Aug. 1, 2012
Auburn, Ala. -
Carl Stephens, the longtime voice of Jordan-Hare Stadium for 27 Auburn football seasons and host of Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan's weekly one-hour television show, passed away Wednesday evening in Montgomery at the age of 77.
Stephens, who provided a vocal presence at numerous Auburn and Southeastern Conference athletic events for five decades, called his last game at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 19, 2005, when Auburn defeated Alabama, 28-18.
As Sports Director at WSFA-TV in Montgomery from 1963-75, Stephens served as the producer and host of Coach Jordan's weekly television show where the popular Auburn phrase, "You're so right, Carl" was born. Following Stephens' opening comments of each show, Coach Jordan would respond with, "You're so right, Carl."
"The Auburn Family has lost a true gentleman and one of the university's greatest ambassadors in the death of Carl Stephens," Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "Generations of Auburn fans knew Carl's voice as PA announcer at Jordan-Hare Stadium, other Auburn athletic venues and as the host of the Auburn Football Review during Coach Jordan's tenure. As a player at Auburn, hearing Carl's voice always made you feel at home.
"Carl was universally respected as a tremendous professional, having been the public address voice for the first 15 SEC Championship football games and other SEC events." Jacobs said. "As great as his professional accomplishments were, those who knew and loved Carl will most remember him as one of the kindest men you could ever hope to meet. Carl was a legend who will be truly missed by us all. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Mary, their children Richard and Sandra, and grandchildren."
Along with his duties as host of the Auburn Football Review and duties at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Stephens also served as the PA announcer at Auburn basketball and baseball games and as the voice of the Auburn Marching Band at football games.
In addition to his work for Auburn, Stephens was the public address voice for the first 15 Southeastern Conference Football Championship games, 14 SEC Basketball Tournaments and six SEC Baseball Tournaments. Stephens also did public address work for NCAA Basketball Tournament games in Birmingham.
Prior to the 1973 Auburn football season, Stephens was asked to take on additional responsibility with Auburn as its public address announcer at then Cliff Hare Stadium. Stephens held the PA duties at Auburn football for three seasons before moving to Columbia, S.C., to serve as Program Director for WIS-TV for two years.
Stephens returned to Montgomery in 1978 as Program/Promotions Manager for WSFA and resumed his PA duties at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the 1979 Auburn football season, which he has held ever since.
A native of Gadsden, Stephens began at WSFA in 1957 and with the exception of a two-year stint in Columbia, S.C., spent his entire professional career with the station until his retirement in 1998.
Stephens is survived by his wife, Mary, son Richard, daughter Sandra and several grandchildren.