Woody Durham, former voice of the Tar Heels, dead at 76

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WITN) - The voice of the Tar Heels for 40 years has passed away.

Woody Durham died peacefully at his home from complications of Primary Progressive Aphasia, according to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was 76 years old.

Durham was a 1963 graduate of Chapel Hill, and was the radio voice for both football and basketball from 1971 to 2011.

"Our family is grateful for the incredible support my dad and our family received throughout his illness," says Wes Durham. "From the medical teams to the general public, it's been amazing. We hold to and will always cherish the wonderful memories he left for our family and Carolina fans throughout the world."

Durham won the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year Award 13 times.

He started his broadcasting career at WUNC while attending Chapel Hill. Durham was also sports director at WFMY-TV in Greensboro and WPTF-TV in Raleigh.