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Reynolds honored for 33 years as "Voice of the Mocs"

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UTC interim AD Laura Herron (right) helped honor play-by-play man Jim Reynolds (left) Thursday during his 1,000th broadcast of Mocs' basketball. UTC interim AD Laura Herron (right) helped honor play-by-play man Jim Reynolds (left) Thursday during his 1,000th broadcast of Mocs' basketball.
Jim Reynolds calls the action of UTC's Thursday night game against UNCG from his position on press row at McKenzie Arena. Jim Reynolds calls the action of UTC's Thursday night game against UNCG from his position on press row at McKenzie Arena.
Jim Reynolds (right) interviews former UTC head coach Murray Arnold after a game early in his career. Jim Reynolds (right) interviews former UTC head coach Murray Arnold after a game early in his career.

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- When he's sitting behind the microphone, Jim Reynolds doesn't really feel his age.

But it's a different story when the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga play-by-play man is getting off the bus after another long Southern Conference road trip.

"It absolutely feels like it's been 1,000 games," Reynolds joked earlier this week. "My knees can feel every one of them when I'm sitting there on the team bus back coming back from Spartanburg."

Reynolds' road trips as the "Voice of the Mocs" started more than three decades ago.

His first season at UTC was a championship one. In fact, it was Chattanooga's first SoCon Tournament championship in 1980.

He didn't think he'd be around to witness the next nine.

"Like everyone when you're young, I said figured I'd only be here for two years and then I'd go somewhere else," Reynolds said.

Thirty-three years later, Reynolds still bleeds Blue and Gold.

He provides the play-by-play call for both football and men's basketball, reaching a milestone with his 1,000th basketball broadcast in Thursday night's loss to UNC Greensboro.

He claims to be having just as much fun, if not more, these days while sharing his passion with his listeners.

"You know what the schedule is, but you don't know what the script is," Reynolds said about the job. "That's what I like. It's kind of like a soap opera every day, but it's tied up in a little bow at the end of the day. Who won, who lost. Who played well and who failed.

"It's something my little mind can comprehend."

He has enough stories to write a book, and a catalogue of basketball memories that mirrors Chattanooga's championship history. After all, he's been with the Mocs for every major accomplishment in the program's Division I era.

"The first SoCon championship where UTC beat Appalachian State in Bobby Cremins' final game at App State was really special," Reynolds recalled. "Obviously some of the championships that Mack won and the Sweet 16 run. A lot of the games with Marshall were really fun, too.

"Pretty much all those things that Mocs' fans can reel off, those are the ones that in the moment, are etched in your mind a little bit."

He's worked with Murray Arnold, Mack McCarthy, Henry Dickerson, Jeff Lebo and now John Shulman, five coaches he considers close friends, not to mention hundreds of talented student-athletes.

It's the relationships built with each of them through the rigors of a season and a career that stick with him the most as his greatest achievements.

"The greatest thing for a parent is to see your kids happy and have success. I'm not their parent, but to see them thrive and prosper and do good things and enjoy success," he said of the players he's worked with. "Those things are very meaningful."

As was the halftime ceremony Thursday night in which Reynolds was presented with two custom-made jerseys: the number ten and a double-zero side-by-side to make 1,000.

"He just loves Mocs athletics, and he IS Mocs athletics,"said interim athletic director Laura Herron. "We're just so lucky to have him here."

Added Shulman: "A thousand games is a lot of basketball games, but he loves it and we love him. It's been a wild ride with JR through all these years, and we're honored to have him calling our games. 

"Hopefully he's got a thousand more in him."

They must have read Reynolds' mind, for he's not planning on leaving anytime soon.

"I have six daughters, so I'm too poor to retire. I have bills to pay," he joked. "I don't know I'll make it through another one thousand, but I'll definitely make it to 500 because I owe too many people money."

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