By Joe Cox
As one of many first voices of the collage of Kentucky men's basketball application, Claude Sullivan (1924–1967) grew to become a nationally identified sportscasting pioneer. His occupation Kentucky's upward thrust to prominence as he introduced the 1st 4 NCAA championship titles less than trainer Adolph Rupp and lined scrimmages in the course of the canceled 1952–1953 season following the NCAA sanctions scandal. Sullivan additionally revolutionized the insurance of the united kingdom soccer software with the advent of a coach's express with undergo Bryant―a nationwide first that received major cognizance and later grew to become a staple at different associations. Sullivan's popularity in Kentucky ultimately propelled him to Cincinnati, the place he grew to become the voice of the Reds, or even to the 1960 summer season Olympic video games in Rome.
In Voice of the Wildcats: Claude Sullivan and the increase of recent Sportscasting, Claude's son Alan, besides Joe Cox, bargains an attractive and heartfelt examine the sportscaster's lifestyles and the context within which he equipped his occupation. The Forties witnessed an important development in sportscasting around the kingdom, and Sullivan, a seventeen 12 months outdated from Winchester, Kentucky, entered the sphere while it was once nonetheless a unique profession that used to be paving new roads for broadcast reporting. throughout the top of his profession, Sullivan used to be named Kentucky's striking Broadcaster through the nationwide organization of Sportscasters and Sportswriters for 8 consecutive years. His luck was once tragically reduce brief while he kicked the bucket from throat melanoma at forty-two
Featuring dozens of interviews and correspondence with activities legends, together with Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, Babe Parilli, Cliff Hagan, Ralph Hacker, Jim Host, Billy Reed, Adolph Rupp, and Cawood Ledford, this attractive biography showcases the lifestyles and paintings of a cherished broadcast expertise and files the increase of activities radio throughout the 20th century.