From football walk on in high school to working for Russell Long and Edwin Edwards to the Voice of Tiger Stadium our Living Legend tells his story of a life well lived.
He celebrates his 37th year as Public Address announcer for LSU football and men’s basketball games. His signature line before each football game, “Chance of rain … never!” is always followed by the roar of the Tiger faithful. The husband, father and deacon in the Catholic church has successfully served in the public and private sectors.
Count Time Podcast Living Legend Dan Borné
Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview with The Voice Dan Borné
Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.
I don’t know how to say this today, but we do. What we call a living legend section. He think it’s funny.
I’m with a living legend right here to my right. That’s the legend.
We have the living legend here, the voice of the LSU Fighting Tigers. Football, basketball. Welcome to Count Time, Mr. Dan Borne.
Thank you so much, Lyman. It’s an honor to be with you. I followed your career over all your years and I respect you and look forward to chatting with you.
How much I owe you for that?
Well, your makeup people did a great job on you anyway. You look like you’re about 20 years younger, man.
I’ll let you know the reason he’s so good like that. He worked with Governor Edwin Edwards. We’re going to get to that. That’s going to be a pretty good story. But this young man here is the voice of LSU Fighting Tigers, have been for 30
This 2022 will be my 37th year doing football in the stadium and 35th year doing basketball. I started football in 1986 and basketball in 1988.
And you started after the great Sid
After the great Sid Crocker I went to Nicholls State for my undergraduate degree. Well, I did get a master’s from LSU and Nichols prepared me for that Lyman. But everybody comes to the Land grant college sooner or later. But I went to Nicholls and I got out of Nicholls in 1968, if you can imagine how far back that was. I came to Baton Rouge to come to graduate school.
I went to work at Channel Nine and I met Sid Crocker because he worked at Channel Nine. In September of 1968, when I was covering my very first LSU football game against Texas A&M here at Tiger Stadium, I went up to the press box and Sid said, come over and see where I work. He said, you might be doing this one day. And we laughed about it, we chuckled about it.
But he spoke that to you.
He spoke that. So it’s a prophecy. So you fast forward a lot of jobs and a lot of trips and a lot of moves later, and we’re in 1985 now, and the 85 season is over. I heard that Sid was going to retire from the PA job at LSU, and I still knew him very well, although I hadn’t been in broadcasting for years. So I called him and asked him who’s going to take his place? And he said he didn’t know. He had no idea, but he wanted to be in the stands with his family instead of in the press box. He had been up there for something like 30 years.
So I wrote a letter to Bob Broadhead. And you remember Bob Broadhead, he was athletic director back there and I didn’t know anybody at LSU. I just simply wrote him a letter out of the blue. I told him that I would love to be considered for the PA job. And I mailed the letter in December of 1985, and I didn’t hear anything. Nothing.