FORT WASHINGTON — Merrill Reese has been heard on 94.1 WIP as the play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia Eagles for over 40 years, but on Nov. 6 he was in the Honickman Auditorium at Germantown Academy.
Reese was the latest speaker to be featured at GA’s “Let’s Do Lunch” series.
His widely recognized voice and knowledge of the game has earned him the Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters numerous times, Selected Radio Broadcaster of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as well as Selected Person of the Year by the Broadcast Pioneers. Reese was also the winner of the Lindsey Nelson Award for Excellence in Sportscasting by the All American Football Association, and was selected by Philadelphia Magazine as Philadelphia’s best sportscaster.
He’s been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Temple University Communications Hall of Fame, and Overbrook High School Hall of Fame.
In addition to his radio work, Reese’s autobiography entitled “Merrill Reese: It’s Gooooood!,” is a best seller. He also has ties to Germantown Academy.
His son and daughter, Nolan Reese ’00 and Ida Reese ’03, both attended the school.
“I love GA,” Reese said. “I’ve always love it.”
During his presentation, Reese spoke about how he prepares for a broadcast and what goes on in the booth during the game. He shared how he got into the play-by-play industry and personal anecdotes from his time in the booth.
He closed out his presentation by answering questions asked by students in the audience.
Those questions ranged from his favorite memory — The Miracle at The New Meadowlands — to if he thinks this years Eagles team will continue to find success. He answered questions about former head coach Chip Kelly and which stadium is his least favorite for a broadcast.
Reese also shared advice for students who would be interested in getting into the industry.
“Go at with everything you have,” Reese said. “You can’t be casual about trying to be successful in whatever career it is. It has to have your total focus and you have to have tremendous drive.”