Middle Tennessee State University - Midlander Yearbook (Murfreesboro, TN)

 - Class of 1982

Page 81 of 326

 

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" The Voice Of The Blue Raiders " Local radio broadcaster Monte Hale, also known as " The Voice of the Blue Raiders, " died Jan. 2, 1982, at the age of 42. Hale had fought a 15-year battle with cancer after the initial discovery that an inflamation of the tongue he had suffered since high school was malignant. Arriving in Rutherford County in the early 1960 ' s, Hale built a large audience with his exciting play-by-play broadcasting of athletic contest involving both the MTSU Blue Raiders and the Murfreesboro Central High School Ti- gers. Hale purchased a part -ownership of WGNS radio in Murfreesboro for the airing of the broadcasts. In only a few years, he became the sole owner of WMTS AM-FM. On this station in 1978, Hale became the first play-by-play an- nouncer for the new Nashville Sounds minor- league baseball franchise. He continued his broadcasts of MTSU foot- ball and basketball until early 1981, even after his station was sold. Although half of Hale ' s tongue was removed during surgery in 1966, he returned to his first love, broadcasting, following several months of rehabilitation in 1967. Hale continued in his role of MTSU sports - caster, even though surgery forced him to miss several games of the 1980-1981 season. Following numerous trips to the surgeon ' s table. Hale announced that he would be unable to continue in his present position as official Blue Raider sportscaster. Having been past president of the Blue Raider Club ( MTSU ' s athletic booster orga- nization), he was also an active fund -raiser for the athletic department and the ever- present master of ceremonies at ail MTSU athletic functions. Hale, a member of the Southwest Baptist Church, became the first non -graduate, non- athlete member to be inducted into the MTSU Blue Raider Sports Hall of Fame. Monty Hale will not only be known as the " Voice of the Blue Raiders " , but as a coura- geous citizen of this community and a inspi- ration to all of those who have followed his career. /S3\ Commentary by Myra ' Young 71 monty hale

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