Don Munson named new voice of the Tigers

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Basketball - Tim Bourett and Pete Yanity

Clemson football will have a new voice of the Tigers this fall.

Clemson director of creative media services Don Munson will take over the role from Pete Yanity.

Yanity, a sports director locally at WSPA 7, has had the call on the network for both football and basketball the last 11 years since longtime voice of Tigers Jim Phillips’ passing in 2003. The basketball play-by-play role is still open.

Don Munson, who has been a part of the Clemson radio network for the past 16 years, has been selected to do the play-by-play for Tiger football games beginning this fall.

Don Munson, who has been a part of the Clemson radio network for the past 16 years, has been selected to do the play-by-play for Tiger football games beginning this fall.

"Having an experienced broadcaster like Don on staff, it's great to be able to use his talents throughout the year," director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a Clemson release. "Pete always represented Clemson in a first-class and professional manner and never strayed from his endeavor as a consummate broadcaster. We wanted Pete to stay on board with the men's basketball program and other football broadcast opportunities, but understand his commitment to WSPA and his over 20-years of experience there."

Yanity confirmed it was Radakovich's call later in the day via a press release where he called Clemson "a great resource for our beautiful upstate and the state of South Carolina."

"What a wonderful run it’s been," Yanity said. "I had the pleasure of starting with the network in 2001 and then did my very best to at least hold the torch raised by the late, great Jim Phillips.

"Any individual is only as good as the support system he has around him. From the many great people I worked with in Clemson athletics, to the great staff with rights-holder Learfield Sports, I am so grateful for the opportunity I had. On each broadcast, I worked with a close-knit group of individuals and over the years we became brothers.

"In the past decade-and-a-half, I also gained another family. The Clemson family. And I am so much the better for it."

Tigers basketball coach Brad Brownell says Yanity went "the extra mile" on his broadcasts.

"I want to thank Pete Yanity for the professional manner in which he represented our program," said Brownell. "He went the extra mile whether it came to getting one of our games in the middle of football season, or the production of the game broadcast or television show."

Munson has served in a number of capacities on the Clemson Tigers Sports Network over the years, from football pregame shows to calling baseball and women’s basketball games.

He has been in the Clemson football office since 2010, when he was hired for the creative media services role.

"This is a great opportunity and role for Don and I'm extremely happy for him," Dabo Swinney said. "I enjoyed working with and getting to know Pete Yanity and respect his professionalism throughout his time broadcasting our games."

In addition to football play-by-play, Munson will host weekly football and basketball coaches' shows, help with department video features and more.

Munson's Clemson bio…

Munson took over the new position of Creative Media Services Director in July, 2010. He has department-wide responsibilities, with an emphasis on football. He supervises the football recruiting website and social media sites, provides video features for ClemsonTigers.com, authors articles for various Clemson publications and websites, and serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Prowl & Growl meetings during the spring. He also continues to serve as the host of the Clemson football and basketball coaches radio call-in program, "Tiger Calls," and provides play-by-play commentary on various Clemson Olympic sports.

Munson has covered Clemson athletics since 1994, when he first joined the network as the network's football pregame, halftime, and Fifth Quarter Show host. In 1995, he moved into a full-time position with the Clemson Sports Network as an on-air host and affiliate relations manager. In 1997, he was named operations manager and became part of the basketball broadcasts as a pregame, halftime, and locker room reporter.

In 2003, he rejoined the radio network as host of the Tiger Tailgate Show and Fifth Quarter Show. When Jim Phillips passed away in September of 2003, he assumed the duties as host of Tiger Calls and play-by-play announcer for women's basketball and baseball.

Munson is a 1984 graduate of Appalachian State with a B.S. degree in communications. He was the play-by-play voice at Appalachian State from 1984-91. In 1993, he served a season as the play-by-play voice of Western Carolina and in 1994 was the voice of the UNC Asheville men's basketball broadcasts.

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Bigboots writes:

Sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed Pete's calls. I know there were some who did not.
I certainly have nothing against Munson, but I think they should have looked for a better option. We could have done better.

kellytown writes:

I agree Pete just had that voice of the Clemson Tigers. Their's orange in the end zone. Pete just had the voice that well, I don't think this replacement will ever be that good.

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