Charlie Carmody was the voice of Grand Blanc Bobcats until his death in 2017. His son Jonathan picked up the torch.
Chris Carmody said: “My husband, 4 years ago, passed away. He was a teacher at Grand Blanc, a math teacher. He was the voice of the Bobcats since 1983.”
“When my dad passed away, I think that hit me. Like huh, maybe I was destined to do this,” said Jonathan Carmody.
Now Jonathan Carmody is stepping into his father’s shoes and returning the voices of the Kittens.
A voice that Chris Carmody said was all too familiar.
“When he’s on the mic and I close my eyes, I can hear him. I can hear my husband. I can hear Charlie,” Chris Carmody said.
Participation in Grand Blanc High School games is nothing new for Jonathan Carmody.
Chris Carmody said: “He always goes with his dad to games and sits on his lap.
Jonathon Carmody said: “I was like his little man for many years. I can’t tell you how many.
After Charlie Carmody’s death, Grand Blanc’s sporting director approached Jonathan to ask if he would like to fill his father’s seat.
“He put me in freshman basketball, then I won the girls JV, then I played freshman basketball, then I played freshman football,” says Jonathon Carmody. Most of all, now I play all of basketball and football,” said Jonathon Carmody.
This week is Jonathan Carmody’s first time as a full-time magazine announcer.
Jonathan Carmody said: “Sometimes, moments, like before the national anthem, I feel the moment go by, ‘okay, dad’s here, you can do this too, you’ve got it. this’.
“We always say we feel him. We feel his love, we feel his presence all the time.
Jonathan Carmody is a 12th grader at U of M Flint. He is in secondary education and wants to be a math teacher, just like his father was.
He said he would continue to announce as long as he had a say.