Athens Athletic Hall of Fame: Bill Hartman

May 19th, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments


If you’re looking for someone who is passionate about the world of sports, look no further than Athens’ own Bill Hartman.  Bill played tennis and football, but as a senior at Athens High School he had the unique opportunity to write for the Athens Banner Herald.  “We were going to have a really good football team that year, 1965.  I decided to quit football because I didn’t think I would play.  The Banner Herald wanted to take an inside look into the football team so they hired me to write about it,” says Bill.

After that year, Bill went on to write about University of Georgia teams for the Atlanta Journal Constitution while he was still a student at UGA.  In addition to writing, Bill’s journalism career spans across the field.  He has worked for radio stations WDOL and WRFC, and as a sports anchor on WAGA-TV.

From 1977 to 1995, Bill won five Emmy Awards, specifically noting one in 1973 for his coverage of the Atlanta Falcons that season.  He was also named Georgia Sportscaster of the Year.  Although he has been retired for six years, he still covers the Fox 5 Georgia High School Football Game of the Week every Friday.  Looking back at all of the Super Bowls, prestigious golf tournaments, and world series games that he has attended, Hartman says that covering Georgia high school football games has been the highlight of his career.  “In high school, the sport is still pure.  It’s not professional and people aren’t trying to put themselves in position to go to the NFL.  There’s nothing more fun than seeing a 16-year-old catch a touchdown pass in front of my camera and get up with a big smile on his face,” says Bill Hartman.

We are proud to call Bill Hartman one of Athens’ own.

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