"The Greatest College Basketball Announcer Of All-Time"
"Voice of the Wildacts"
- Football: UK 7 Tennessee 16 Nov, 23, 1991
- Basketball: UK 103 Duke 104 OT March 28, 1992
- Cawood Ledford "The Voice of the Wildcats" Memories
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- WSGS Celebrates Cawood's Birthday Today-Listen to Cawood's conversation with WSGS
"Hello everybody! This is Cawood Ledford from Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington..."
The game was on the air
"Write it down"
A shot was made. As in, "Farmer for three."
As in, "Hord from 15 feet...Got it!"
"Three if it goes"
A three-pointer was in in the air.
"It took a trip, but it stayed."
When a shot danced around the rim before falling.
"He went to war"
Described a particularly impressive "effort play" by a (unually Kentucky) player. As in, Winston really went to war on the boards that time, Ralph."
"He hasn't got it tonight."
When a player had a tough night. As in, "John Pelphrey is a fine basketball player but he just hasn't got it tonight."
If he stays 10 years, he'll never get a
better shot than that!"
When a Kentucky player missed a gimme.
"They've got to get him out of there."
When a player's repeated mistakes started to hurt Kentucky. As in, "Dale just doesn't have it. They've got to get him out of there"
"He missed that one"
Directed at officials. As in, "Don Rutledge is a fine official, but he sure missed that one."
"He had a notion"
When a player appeared to think about shooting but didn't."
"The Cats are running"
Cawood's signature call in the Rupp era.
I knew him from childhood by the light of the moon
As the voice of the Wildcats invaded my room.
The magic he'd bring to a boy dressed in blue
Was a dream in his heart that he could play too.
When I was away on some distant shore
In a far off country, during the Vietnam War.
I would listen to Cawood from a tape sent from home
And for a sweet moment, I was not alone.
And I'll never forget the last game he called
Was a heartbreaking moment, our progress had stalled.
A blanket of sadness crept over this fan
As I'd listen no more to this wonderful man.
The visions he conjured, are still in my mind
And I miss him today, as I write this line.
I remember his opener- word for word
Hello Everybody, This Is Cawood Ledford.
"From Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, this is Cawood Ledford saying thanks to each of you from the bottom of my heart for letting me share these great 39 years. Till we meet again, good bye."