North Carolina By Jamie Penn
Herzog left the announcers’ booth for the newsroom in 2004 when
he jumped into broadcast at WTOP in D.C. In 2010, he decided he was
ready for the next phase. Retirement, he said, couldn’t have come soon
enough. “When everybody started calling me a legend, I knew it was
time to get out,” he says with a chuckle.
As one can either remember or imagine, listening to Frank Herzog
talk is like listening to your favorite story. Every word is engaging – and
him telling the story of what came next was no different.
“We were very methodical in our approach to retirement,” says
Herzog. He and his wife, Sharon, weren’t taking “the rest of their lives”
lightly. They both wanted to choose a forever place—a home base that
mirrored what they wanted out of retirement.
They read articles and books on the subject, and signed up for one
of several Ideal-LIVING Expos held all over the East Coast throughout
the year. Then, they sat down and wrote it all out.
First, they made a list of all the cities in which they thought they
might want to retire. They started with cities in Florida, an obvious
choice for retirees, then worked their way up the East Coast. Venice,
Sarasota, Savannah, Charleston, Beaufort, Columbia, Raleigh, and finally, Wilmington were some of the Southeastern cities on their retirement tour.
Then, they wrote a list of their priorities, both current ones and those
they could imagine forming down the road, like advanced education
opportunities, medical care, air travel, shopping, access to the beach,
and a place where they could experience all four seasons.
Most long-time football fans would know the voice responsible for the phrase, “Touchdown, Red- skins!” For nearly a decade, play-by-play announcer, and now Wilmington resident, Frank Herzog, leveraged the heart and spirit that filled a roaring stadium full of thousands upon thousands of Washington Redskins fans. This year, Herzog was inducted into the Washington,
D.C. Hall of Fame for his years as the play-by-play ring-leader who pulled together the famous radio
trio—Herzog, Sonny Jurgensen, and Sam Huff. Long-time Redskins running back, John Riggins, reminiscing on WTOP’s Herzog tribute in 2010, said that the trio is “emblemized in everybody’s mind for the
rest of their lives.”
Frank Herzog, renowned announcer for the Washington Redskins, was as zealous and methodical about
his retirement choice as he was about his 25-year career.