Dinner with Johnny Holliday, October 9, 2019
On Wednesday, October 9, legendary broadcaster Johnny Holliday returned to the Better Sport Club podium. One of the longest-running broadcasters in Washington and Baltimore radio and television history, Johnny’s insightful and enthusiastic sports commentaries have brought enjoyment, appreciation and hope to generations of local sports fans since he arrived in Washington in 1969.
Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an evening with the one and only Johnny Holliday. While the phrase “credits too numerous to mention” was evidently coined to describe Johnny Holliday’s extensive broadcasting resume, here are just a few highlights:
Now in his 40th year as play-by-play voice of the University of Maryland, Johnny has broadcast more than 1,500 Terrapin football and basketball games, including 16 bowl games, 12 sweet sixteens, 2 Final Fours and Maryland’s National Championship win over Indiana in 2002. He also handled play-by-play duties for George Washington University basketball and Navy football.
For 12 seasons Johnny hosted the Washington Nationals’ pre- and post-game shows on MASN, where he once again won the affection of legions of local fans as he complemented the inimitable, but frequently indecipherable, Ray Knight. Just a few decades earlier, Johnny hosted the Washington Senators’ pre-game radio show with Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams.
Before coming to Washington, Johnny was the top-rated radio personality in Cleveland, New York City and San Francisco, where he was named America’s Number-One Disc Jockey. In 2003, he was inducted into the Radio-Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Johnny is an honorary member of the Better Sports Club and served as Master of Ceremonies at the club’s annual awards banquet six times between 1984 and 1991. His last appearance at one of our monthly meetings was in February 2012.
Off the air, Johnny has been seen on stage in leading roles in such productions as Finian’s Rainbow, Carnival, Bye-Bye Birdie, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Same Time Next Year, The Odd Couple, Follies, Company, Music Man, The Apple Tree, 42nd Street and Me and My Girl, for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for Best Actor in a Washington musical.
Despite his busy schedule, Johnny still finds time to participate in a variety of charitable activities, including Catholic Charities, Special Olympics, Georgetown Visitation, the Patricia Sullivan Benefit Dinner and the Catholic Youth Organization. He hosts his own celebrity golf tournament to benefit The Youth Leadership Foundation, which has raised over $1.5 million for scholarships for kids to attend high school and college. His basketball and softball teams have also raised over a million dollars for charity. Over the years, Johnny has served as television host for Muscular Dystrophy, Leukemia, Cerebral Palsy, Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes and Eastern Seals telethons.
Johnny Holliday is the author of From Rock to Jock, chronicling his amazing and unique career, and Hoop Tales, Great Moments in Maryland Terrapins Men’s Basketball.