Paul Glass loves listening to Colquitt County Packer football games and knows everything about his favorite football team. Back in the 1990’s, he made a point to tell radio play-by-play guy Durwood Dominy so. After an hour’s conversation on the phone over a shared activity that is front and center on Football Fridays, Dominy invited Glass to the press box at Mack Tharpe Stadium to see things from his Friday perspective and to meet him and shake his hand.
Glass had to respectfully decline.
“He told me that he’d love to,” Dominy recalls, “but he said, ‘I can’t make it because I’m blind. But I can see every play from the 50-yard line through your voice. And that makes my day.’ So, I made a point to go visit him where he lives. We’ve even had Thanksgiving dinner. I took him a Packer hat and he’s just a super guy. He’s got a radio and listens to Packer games and it gave me cold chills when you see that connection and what that means to people.”
There are shout-outs at the beginning of the Packer broadcasts among Jim Turner, Darrell Strange,and Durwood to everyone who can’t be at the Hawg Pen (or on the road) for one reason or another. But Glass’ shout-out is saved for Dominy every week.
“Fans like Mr. Glass are the reason Durwood does these games,” Turner says. “Durwood is a pretty humble man and he does it for those who can’t be there.”
And that’s just one of the reasons that you can now add “Hall of Famer” to Dominy’s resume and career accomplishments. At the Lowndes game in a few weeks, the “Voice of the Packers” will be one of nine new members and two teams that will become part of the storied Moultrie group in the Colquitt County Hall of Fame.
Dominy has been the voice of Colquitt County football for the last 33 seasons- alongside Strange (for the past 26) and Turner (a second-generation Turner in the booth)- and did you know you’re getting the guy who grew up in Danville, down in Twiggs county, who had never called a football game until that first one?
“We only had baseball, basketbal and ran track at Twiggs County so I never played it when I was in school and hadn’t seen it in person,” Dominy remembers, “but I do remember being absolutely petrified calling that first football game for the Packers. I had no practice or anything and wondered what I was going to do. I have just tried to verbalize what I am seeing through my eyes for the listener.”
And he does that very well.
“I know there’s a lot of elderly people who want to be there, but they just can’t. What Durwood described to me is: what he does as a ministry into their kitchen or a living room,” Moultrie Observer sports columnist Wayne Grandy says. “There’s a big fan base here with very strong support of Colquitt County athletics and not everybody can get to the stadium. You could be a fan or played here in the 1950s and they look forward to tuning in to WMTM on Friday night. He’s familiar to these people.
“He’s involved in so much into the community and a comfortable voice that everyone knows. He’s partisan but in a good way. He sticks to describing what he sees and when I listen, he is good about what line the ball is on and whether the guy caught the punt -- that kind of stuff. The people here revere him and look forward to hearing him.
“He knows his audience and his people that can’t get there. Colquitt County has played how many games in Atlanta the last 10 years? How many people can make that trip every time or go to every road game? But they can turn on WMTM and Durwood is going to tell them all about it.
“They can identify with that guy and what he does on the radio for the games. I didn’t grow up here,” Grandy continues, “but I can imagine the Packers have been the team for everyone here since the ‘50s and it’s important to connect with it.”