Jones Angell

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Jones Angell
Monrovie Jones Angell IV

Alma materUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Sports commentary career
Team(s)North Carolina Tar Heels baseball, football and men’s basketball

Monrovie Jones Angell IV [1] (born 1979, Sanford, North Carolina),[2] known professionally as Jones Angell, is the current play-by-play radio announcer for the North Carolina Tar Heels football and men’s basketball programs.

Early life[edit]

Angell spent most of his childhood in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He grew up listening to Woody Durham and Mick Mixon calling Tar Heel football and basketball games on the radio with his family.[2] Growing up, Angell wanted to do NCAA Division I play-by-play announcing, against the objections of his mother.[1]

While a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Angell enrolled in what was then known as the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Between his sophomore and junior years, he started interning with the Tar Heel Sports Network, where he feels he received most of his training.[3]

Early career[edit]

Angell started out his career calling high school football and baseball games in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1999.[4]

Angell's first job with the Tar Heel Sports Network was calling play-by-play for a Little League Baseball game for WIZS while still an intern. John Rose, who was the engineer for the Tar Heel Sports Network at the time, is part of the family who owns WIZS.[5]

Angell continued to call high school football games while still an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill.[1] He also started doing color commentary for North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer and women's basketball.[3]

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Angell worked in various radio and hosting positions within the Tar Heel Sports Network.[6] Prior to becoming the voice of the Tar Heels, Angell was best known for providing color and later play-by-play commentary for Tar Heel baseball from 2000 to 2011, and for working alongside Durham and his staff as a host and color analyst for football and men's basketball broadcasts from 2005 until 2011.[7][8][9]

As assistant director of new media at UNC Chapel Hill, Angell produced many features that have been shown on the video boards at Kenan Stadium and the Dean Smith Center.[6]

As the play-by-play announcer for the Tar Heels[edit]

A nationwide search was conducted to find Durham’s successor after Durham announced his retirement in 2011. Angell beat out several other candidates to become the new voice of the Tar Heels. Then-Tar Heel Sports Network general manager Gary Sobba and then-UNC Chapel Hill athletic director Dick Baddour flew out to Omaha, Nebraska, during the 2011 College World Series to inform Angell of the news.[1]

In Angell’s second season as play-by-play announcer for Tar Heel football, Angell called a game-winning punt return made by Gio Bernard against North Carolina State, snapping the Tar Heels' six-game losing streak against State.

Bernard fields it at the 26. Heading to the far side. Gio at the 35. Gio, he's at the 50. No, he's not! Yes he is! Gio is gonna take it for a touchdown! Are you kidding me?


Angell feels this call sparked his relationship with the Tar Heel fanbase and says people still talk to him about this particular call.[3] Angell even parodied this call for a video for The Daily Tar Heel’s sports department.[11]

When the 2016-17 basketball team won the school's sixth NCAA title, Angell ended the game by saying:

For 2017, the Tar Heels are the national dadgum champions!


His use of "dadgum" was a nod to basketball coach Roy Williams' frequent use of the word.

Two of Jones Angell's most memorable basketball calls occurred during the 2021-22 basketball season, the first under Coach Hubert Davis, in which the Tar Heels upset Duke twice. The first one came in the final home game of legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski:

And in his final game in Cameron, Coach K takes an L... courtesy of the Tar Heels.[13]

And when the Tar Heels, an #8 seed, knocked of #2 seed Duke in the Final Four, the first such meeting in the storied history of the rivalry, Angell remarked:

2 seconds... 1 second! Ding dong, Duke is done![14]

Angell called part of the 2014 Tar Heel baseball season for ESPN3 and WatchESPN.[15]

Angell also wrote articles for the now-defunct magazines Tar Heel Monthly and CAROLINA: the Magazine, as well as for[16][17][18]

Angell co-hosts a podcast, Carolina Insider, that launched on September 20, 2016, in a partnership with Learfield Communications and podcast provider DGital Media.[19] Angell's co-host is Adam Lucas,[4] a longtime and columnist, an author of Tar Heel men's basketball books,[20][21] and a contributor to Tar Heel Sports Network broadcasts. Angell worked with Lucas, who provided color commentary, on Tar Heel Sports Network coverage of Tar Heel baseball as early as 2004.[8] Learfield offered Angell the podcast by himself, but Angell asked Learfield if Lucas could co-host the podcast with him. Both Angell and Lucas were considering working on a podcast together prior to Learfield's offer.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Angell is married with two children.[23]


  1. ^ a b c d Amato, Neil (November 11, 2011). "A Radio Dream Realized". Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Horner, Zachary (June 5, 2014). "UNC radio voice is Sanford born, Tar Heel bred". The Sanford Herald. Sanford, North Carolina. Retrieved February 28, 2017.(Subscription required.)[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Well Said: Jones Angell and Carolina football". (Podcast). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. August 31, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lucas, Adam (June 27, 2011). "The Right Fit". Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Chansky, Art (July 1, 2011). "You Can Call Him Jones". WCHL (AM). Chapel Hill, NC. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Jones Angell To Call Play-By-Play For Football And Men's Basketball". June 27, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  7. ^ 2001 UNC Baseball Media Guide (PDF). Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2001. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 1, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  8. ^ a b 2005 UNC Baseball Media Guide (PDF). Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2005. p. 76. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 1, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  9. ^ Pickeral, Robbi (November 14, 2012). "Behind the scenes with: Jones Angell". Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  10. ^ UNC's Gio Bernard UNREAL Game-Winning Punt Return for TD - ACC Must See Moment. ACC Digital Network. October 27, 2012. Event occurs at 0:43 seconds. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  11. ^ This is Sports Desk: Jones Angell. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: The Daily Tar Heel. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  12. ^ Carolina Basketball: 2016-17 National Championship Season Recap. Glendale, Arizona: UNC Athletics. April 19, 2017. Event occurs at 21:40. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  13. ^ Carter, Andrew (February 4, 2023). "The UNC-Duke rivalry reached a summit. Then came a hangover. Now, teams try to look forward".
  14. ^ "Caleb Love's last UNC-Duke game ended Coach K's career. He's ready for Cameron Crazies' response". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 2024-03-01.
  15. ^ Angell, Jones (April 24, 2014). "Diamond Notes". CAROLINA: The Magazine. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Rams Club. Archived from the original on March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  16. ^ Angell, Jones (February 16, 2004). "Diamond Heels Optimistic About 2004". Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "CAROLINA: The Magazine, Sept. 3". September 15, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  18. ^ Angell, Jones (January 13, 2014). "Roy Williams Live". Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  19. ^ "Carolina Insider Podcast". September 15, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  20. ^ "Adam Lucas". n.d. Archived from the original on April 16, 2003. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  21. ^ "Adam Lucas". Our State. Greensboro, North Carolina. n.d. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  22. ^ Daniel Bayer (May 5, 2017). "The Weekly Tar Heel Podcast - Jones Angell Special". The Weekly Tar Heel (Podcast). Tar Heel Blog. Event occurs at 23:41. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  23. ^ Scoppe, Rick (June 25, 2016). "A Q&A with Jones Angell". Jacksonville Daily News. Jacksonville, NC. Retrieved March 7, 2017.

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