Terry Hanson

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Terry Hanson
Born Terrance Maurice Hanson
(1947-06-16) June 16, 1947 (age 71)
East St. Louis, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Broadcaster, Television Executive
Known for John Boy and Billy, Benedictine College
Website www.hansonenterprises.net

Terry Hanson (born June 16, 1947) is an American radio personality of the John Boy and Billy Big Show, a nationally syndicated radio show. He was the first head of the sports division at TBS Sports and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Men's Soccer Coach of the Year. He has also owned and operated the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Hanson Enterprises since 1994.


Hanson was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, on June 16, 1947. He earned a bachelor's degree in Education from St. Benedict’s College (now Benedictine College) in Atchison, Kansas, in 1968; two years later, in 1970, Hanson earned his master's degree in Education from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. After this, he began his professional career at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he was the head coach in both soccer and baseball, and he was named the National Soccer Coach of the Year in 1974 by the NAIA.[1]

Hanson spent four summers as an associate scout for two major league baseball teams: the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Diego Padres. He also spent five seasons as a senior executive for three North American Soccer League (1968–1984) teams: the Rochester Lancers,[2] the Washington Diplomats,[3] and the Atlanta Chiefs.[4][5]

From 1980 to 1984, Hanson worked as a Turner Sports executive.[6] In 1982, Hanson, Robert Wussler, and Russ Potts successfully outbid CBS to air what was dubbed "The Game of the Decade" on Turner Network Television—a college basketball game pitting The University of Virginia against the Georgetown Hoyas in a matchup which featured the two biggest stars in college basketball at the time, Ralph Sampson and Patrick Ewing. This was an important step for sports broadcasting on cable television, as high profile sporting event broadcasts had always been featured on major networks prior to this. it was also the first use of the name "Turner Network Television" (or TNT).[7]

From 1984-1991, Hanson was a PGA Tour executive serving as Director of Communications and Broadcasting. He also negotiated network coverage.[8]

Hanson was hired in 1991 to oversee the Raycom Sports events division, which included the Blockbuster Bowl and the Diet Pepsi Tournament of Champions, later titled by Harris Teeter, Food Lion and Hardee’s, which was a high profile college basketball tournament.[9]

Since 2007, Hanson has been a regular ensemble member on The John Boy and Billy Big Show.[10] He has also done television color analyst work in college basketball and professional soccer.

Medical intervention[edit]

In 2005, Charlotte Observer writer Michael Gordon wrote an article titled, “Life, Death and Terry Hanson.”[11] In the article, Gordon documents four separate times in Hanson’s life when he was in the right place at the right time to come to a person’s rescue:

  • 1970—While Hanson was the baseball and soccer coach at St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas, he performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a retired Army officer, who had collapsed in front of Hanson’s office. At the age of 23, Hanson was unable to save his life.
  • 1972—Hanson’s friend, Ed Ireland, went missing on a Saturday night after closing the Knights of Columbus in Atchison, Kan with Hanson and friend Richard Dyer. The following Monday, Hanson, Dyer and Ireland’s brother went searching for their friend. They stopped at every skid mark on a 20-mile stretch of highway. By a stroke of luck, Dyer slipped down an embankment and spotted Ireland pinned underneath his car in the mud.
  • 1991—Lloyd Cox, 86 at the time, collapsed at a baseball game. Nearby, Hanson rushed over and performed CPR on Cox for ten minutes. Afterward a paramedic told onlookers had Hanson not stepped into action, they would have watched Cox die.
  • 2005—Hanson was at a lunch meeting with friend Andy Abdow, when Abdow collapsed at the restaurant from a heart attack. Hanson performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while two other men assisted; Abdow was later stabilized by repeated shocks from a defibrillator at a hospital where he stayed for 15 days.


  1. ^ NAIA Men's Soccer 2012-2013 Coach's Manual
  2. ^ Parman, Mickey. "Pro Lancers Beckon BC Coach Terry Hanson," Atchison Daily Globe, December 11, 1975
  3. ^ Feinstein, John. "Can’t escape the Redskins; Winning will fill diminished bandwagon." Feinstein On The Brink. July 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "Atlanta Chiefs (1979-1981) | NASLhistory". Monkfromhavana.wordpress.com. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  5. ^ "BIOS". Hansonenterprises.net. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  6. ^ Staff. "ESPN's Secret Weapon." Charlotte Business Journal, Feb 21, 2000
  7. ^ Spoor, Mark. "NCAA GAME OF THE DECADE; Sampson vs. Ewing." NCAA.com, https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/game-of-the-decade[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Hanley, Reid. "These Are the Best of Times, But the Times Keep Changing."Chicago Tribune, July 27, 1986.
  9. ^ "Expanded Company History". Raycom Sports. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  10. ^ "The Crew". The Big Show. 1947-06-16. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  11. ^ Gordon, Michael. "Life, Death, and Terry Hanson." The Charlotte Observer, July 17, 2005