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John Morris – The “Voice of the Bears”
In his 31th season overall broadcasting Baylor Bear Football, the 2017-2018 school year is the 23nd for John Morris in his role as the signature voice of Baylor Athletics. Officially, he is Baylor’s Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcasting following in the footsteps of legendary Baylor announcer Frank Fallon. The 58-year old Morris worked alongside Fallon for eight years on the Baylor football broadcasts (1987-1995) and his duties now include play-by-play for Baylor football and men’s basketball in addition to daily Baylor and Big 12 programming and the daily “John Morris Show” on flagship station 1660 ESPN Radio in Waco. He ends the 2017 season having broadcast 354 consecutive B.U. Football games. In 2013, he was a finalist for Texas Sportscaster of the Year from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Morris has also broadcast Baylor Baseball, Softball, Women’s Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Equestrian, Track & Field and Acrobatics & Tumbling.
A December, 1980 Baylor graduate, Morris worked 15-years as TV sports anchor and Sports Director on Waco’s CBS affiliate, KWTX-TV before moving into the Baylor post. Honored three times over a four year period with awards from the Texas AP Broadcasters for sports play-by-play, Morris and Pat Nunley also won a Katie Award from the Dallas Press Club for Baylor Basketball broadcasts on WBAP. At Homecoming in November, 1999, Morris was named one of Baylor’s outstanding young alumni. In November, 2002, he was honored with the Frank Fallon Sportsmanship Award from the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.
John Morris is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and graduated with honors from Danville (Ky.) High School in 1977. A proud father of three, Morris is married to the former Terri Melton, a 1985 Baylor graduate. They are the parents of Meagan (28) a Baylor graduate, Maddie (24) a Baylor Nursing School Graduate, and M.J. (20) a Baylor Junior Engineering Major. The Morris family is active at First Baptist Church – Woodway.