Making the call on broadcasters . . .

  It wasn’t unexpected, but it was nevertheless momentous: Georgia’s official announcement  that Scott Howard succeeds Larry Munson as the voice of the Bulldogs.

  Maybe it seemed that already had happened, what with Howard having taken over play-by-play on road football games when Munson stopped traveling in 2007 and on home games, too, after Munson’s retirement early last season. But Georgia had not declared Howard to be Munson’s successor on a permanent basis until late Friday.

   “If I think back to the time I was sitting in the stands [as a UGA student], listening to Larry on my transistor radio, jamming my ear piece into my ear trying to hear the best I could,” Howard told me Friday evening, “it has been an interesting 20-something years in radio to get to this point.”

  For the first time in 44 years, the Bulldogs will enter a football season with someone other than Larry Munson as their first-string play-by-play radio announcer.

   There’ll never be another Munson, of course, but Howard has the talent and the experience and the perspective and the passion to put his own superb mark on the job.

    Following a legend is a daunting assignment, as Howard and everyone else knows. But Howard’s work for 15 seasons as Munson’s color analyst and his fill-in play-by-play work the past two seasons made him about as clear-cut a choice as there could be for this job.

   “Sometimes you don’t need to look far,” Georgia athletics director Damon Evans said. “Sometimes you just need to look right in front of you. And there we had our answer.”

   He was referring to both Howard and Eric Zeier, the former QB who served as color analyst when Howard slid over to the play-by-play chair the past two seasons. Zeier now gets the analyst role on a permanent basis.

   Howard and Zeier first worked together on Sept. 22, 2007, when Georgia played at Alabama, the first trip Munson missed.  ”We were both sky-high [and] had a lot of nerves, a lot of anticipation, toward doing that game,” Howard recalled. “It has been a good solid progression since that time.

  “Eric has been tremendous. I really enjoy working with him. I have learned a lot of football from him in a short period of time.”

   So what say you about the Howard-Zeier team?


31 comments Add your comment

Marietta Dawg

June 22nd, 2009
7:42 am

This would be a convenient time for Loren to bow out gracefully. It would be a good time to get a fresh voice as the sideline analyst, maybe Matt Stinchcomb.


June 22nd, 2009
7:52 am

I’m very disappointed in the selection of Scott Howard. He trise so hard to be Munson esue that he has become almost a parody of himself. This was the opportunity to hire a broadcster who excels at the craft.

I know many will say “we want a Dawg!” but is that the best thing if the homer can’t accurately describe the action for the screaming and over reaction?

The good ol boy system continues to thrive over in Athens and that’s why this is one fan of 40+ years who will no longer listen while in my seat between the hedges.


June 22nd, 2009
7:53 am

Corrected Spelling
I’m very disappointed in the selection of Scott Howard. He tries so hard to be Munsonesque that he has become almost a parody of himself. This was the opportunity to hire a broadcster who excels at the craft.

I know many will say “we want a Dawg!” but is that the best thing if the homer can’t accurately describe the action for the screaming and over reaction?

The good ol boy system continues to thrive over in Athens and that’s why this is one fan of 40+ years who will no longer listen while in my seat between the hedges.


June 22nd, 2009
7:58 am

Loren, it’s time to give it up. Hell, you should have hung it up many years ago as you add nothing to the Georgia broadcast. Thanks for your efforts and enjoy your retirement.

Too Easy

June 22nd, 2009
8:38 am

defacto: Lots of complaining, so who’s your perfect choice to replace someone who can’t be replaced? On another note, I see that the Athens police have charged two frat brothers for concealing the identies of 2 streakers who ran into the house. Must not have been any football players in town to pickup for drinking (gasp) or scooter mishaps.


June 22nd, 2009
9:06 am

be thankful, people. it could have been worse.

i have some uk friends and they were moaning when Caywood retired….they got over it. so will we. before long, everyone will be listening to scott howard tapes during tailgate

look at the sugar...

June 22nd, 2009
9:20 am

I agree that Scott overreacts on plays and yells too much, here’s hoping he settled into more of his basketball persona. Zeier was not on my hopeful list, but we have him so get used to it. Finally, yes it’s time for Loran to retire to his scotch bottle, but he won’t. He owns the tailgate show rights, you know. I don’t imagine he can be forced out without an ugly fight. So, we’re stuck with more useless info from the sideline and interviews from the Alderman from Hahira during the tailgate show, or worse, interviews with former players whom Loran refers to by the wrong name.


June 22nd, 2009
9:25 am

Eric Zeier… of the most intuitive Dawgs ever…..

“Georgia fans are passionate, but let’s face it – they’re not the brightest fans. Passionate, but not bright.” – Eric Zeier, Novemeber 21, 2001

Bigeared dog

June 22nd, 2009
9:26 am

Howard is awful. The worst is when he calls a big play and his voice breaks. I was disappointed when he replaced Phil Shaffer.

Zeier gives good insight into the Xs and Os.

Loren needs to get a show on PBS about eating peanuts and other totally irrelevant to football topics.


June 22nd, 2009
9:30 am

Why not Kevin Butler?

Get a guy in there who isn’t afraid to call it like it is.

Like when Willie sucks, he isn’t afraid to say it.

Like when Fabris’ special team strategy sucks, he’s not afraid to say it.

Like when Mark Richt makes a mistake (which people like Ole Dawg, and Altamaha would never believe), he’s not afraid to say it.

Kevin Butler is a Dawg, through and through.

He’s not the AD’s man, like Scott Howard.


June 22nd, 2009
10:30 am

I’m ok w/ it. I like Zeier. Howard’s a little boring. I like Jeff Dantzler if he could lay off the sauce.

Bryan G.

June 22nd, 2009
10:39 am

lol Bugkiller. Why must you pick on Altamaha and he UGA does no wrong perspective?

I don’t think Howard is that bad at all. I would have liked to see UGA make a play at Chip Caray (a UGA alum), but I think he likes his present gig/gigs too much.

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June 22nd, 2009
11:55 am

While I enjoy both Howard and Zeier, I think Jeff Dantzler was the man for the job. He already does play by play for the basketball and baseball games. He does a local sports show everyday in Athens and was a perfect fit. I can’t think of a bigger and better Dawg homer to replace Munson. JD bleeds red and black.

Why do some of you...

June 22nd, 2009
12:47 pm

…insist on bringing up “why not so and so, or, it should be…” It’s over and done, so shut up – nobody cares that a “40 year season ticket holder” will not be listening in his seat at Sanford Stadium – geez, you’re at the game, old timer, can’t you tell what is happening and who’s who from watching on the field? There are several thousand more who are not at the stadium, who will find Scott’s calls fine for them and everyone else not at the stadium. But give it a rest already with the melodrama about how so and so is no Larry and so and so should have gotten the job so I am not going to listen anymore. No wonder GT and UF make fun of us as fans!


June 22nd, 2009
1:25 pm

Your report on Courtney Kupets winning the Honda-Broderick Cup Award as best female athlete in the US is superior to any story about broadcasters. She should be honored on here as an athlete to blog about whose career is made to sound like an afterthought on the sports pages. Not only did she take individual awards, but saw to it that UGA was honored as a team to accomplish 5 NCs and is reigning National Champion. Kudos to Kupets! GO DAWGS!


June 22nd, 2009
4:15 pm

Tom, where and to whom did that Zier say that? Back it up with some context.

Lenny in Ludowici

June 22nd, 2009
4:24 pm

There will never be another like Munson at Georgia or Ciraldo at Tech. Why? Because the institutions want the vanilla/white bread/no accent “polished” guys. How the he11 did Munson ever come up with the “hobnailed boot” analogy? Don’t know, but you’ll never hear anything like that from anybody’s play by play guys these days. Reflect the region. Reflect the fanbase.

And to “Why Do Some of You….” There’s more to laugh at than the melodrama.


June 22nd, 2009
4:32 pm

I’m fine with Howard, but I’m not crazy about Zeier. I totally agree that Loran should step aside. His sideline reporting is OK, but his post game interviews are awful and they get worse every year.


June 22nd, 2009
5:03 pm

Poor Buck, he deserves a shot.

what’s wrong with him?

Dave in Buford

June 22nd, 2009
5:08 pm

Unfortunately, I cannot like the choice. I honestly don’t think Howard is particularly good at football play by play, and it’s got nothing to do with replacing Munson … I just don’t think he’s very good at it.

Zeier is okay, not great, but okay.

Dawg Man

June 22nd, 2009
7:23 pm

Scott Howard is terrible—-can’t they get munson back for a few games at least—pay him some big cash to get him in the booth for the big games, including Florida. I’ve had enough of Loren smith–he needs to retire.

Ho hum dawg

June 22nd, 2009
7:53 pm

The entire Georgia football broadcast network is just as vanilla as the UGA’s offense. CMRs coaches show is just as boring with that Chuck Dawdle.Vanilla,Vanilla ,Vanilla ! UGA needs a new fresh start!


June 22nd, 2009
8:26 pm

No disrespect to Stinchcomb but he couldnt hold Lorens jock. Loren has earned the right to call it quits when he wants to. Anyone who doesnt think so should really be ashamed. Thats some BS Florida would do. Whats really pathetic is all the old timers saying how they wont listen to Scott Howard and they are the same old timers that complain about real fans standing up and trying to give UGA a HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE. Larry Munson was given a chance back then and Scott deserves one now. Kevin Butler could have been a good choice, BUT he wasnt the CHOICE. Have some damn respect and give Scott a chance


June 22nd, 2009
8:29 pm

I second your opinion REAL FAN

gt sucks

June 22nd, 2009
8:32 pm

About time somebody said something with some sense.

The Truth

June 22nd, 2009
8:59 pm

This is a great pick to succeed Munson…It’s eleven times better than Florida’s announcer who sounds like a latent homosexual with his “Oh My” exclamations after a good play. The “Oh My’s” should only be said when missing a stich at a sewing circle…. not announcing a football game! Go Dawgs!


June 22nd, 2009
10:29 pm

WHAT A JOKE…..Eric Zeier puts me to sleep with his monotone dribble. And S. Howard is a second rate announcer that should be calling women’s volleyball, not major college football. It’s one thing to be a homer, but at least the announcers should have some talent. Buck Belue would have been such a better hire than Zeier. Hope to hear the TV announcers since my ears can’t take 3 hours of this Mickey Mouse group – sorry Damian you blew this one…….


June 22nd, 2009
11:04 pm

evans made the safe,but as usual with our A.D. it was a very boring selection.

both are novice with no flair as announcers,but maybe, they will improve.

there will be not need to turning the tv down as with larry,since neither brings much insight to the table.


June 23rd, 2009
3:35 am

They could bring back the original voice for the Hartsfield Airport underground trains and make that the announcer. Football games would be broadcasted by Cylone Centurians. Maybe you people would prefer William Shatner and Dolly Parton as the Bulldog announcers? “I’m…..SO…..stunned?”

They made the right call with Scott and Eric. Now the team needs to provide some wonderful memories to prove it.

“He missed that field goal by the skin of a toothbrush!” LARRY vs. Texas Tech, 1996.


June 24th, 2009
12:49 pm

Buck Belue would have neen so much better as the color analyst.
I would also nominate John Kinkaide from 680 the fan as the sideline reporter.

These guys are the best in the business.