|(Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News & Observer)|
The Streak: Game 55, January 18, 2011 – North Carolina 75, Clemson 65.
Now after 40 years and 1,800 Tar Heel football and basketball games, Durham decided it was time to go.
"I actually thought about this decision after the 2009-10 season," the UNC icon said in front of a packed room at the Smith Center that included coaches Roy Williams, Butch Davis and Sylvia Hatchell as well as officials from North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and the ACC. "I hope the Tar Heel listeners didn't notice, but there were too many times after various broadcasts when I wasn't pleased with my level of presentation. ... I thought I would work hard to be better in the 2010-2011 season, which I did. But again, my presentation was not always what I wanted."
Durham was under contract until 2013.
Durham, 69, grew up in Albemarle, NC and began his broadcasting career at age 16 at WZKY radio.
He graduated from North Carolina in 1963, and in 1971 he became the voice behind the Tar Heels.
He worked with four men's basketball coaches, six football coaches and four athletic directors calling 23 bowl games, 13 Final Fours and six basketball title games. He missed only 14 games in 40 years.
Durham’s retirement leaves Maryland’s Johnny Holiday as the senior announcer in the ACC. Holiday has been calling Terps games since 1979. According to Wikipedia, his exact age is “unknown.”
To see a photo gallery of Durham's career, click here.