockey player
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Waylan Lundquist, soldier Battle of 73 Easting.NBA Live 98
NBA Live 98 is a basketball video game based on the National Basketball Association and the fourth installment of the NBA Live series. The cover features Tim Hardaway of the Miami Heat. The game was developed by EA Sports and released on November 30, 1997 for the PlayStation, October 31, 1997 for the PC and December 31, 1997 for the Sega Saturn. It was the final version of NBA Live released for the Super NES, Genesis and Sega Saturn.
The game introduced various innovations to the series, including the now standard feature of passing to any teammate with a single button press. The game also made various graphical improvements, with new player models and faces modeled after actual player photographs. The PC version introduced support for 3D acceleration, utilizing 3dfx's Glide API. The PlayStation, PC and Saturn versions have Ernie Johnson as studio announcer and TNT/TBS color analyst Verne Lundquist doing play-by-play commentary (the Saturn version does not include play-by-play commentary). NBA Live 98 is followed by NBA Live 99.Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play
The Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play was first awarded in 1993. It is awarded to whom the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences judges to be the best play-by-play announcer in a calendar year.
Prior to 1993, an award was given in a category that awarded either a play-by-play announcer or studio host. See Outstanding Host or Commentator for a list of winners in the now-defunct category.