Podcast Episode 39: The voice of the Terps, Johnny Holliday, takes us inside the world of play-by-play

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Welcome to Episode 39 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz.

We started the show by analyzing the Maryland men’s basketball team’s big road win over Iowa from Tuesday night (6:30). It marked the Terps’ first conference road win over a ranked opponent since January 19, 2008. We got into the Terps overcoming some home cooking and what this win means for Mark Turgeon‘s team.

Speaking of the Terps, up next is an exclusive interview with the voice of Maryland football and men’s basketball, Johnny Holliday (17:21). Holliday has over 50 years of broadcasting experience. After Johnny and Jake briefly talked about Maryland’s loss to Michigan from Saturday (interview was recorded on Sunday), Holliday told us how he’s still going strong at age 81, what his goals are for each broadcast, and much more. If you are a big Maryland fan or are exploring a career in play-by-play, you need to hear this interview!

Up next, the guys react to the news of Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres agreeing to terms on the richest contract in the history of American Sports (41:36). Is paying Machado $300 million worth it for the Padres, and will Bryce Harper‘s looming contract agreement exceed Machado’s?

Sticking to baseball, the next part of the show takes a look at some of the early events of Orioles Spring Training (53:38). You’ll hear our takes on the Alcides Escobar signing, Dean Kremer‘s injury setback, Ryan Mountcastle‘s position change, and the announcement regarding an increased amount of Spring Training broadcasts.

For this week’s Ravens talk, we addressed the biggest takeaways from Greg Roman‘s Tuesday press conference (1:08:44). It marked Roman’s first presser as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator. Roman talked about the schematic changes the offensive coaches are planning, Lamar Jackson‘s development as a passer, Jackson’s ball security issues, and much more.

As usual, we ended the show with the numbers segment, taking a look at the most notable Baltimore sports athletes to wear the number 39 on their jersey (1:20:37).

You can find the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast on SoundCloud, Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, and now TuneIn. Please leave us a review on iTunes, we love to hear your feedback and may read it on a future episode. Thanks for listening!

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