WSB Still Hopeful on Munson

ATHENS – The Larry Munson Watch isn't over and may continue through the fall.

WSB Radio, Munson's employer, still hopes Munson calls every game of the 2007 Georgia football season but is prepared if that doesn't happen, said Neil Williamson, the station's director of sports marketing and one of Munson's on-air partners.

Munson, 84, has been the play-by-play voice of the Bulldogs for 40 years, but he is contemplating retirement due to a variety of health issues.

"It's our hope that come Sept. 1, Larry feels great and does every game," Williamson said. "Our plan as far as contingency goes is that in the event that Larry can't do one or more games for the 2007 season, Scott Howard will be the interim play-by-play man."

Howard has worked Georgia football games with Munson since 1993. When Munson retires for good, a permanent replacement will be chosen by the University of Georgia in consultation with WSB, Williamson said.

Munson did not return a message from Dawg Post left at his home Wednesday and his phone was busy Thursday morning.

As it stands, Munson could work every game, no games or any combination of games this season, Williamson said. Williamson and Munson have spoken about calling only home games, but Williamson doesn't want to limit Munson in any way, he said. Arrangements have been made to make Munson's trips more comfortable if he decides to work away games, Williamson said.

"We've talked to him about everything," Williamson said. "It's going to be his call."

Munson won't be pushed to make any decisions and will be able to decide as late as the week of each game if he will work that weekend, Williamson said.

WSB's play-it-by-ear strategy is fine with the UGA athletic department, athletics director Damon Evans said. Evans initiated a meeting with Munson on Tuesday after The Telegraph reported Munson was thinking of retiring, but Evans did not push Munson for a decision.

"We hope Larry stays around as long as he can to call games because that's how much he means to the Bulldog Nation," Evans said. "I want Larry to be around for 2007 in some capacity. Whatever capacity that is, we will deal with and go from there."

"He just has an open relationship," Williamson added. "Larry Munson as far as any of us are concerned can be the around until he's 106 years old is what Damon said the other day."

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