Bill Mercer Papers, 1980-1994Add to your cart.

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Title: Bill Mercer Papers, 1980-1994Add to your cart.
ID: 02/03/ U0160
Primary Creator: Mercer, William "Bill" Alfred (1926 -)
Extent: 10.0 Boxes
Forms of Material: Audiotapes
Languages: English


Papers of the Radio, TV, Film faculty member, Bill Mercer.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains audio and visual media that document Bill Mercers' work in radio and television concerning the University of North Texas's athletic endeavors. This collection contains VHS,  U-matic cassettes, reel audio tapes, and cassette tapes.

Biographical Note

Bill Mercer (b. 1926) was originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma. During World War II he served in the Navy from 1943-1946, as a signal man. Once home from the war, he attended Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver in 1949 and a master’s degree from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1966.

Mr. Mercer started his career as  a news reporter for KRLD, a Dallas, Texas television station. Among the events he covered was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. However, he is best known as a sports broadcaster. He oversaw the broadcasts of the KLIF/KRLD-AM radio broadcasts of the Dallas Cowboys games in the 1960s.  He also broadcast games for the Dallas Texans, the American Football League, the Southwest Conference football and basketball, professional wrestling, and the Chicago White Sox. In 1972, he moved from minor league baseball games to working the inaugural season of the Texas Rangers.  In the 1970s, he worked as a sportscaster for KVIL, a Dallas radio station. He joined the UNT Radio/TV/Film Department as an assistant professor in 1967-1968.  He would hold that position until 1973. It was Mr. Mercer's voice listeners heard when they listened to coverage of the University of North Texas athletic events.  His broadcasts for the university ended in 1993-1994. He was fondly known as the voice of the Mean Green during his thirty years of broadcasting the UNT games.

He is the author or co-author of When the News Went Live (with George Phenix, Wes Wise and Bob Huffaker), and Play-by-Play: Tales from a Sportscasting Insider.

He was inducted into the University of North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2002. He is also a member of the Texas Baseball Ex-Pro’s Baseball Hall of Fame; the Oklahoma Sports Museum, where he was honored with the Bill Teegins Award; the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Hall of Fame (2009), the University of Texas-Dallas Athletic Department Hall of Honor (2011); the Muskogee Athletics Hall of Fame (2014); and he was honored with the naming of the Bill Mercer Press Club at Apogee Stadium (2012).

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Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Technical Access Note:

Items in this collection require playback equipment that may not be available on site.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Preferred Citation: Bill Mercer Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections


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