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In Memoriam: Ron Franklin

Texas’ first “Voice of the Longhorns” and longtime broadcasting great, Ron Franklin passed away on January 18. "O how wonderful is the human voice!" wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "It is indeed the organ of the soul." Longfellow went on to encapsulate other characteristics of humans. "The intellect...
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New York Post

Ron Franklin, longtime ESPN announcer, dead at 79

Ron Franklin, who called college basketball and football for ESPN for over 20 years, died at the age of 79 this week. Tributes have been pouring in. “Just heard the sad news that my ⁦former @espn⁩ colleague, Ron Franklin, has passed away,” tweeted ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla. “An amazing broadcasting talent & a good man. Was a part of so many great ⁦@Big12Conference⁩ broadcasts with him. RIP, partner.”

Remembering former KPRC 2 sports anchor Ron Franklin: Read the warm messages honoring the beloved sportscaster

HOUSTON – Ron Franklin, a sports anchor and reporter for KPRC 2 for much of the 1980s, has died. He was 79 years old. Franklin had a long career in the industry that stretched beyond his anchoring and reporting on KPRC 2, which he did from 1980 through 1987. The Mississippi native also was the play-by-play voice for the Houston Oilers during the “Luv Ya Blue” years, as well as the Texas Longhorns for football and basketball for several years during the 1980s. Nationally, Franklin was perhaps best known for several decades at ESPN, where he served in different roles as a play-by-play announcer calling games and hosting shows.

Longtime ESPN broadcaster Ron Franklin dies at 79

Longtime ESPN broadcaster Ron Franklin has died. Franklin died on Tuesday, according to multiple reports on social media. He was 79. Franklin worked at ESPN calling primarily college basketball and college football games from 1987-2011. He was the play-by-play voice of the Texas Longhorns from 1983-1988 and Houston Oilers from 1977-1982. Franklin called Big 12 games for several years alongside Fran Fraschilla, who reacted to the news of Franklin’s death on Twitter.
Houston Chronicle

Former voice of Houston sports Ron Franklin, who rose to fame at ESPN, dead at 79

Ron Franklin, who spent nearly 20 years as a prominent voice on the Houston sports scene before rising to national prominence with ESPN, died Tuesday at the age of 79. Franklin worked 24 years at ESPN, primarily as a play-by-play announcer for college football and college basketball. He was the voice of ESPN’s prime-time college football game from 1987 to 2005 before moving over to ESPN on ABC to call primarily Big 12 games.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Ron Franklin passes away at age of 79

Longtime sportscaster Ron Franklin passed away on Tuesday at the age of 79. Franklin was a basketball and football play-by-play commentator for the University of Texas, the play-by-play voice of the Houston Oilers, the sports director for KSWS in Roswell, New Mexico, KVOO in Tulsa, Oklahoma, KHOU in Houston and KPRC in Houston. Franklin then spent 24 years working for ESPN as a commentator for college football and college basketball.
Houston Chronicle

Announcer Ron Franklin remembered as one of Houston’s best

In a city that has turned out its share of outstanding sports announcers, Ron Franklin, the former sports anchor for KHOU and KPRC and longtime college sports voice for ESPN, was remembered Wednesday as one of Houston’s best. Franklin, 79, died Tuesday in Austin, where he had lived since...

Mike Gottfried on Ron Franklin: ‘He loved college football’

So many things about Ron Franklin stand out in Mike Gottfried’s memory, but one quality superseded all the others. “There’s not many like him, because his voice was so strong and so good,” Gottfried told on Wednesday. “And then add the passion he had for his job. He was a great play-by-play man, and a good man and a great friend. We’re going to miss him.”