Loran Smith replaced as UGA sideline reporter

(Updated 8 p.m.)

ATHENS — After 36 years as sideline reporter on radio broadcasts of University of Georgia football games, Loran Smith will not be in that role this season.

He’ll be replaced by Chuck Dowdle, the former WSB-TV sports director.

Smith will continue in his other long-time role as co-host, with Neil Williamson, of Georgia’s three-hour radio pregame show, the “Tailgate Show.”

Georgia associate athletic director Alan Thomas said the change of sideline reporters had been “contemplated” since the 2008 retirement of legendary play-by-play voice Larry Munson altered the “dynamics” of the broadcast.

“I had 36 good years on the sideline,” Smith told the AJC Thursday night. “It’s been fun, and I appreciate the support of the Georgia people.

“I had a good time, and I look forward to more good times. I don’t have to be on the sidelines to enjoy the broadcast and my role.

“I finally get to sit up in the press box where I can see,” Smith added with a laugh.

Smith said he joined UGA’s radio broadcast team in the early 1970s and has served as sideline reporter continuously since 1974. Munson’s hand-off call to Smith became a familiar and enduring part of UGA lore.

Munson’s exact words varied from time to time, Smith said.  “‘Whaddaya got, Loran?’ That’s how it started, and I think it became interchangeable,” Smith said. “I think  just whatever came to mind. He might have started with my name or might have concluded with it.”

Smith, 72,  said he leaves the sideline with “a lot of good memories” and confidence many more are yet to be made under coach Mark Richt’s leadership.

“I’m just looking forward to the future,” Smith said.

Thomas said Smith remains an important part of the broadcast team on the pregame show. Having Dowdle serve as sideline reporter is “a natural progression” of his role on the post-game locker-room show, Thomas said.

In another change to the radio lineup, veteran SEC broadcaster Charlie McAlexander will join Jeff Dantzler on the “Bulldog Game Day” show, which airs one hour before the “Tailgate Show.”

302 comments Add your comment

home&home

August 26th, 2010
4:52 pm

Does Chuck like boiled peanuts?

Vick=Dog killing Thug

August 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

I always liked Loran

Greg Mc

August 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

I love Loran and he’s a great Bulldog. However, this is another great upgrade for UGA broadcast. I will look forward to this change.

Bradley G

August 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

Whaddyagot Loran…will be missed.

JMLDawg

August 26th, 2010
4:56 pm

Say it ain’t so! Is nothing sacred? First Larry, now Loran…

69dog

August 26th, 2010
4:57 pm

Jeff Dantzler is a great talent. Jeff is a total UGA man. He needs to be involved as THE featured broadcaster. Jeff Dantzler needs to be included in the broadcast in any way possible. Chuck Dowdle is a dope. Charlie McAlexander is a total UT man. Go back to Tenn!

fo fi free

August 26th, 2010
4:59 pm

who cares? to hell with them all

josh

August 26th, 2010
5:01 pm

quick, someone tell reggie brown’s high school coach.

gem dawg

August 26th, 2010
5:01 pm

Nobody can say whaddyagotLoren like Munson. I think Dowdle will make a good sideline voice so I’m happy with that.

rj

August 26th, 2010
5:01 pm

Chuck Dowdle is an arrogant a** and certainly can’t add anything to any sport

Mr. Dawg

August 26th, 2010
5:02 pm

For sentimental reasons I would never have called for either Larry’s or Loran’s job. But like Larry, Loran lost his groove a long time ago. In my opinion Loran was always there more for tradition than knowledge and talent on the sidelines. Once Larry stepped down the charm was gone. Love ‘em both. But I look forward to the new energy and insight.

Griff

August 26th, 2010
5:03 pm

Although we appreciate Chuck Dowdle, Loran is very special; a true Southern Gentleman with class. We love hearing his gentle cadence and value his long history with UGA. In our opinion, he should be kept there until his health says otherwise.

jarvis

August 26th, 2010
5:05 pm

Dowdle an a-hole? I’ve never heard that before. I’ve always heard he is one of the nicest guys in the business.

As for Loran, I agreee with Mr. Dawg. He was there for tradition purposes only. Didn’t add a lot.

Concrete Pete

August 26th, 2010
5:06 pm

josh- ben scott

jonnycash

August 26th, 2010
5:07 pm

Great news. Smith was terrible.!!!

Chuck Doodle

August 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

Twiddle dee and twiddle dum get ready for some softball analysis of UGA football.

David

August 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

Loran Smith hasn’t uttered anything relevant for 15 years. Hopefully Dowdle will find something of interest to report on. If not I’d rather listen to a student give updates from the student section during games. It would be more interesting than what we’ve heard from Smith for all these years.

Frank

August 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Man how am I going to findout if any of the players catch the cramps, and findout if its Norma Genn Riley’s birthday. Seriously nobody made more fun of Loran than me, but he will be missed. The broadcast will not be the same without him.

mateo

August 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Chuck has the same hairdo when he was at Ga. Sate 40 years ago.

Clemson Kyickah

August 26th, 2010
5:12 pm

‘…we’re here on the sidelines with the Clemson kickuh…’

bulldog bubba

August 26th, 2010
5:12 pm

Why can’t they leave tradition alone? Loran does a great job.I thought Chuck retired from sports.Why can’t Jeff Dantzler do color instead of Eric Zeier? These are the “tough questions”.Wheres channel 46 when you need them? Oh wait they don’t do sports anymore.Bring Loran back!Bring Loran!Bring Loran back!!!!!!!!

RADIO DAWG

August 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

If I’m not mistaken,
what Larry Munson always said was :

” Loran, What a ya got ? ”

I do know Larry always said Loran first.

Stinger

August 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

Loren was one dumb sideline reporter. Weeellll Larrrrr, he may be back for the second half, but then again he may not. Yankee Doodle won’t be any better. What a homer. I am thrilled that I won’t see hit butt on TV again, one pathetic sports announcer.

CCdawg 84

August 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

So now instead of “Loran, whaddayougot?” we”ll get “What’s up Chuck?”

MCT

August 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

I’ll certainly miss hearing Loran’s voice on the radio, but this seems as good of a time as any for a full changing of the guard. Best wishes to him!
I tend to judge people in the spotlight based on how they treat children. Mr. Dowdle was my first experience with this. I met him when I was probably 8 years old at a tennis tournament. Though he was just trying to do his job, he was very friendly to me and everyone else enjoying the presence of our local “celebrity.” I’ve liked him ever since.
Good for him, and GO DAWGS!

Clete

August 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

About time. Loran sucked as a sideline reporter. He is a DGDawg, though.

Joanna

August 26th, 2010
5:18 pm

NOOOO! This isn’t right! I still wanted to hold on to something after Munson left. Loran was it.

TheNumber34

August 26th, 2010
5:18 pm

69 Dog….I’m with you. JD is the most knowledgeable UGA man outside of Dan McGill, and JD is a natural. JD has his detractors, but there’s no denying his love and knowledge of the Dawgs.

Briarcliff Baron

August 26th, 2010
5:19 pm

Chuck Dowdle is a good guy.

Eric Zeir and that “squeaky” voice needs to be replaced.

Nice One

August 26th, 2010
5:21 pm

Josh- Reggie Brown’s high school coached passed away soon after Reggie played from kidney disease. Weak attempt at a joke

Dawg85

August 26th, 2010
5:24 pm

Stinger — I’m glad you listen to Georgia football broadcasts. Another sign of Dawg envy from nerd nation.

Loran, What a ya got ?

August 26th, 2010
5:24 pm

Yea,
I’m pretty sure it was “Loran. What a ya got ? ”

Can someone verify this with Mr. Munson or Loran ?

jarvis

August 26th, 2010
5:24 pm

“Laaaarrrry, I’m down here surrounded by some Comadoor backers. They seem unhappy about their current situation in the ball game. Seems they would prefer to be in the lead. Back to you Laaarrrry.”

On the pointless scale of 1-10, Loran was usually about a 31. That kind of crap won’t be missed.

The Tick

August 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

nothing against chuck … he’s just miles below Loran … light years even. I will never understand the lost love for Loran over the past 5 or 10 years. I think someone just started the precedent (to downgrade him) and it became all the rage to pile on. Totally undeserved. He’s still the same great Dawg he has always been. Consider this exchange on the tailgate show when visor boy went to the
Redskins: Hondo: “Well I for one wish him well in the NFL.” Munson: “I’ll go along with that. What do you say, Loran?” Loran: “I hope he dies … I can’t believe y’all!!”
In my book if you ain’t on Loran’s side, you’re on Spurrier’s

Travis

August 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

Jeff Dantzler is NOT the man for play by play nor color. He’s a nut and a nugget. He wears his heart on his sleeze. Wonder what color his panties are?

Dawg85

August 26th, 2010
5:27 pm

I’ll miss Loran. He was a tradition on the sidelines. I always like him. I do have to echo the above comments about Jeff Dantzler. I always thought he should have been the guy who replaced Larry.

It's About Time

August 26th, 2010
5:28 pm

Probably one of the worst voices in any medium. Always sounded like he was coming out of a coma. Add to that a lack of substance and it was some of the worst tv/radio in the business. The ONLY reason he was around was because Larry kept him for sentimental reasons. Otherwise there’s no way any athletic department would have hired him, much less kept him around for any length of time.
He can count himself lucky for having a job for that long. The luckiest guy in GA given his talent level.

olddawg

August 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

About Damn Time

Dawg85

August 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

Travis wanting to know what color JD’s underwear is tells us all we need to know about Travis.

Mr. College Football

August 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

An unspeakable human tragedy.

Tom Davis

August 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I never understood what Loran was talking about and I liked it that way.

Buzz

August 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

Travis already know what color my panties are.

mcdaviddawg

August 26th, 2010
5:32 pm

Chucky is about as terrible as anyone could be. Loran may not have been great but he does represent tradition and is way ahead of Chucky. Bad move Georgia.

AltamahaDawg

August 26th, 2010
5:32 pm

“whatchagot Loran” is an entity of it’s own. Doesn’t even have to do with Loran Smith anymore neccesarily. It’s just the universal language around the tailgate for anybody asking a question. I’m one fan that will miss him.

Loran, What a ya got ? or Watchagot Loran?

August 26th, 2010
5:33 pm

Can we please get an answer,
Was it ” Watchagot Loran? ”
or ” Loran, What a ya got? ”
or both?

Tville Dawg

August 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

UGA has had for a number of years a very capable goodwill ambassador in Loren Smith. He goes throughout the state and represents the university in a number of ways-speeches, writings, visits to the Bulldog club chapters, etc.

Loren has always been acommodating local people all over the state, whether acknowledging a funeral for one of the bulldog faithful, or writing a piece for the local newspaper about a favorite son or daughter that is in Athens participating in the programs.

Thanks Loren for all you have done-look forward to hearing your tailgate show.

HBTD

August 26th, 2010
5:35 pm

I’ll miss Loran. He’s a DGD! He’s been an institution for a long time. Should have been allowed to call it quits in his own time.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

August 26th, 2010
5:35 pm

Chuck Doodle are you kidding

Great

Scooter Howard and Chuck Doody well I just retired my headphones

How about Zeir and Kevin Butler

At least with those two you get knowledge about the game and not the

Yea yea yea yea TOUCH DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWNNNNNNNN crap and a Chucky whats going on down there?

Well Scott I really enjoyed watching that great great play. Water girl what did you think

George G.

August 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

Good gracious…I know Dowdle’s an “Atlanta sports legend” and all, but how does he continue to get work? He’s awful on the Braves postgame, awful with Chuck and Chernoff and awful in general. He doesn’t bring anything to the table other than his name, which quite honestly isn’t that good with people under the age of 35.

HBTD

August 26th, 2010
5:36 pm

I think Larry said it a few ways.