Voices of the Razorbacks


A History of Arkansas’s Iconic Sports Broadcasters
Hoyt Purvis and Stanley Sharp
978-1-935106-62-3 (paper)
September 2013


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The creation and development of the Razorback Sports Network not only helped to build a loyal following for the Razorbacks, but also forged a close identification among Razorback fans with broadcasters such as Paul Eels and Bud Campbell, who became “voices of the Razorbacks.” A sense of kinship developed within the audience, and the broadcasts of Razorback sports have become an integral part of the state’s culture.

Hoyt Purvis has taught at the University of Arkansas since 1982 with courses in journalism, international relations, and political science. He also established the university’s first sports journalism course and taught it for twenty-five years.


Stanley Sharp of Booneville, Arkansas, has followed Razorback sports throughout his life and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas.

Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.