Johnny Holliday: From Rock To Jock

 

 " He's been one of the most familiar voices in radio for decades, as a disk jockey, sportscaster, and the "voice-over" for commercials. I know him best as the "voice of God" announcing TV shows, including my own. And Johnny Holliday has loved almost every minute of it. This exuberant account of his years in broadcasting will make you smile and then laugh out loud. What a life!" -- Cokie Roberts | ABC News, National Public Radio

 

Versatile broadcaster Johnny Holliday has written a delightful autobiographical memoir called "From Rock to Jock." Holliday is the longtime voice of Maryland football and basketball, but he started out in life as a disc jockey on stations from San Francisco to New York. This is a man who hosted the Beatles' last concert in the United States before the band broke up. This is a man who once traveled with the Monkees as the announcer on a nationwide tour. Over five decades, Holliday has done radio and television at a wide variety of stations, including a long stint at WMAL in Washington, covered a number of Olympic competitions for ABC Radio, where he also handled daily sportscasts for many years and has even starred in countless Dinner Theater productions around the area. For the holidays, a little Holliday makes a sweet read." -- Leonard Shapiro, The Washington Post 12/14

Hoop Tales: Maryland Men's Basketball

 

"Voice of the Terps" broadcaster Johnny Holliday has written this book from the heart. It's an often humorous but always sincere account of Maryland Terp basketball memories that stand out as Holliday's favorites. It is very selective but very cool, and the photos are varied and add much to the enjoyment of this book. A few things make Johnny's book worth having for every college basketball fan: a chapter on many of the veteran referees who were in the middle of the action. Their memories, quotes, opinions, etc are interesting. Coach Gary Williams obviously spent time with Holliday and his co-author Stephen Moore on chapters discussing program "turning points" and the 2002 championship, and Coaches Lefty and Bud give their views as well. Dozens of players talk with Holliday about their favorite moments. Holliday was also friends with Len Bias, and the chapter on Bias is very moving. Many fans are also featured. All in all, I think this is a book for every Maryland Terp fan.

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"HOPE: That Johnny Holliday's autobiography, "From Rock to Jock," will find its way onto every night table in the area. Mr. H. is a huge talent in his first field of radio. He's just as terrific at musical theater. And at hitting open 18-foot jump shots (I know -- he used to hit them while I was guarding him). Now comes a book that doesn't dodge warts or paint over past controversies. A hearty hooray to the voice of the Maryland Terrapins." -- Bob Levey, The Washingotn Post 12/31

 

 “You think Johnny Holliday is a great sportscaster? You should've seen him on the court, as a blazing point guard on various radio station basketball teams. And you should've heard Johnny as a rapid-fire DJ, spinning stacks of hot wax at topflight Top 40 stations, from San Francisco to New York City. Stephen Moore slows him down just enough to tell you Johnny's amazing story." Ben Fong-Torres, Author, "The Hits Just Keep On Coming.”

 

"I heartily recommend "From Rock to Jock," the autobiography of Johnny Holliday, voice of the Maryland Terrapins ($22.95, Sports Publishing). It's full of great stories about Johnny's days as a disc jockey (not to mention the time he pitched three innings of one-hit ball in a celebrity baseball game at Yankee Stadium). Local writer/musician Stephen Moore collaborated with him on the book, and the result is a very entertaining read." -- Dan Daly, The Washington Times, 12/22

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