If you're a sports fan of a certain age, you probably know Andrea Kirby's voice. From her roots in Alabama, she became a pioneering woman in sports broadcasting, reporting from around the globe on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in the '70s. From there, she changed jobs to become a media coach for athletes and coaches, becoming known in some circles as "the athlete whisperer." In this episode of SouthBound, she tells stories from both sides of the camera.
- Here's the iconic intro to the Wide World of Sports' "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat"
- Jim Mora's famous "Playoffs?" rant
- A story on NFL quarterback-turned-broadcaster Phil Simms and how Kirby helped him make the transition
And finally... I mentioned my mom in the introduction. Here's a few more words about her.
Where to Listen:
SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our producer is Nick de la Canal. Our web manager is Jennifer Lang. Our audience engagement producer is Joni Deutsch, and our theme music comes from Josh Turner.