‘It’s been a miraculous experience for me and a marvelous adventure.’ Utley reflects on career, Hall of Fame induction
Staff, 2022-09-27 00:32:42,
The Kentucky Broadcasters Association inducted Joel Utley, known as the “Voice of the Panthers” for his historic run as a radio announcer for Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball, into their Mic Hall of Fame on Monday during their state convention at the Owensboro Convention Center.
“I’m just virtually overwhelmed and I can’t thank the KBA enough,” Utley said. “And I can’t thank those who have supported me all these years enough. It’s been a miraculous experience for me and a marvelous adventure.”
It’s been a long wait for Utley to finally receive the honor, as he was notified about a year ago but everything was put on hold because of COVID-19. Utley said he’d been anxiously and nervously waiting for the opportunity to arrive and couldn’t be more grateful that it’s here.
“I’m telling you, other than the birth of my three children this is the finest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Utley said. “There’s no question about that. I’ve obviously been recognized in other areas, but to be recognized in your home state by the KBA is the [pinnacle] of the whole sha-bang.”
Utley announced his retirement in August after 61 years and the radio play-by-play of 1,933 KWC games. He is college basketball’s record holder for play-by-play longevity and total games called.
Utley also has the distinction as the only broadcaster in the nation to call 12 NCAA basketball championship games (across all…
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