Bill Mercer honored

Courtesy of the Dallas Morning News

They recognized the contributions of the legendary radio voice at the University of North Texas football on Friday night. A meeting room in the new Apogee Stadium press box was christened the Bill Mercer Press Club.

Mercer, 86, was the play-by-play voice of the Mean Green from 1959 to 1994 and also taught broadcasting at the school for more than three decades.

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In addition, Mercer was the first play-by-play voice of the Texas Rangers in 1972 and 1973. Before that he spent six seasons in the Dallas Cowboys radio booth. After those Cowboys and Rangers gigs he settled in as the television announcer for the Dallas-based, Fritz Von Erich-run World Championship Wrestling.

If you are too young to remember Mercer’s work, perhaps you’ve heard some of this UNT students behind the microphone. The Rangers’ Dave Barnett, The Mavericks’ Mark Followill, the University of Texas’ Craig Way as well as The Ticket’s George Dunham and Craig Miller all studied under Mercer and were instrumental in having the meeting room named in his honor.

Read more at the Dallas Morning News where this story was originally published.