Rick's Interview with Verne Lundquist - Famed CBS Play-by-Play Voice

Tuesday, October 16th
Here is Rick's Interview with Famed, Verne Lundquist as talk about some of the greatest moments in sports history from the man who was there and they chat about his new book! Enjoy!


Verne Lundquist, or "Uncle Verne" as many know him, has one of the most recognizable voices, and faces, in sports. After more than 50 years in broadcasting,PLAY BY PLAY: Calling the Wildest Games in Sports - From SEC Football to College Basketball, The Masters, and More (William Morrow; Hardcover; October 9, 2018; $ 28.99) marks the first time "Uncle Verne" turns the spotlight on himself-recalling some of the most important, unbelievable, and even outlandish moments he's seen happen on the field, in the clubhouse, or otherwise over the last five decades.

Written with Verne's familiar humor and flair, PLAY BY PLAY begins with the early days of his career as a sports anchor in Austin in 1963. He soon moved to Dallas, where he continued as an anchor and play-by-play announcer for the Cowboys in the 1970s, when the team dominated the game of football. Over the next fifty years, he covered innumerable sporting events for a variety of networks, most notably CBS Sports, which he first joined in 1982. He moved to Turner Sports in 1995 for three years, while continuing to cover figure skating for CBS. He returned to the network in 1998, and two years later he began his tenure as the beloved play-by-play announcer for SEC on CBS. Over the course of his time with CBS, he covered more than twenty different sports for the network.

Verne has always seen himself as a teller of stories, and he doesn't hold anything back in PLAY BY PLAY as he takes readers behind the scenes of some of the most iconic moments in sports history, including:

. Jack Nicklaus' legendary one-stroke victory at the 1986 Masters Tournament

. Christian Laettner's buzzer beater in the 1992 NCAA Tournament, which sent the Blue Devils to the Final Four

. Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Winter Olympics

. Tiger Woods' astounding comeback at the 2005 Masters Tournament

. The "Year of the Upset" - the historic year when an unranked or lower-ranked team defeated a favorite 59 times over the course of the 2007 regular season, including teams lead by Tim Tebow (University of Florida) and Matt Flynn (LSU)

. Tennessee-Alabama in 2009, when Terrence "Mount" Cody blocked two crucial kicks to bring home another Crimson Tide victory

. The Kick Six Iron Bowl of 2013, where the Auburn Tigers delivered a shocking blow to the heavily favored University of Alabama

Verne also remembers the friendships he's made along the way, and shares with readers personal, surprising anecdotes about his life both inside and outside the booth, including:

. His lifelong fascination with radio, and the call that brought him into a radio booth for the first time (surprise: it had nothing to do with sports)

. The small, but important, role he played as a KTBC-AM (Austin) employee on November 22, 1963 - the day JFK Jr. was assassinated

. Why he initially viewed the SEC play-by-play gig as a demotion, and what made him realize it was actually the most significant assignment of his career

. The conversations he had with Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach about his recurring concussions and how they might impact him down the line

. The legendary broadcaster who convinced Verne to host Bowling for Dollars - and why

. Why he disagreed with President Carter's decision to pull the U.S. out of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

. His unlikely love affair with figure skating, and his longtime friendship with Scott Hamilton

. Why he agrees with many that University of Alabama's Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach to date

. The time he found himself in the middle of a near altercation between Bob Knight and Tommy Heinsohn

. Happy Gilmore - how he came to be part of the famous film, and how he learned he was second choice to Pat Summerall

. Why he feels so passionately about the Army-Navy game, and why he chose it as his final college football broadcast


VERNE LUNDQUIST began his remarkable broadcasting career at KTBC-TV in Austin, TX. He joined CBS Sports in 1982, and during his tenure he covered more than twenty sports for the network. Lundquist was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2007, and in May 2016 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports at the 37th annual Sports Emmy Awards. He lives in Steamboat Springs, CO.

"Verne Lundquist's legendary voice echoes throughout the annals of sports broadcasting. He is a timeless storyteller with a unique ability to make fans feel like they are sitting right next to him watching history, while at the same time almost not realizing he is even there. Verne is a friend, a Hall of Famer, and the soundtrack to so many unforgettable memories in sports history." -NICK SABAN, Head Football Coach, University of Alabama Crimson Tide

"Uncle Verne made Saturdays better, he made the SEC better, and he made college football better. Thank you for sharing your story with sports fans everywhere. Readers are sure to be entertained by your powerful storytelling." -TIM TEBOW, Heisman Trophy Winner and New York Times bestselling author

"I have never known any other broadcaster who touches my dear friend Verne Lundquist's heart, mind, and talent. My many years of sitting to his right were the very best in my television career. Class, integrity, knowledge, and experience put him in a class by himself. A storyteller telling his story. Doesn't get much better than that!" -SCOTT HAMILTON, 1984 Olympics Men's Figure Skating Gold Medalist​