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Deckerhoff earns NSMA voice of college sports award

Gene Deckerhoff is already known as “The Voice.” Now he is the Woody Durham Voice of College Sports Award winner.

Deckerhoff, who has called FSU football and basketball games since the 1970s, is the fourth winner of the voice of college sports award, which is presented by a panel of National Sports Media Association members (many of whom are also radio play-by-play broadcasters).

Because last year’s NSMA awards banquet was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year, there will be two Durham Award presentations. Last year’s winner, Johnny Holliday, radio play-by-play “voice” of University of Maryland football and basketball, will be presented with his award on June 27, 2021, while Deckerhoff will receive his award on June 28, during the 61st NSMA awards in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“That’s a tremendous honor,” Deckerhoff said in a statement. “When it comes to the profession of play-by-play broadcasting, the bar of success was set by Woody Durham. To even get close to that bar is quite an honor. I’m glad we (Florida State) got in the ACC when Woody was in his prime. For me, he is Carolina basketball.”

Deckerhoff began in radio in Palatka, Gainesville and Bradenton. He moved to Tallahassee to take over part-time FSU basketball play-by-play in 1974 and took over the full-time duties the next year. Deckerhoff also became a fixture with local TV affiliates and took over as FSU football play-by-play in 1979.

He will also call the Super Bowl on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play host to the Kansas City Chiefs.

To date, Deckerhoff has called:

  • 517 Florida State football games (42 seasons);
  • 1,288 Florida State basketball games (47th season);
  • 651 Tampa Bay Bucs football games (32nd season).

Deckerhoff joined Tom Block and Keith Jones last week on the “Front Row Noles” radio show to discuss the Bucs and calling the Super Bowl. You can listen on Apple devices here and on Android devices here.

Portions below are via NSMA release