By Joe Cox
As one of many first voices of the college of Kentucky men's basketball software, Claude Sullivan (1924–1967) grew to become a nationally identified sportscasting pioneer. His profession Kentucky's upward thrust to prominence as he introduced the 1st 4 NCAA championship titles lower than trainer Adolph Rupp and lined scrimmages throughout the canceled 1952–1953 season following the NCAA sanctions scandal. Sullivan additionally revolutionized the insurance of the united kingdom soccer software with the creation of a coach's exhibit with endure Bryant―a nationwide first that won major realization and later turned a staple at different associations. Sullivan's popularity in Kentucky finally propelled him to Cincinnati, the place he turned 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 contemporary Sportscasting, Claude's son Alan, in addition to Joe Cox, deals a fascinating and heartfelt examine the sportscaster's existence and the context during which he outfitted his profession. The Forties witnessed an important development in sportscasting around the nation, and Sullivan, a seventeen 12 months outdated from Winchester, Kentucky, entered the sector whilst it was once nonetheless a unique profession that used to be paving new roads for broadcast reporting. through the top of his occupation, Sullivan used to be named Kentucky's amazing Broadcaster by means of the nationwide organization of Sportscasters and Sportswriters for 8 consecutive years. His good fortune used to be tragically minimize 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 enticing biography showcases the lifestyles and paintings of a cherished broadcast expertise and records the increase of activities radio in the course of the 20th century.