Back in the Booth!

For the first time in 7 months, I broadcasted a game!
Even if it was a jamboree/scrimmage. Even if our equipment decided it didn’t want to cooperate. Even if it rained on us right at the start of the game.
It did not matter. We were broadcasting football.

We traveled up the Natchez Trace (always a great drive) to Maben, MS as Kosciusko faced off against East Webster. This would be the first look at the Whippets under a new coaching staff. But for me, and I imagine a number of fans who made the trip, the way the team looked mattered very little. This night was all about returning to our way of life. Something that we do every Friday night. And it was the same for East Webster and fans.

The stands were packed. People were talking to each other. The band was playing. The cheerleaders were cheering. Normalcy.

I don’t know how many more games we’ll get to broadcast, because of the rules for mandatory quarantines and all that, but last night was fun. So if it has to last me a while, I think it will.

Highlights of the night:

  • I got to see former Kosciusko High School band director Jesse Yates as he is the head director at East Webster now. I had been texting him all week, asking if he could speak to the coaches to find out where we could set up to broadcast. He was able to secure the penthouse (roof of the press box) for us.
  • Kosciusko looks much improved over last year. There were some hiccups with the new offense, but we knew that would be the case because the team didn’t have a spring season to learn it. With the playmakers they put on the field, I have no doubt they’ll get it down. On the other side of the ball, the defense looked great. They flew to the ball and there are a couple of guys I’m so excited to watch for the rest of the year.
  • When we first went live on the air, I got goosebumps because it felt so good to be back on the air.

Football is back! It’s different, but it’s back!

I was FINALLY able to get back to the booth last night for a football broadcast. I was just running the camera for a video stream, but it was still a return to some semblance of normalcy.

We were in Madden for Winston Academy vs Leake Academy. Per state orders, each football player, cheerleader, etc. only go two tickets to give out to parents/family. So, the stands weren’t very full, which made for an interesting experience.  You could hear EVERYTHING that was said on the field. From coaches screaming at refs to players talking to each other, it was very different.

But the broadcast went as well as it could have for our first one since March. No major problems and the folks at Leake Academy were very gracious that we were able to stream the game since many of the fans couldn’t attend.

All in all, it was a fun time and I’m so glad to be back doing what I love.

Highlights of the night:

  • Working with Melvin Wooten. He began his 18th year broadcasting for Leake Academy last night. In all the years I’ve been at the station, Melvin and I had never worked a game together, so that was a treat.
  • Leake Academy has a good team. They dominated the game from start to finish. Welch is a hoss at RB. He looked like Mike Alstott running over folks.
  • Funny story: Remember how I said we could hear EVERYTHING that was said on the field? Well that includes hearing a player for Leake after he took a shot in his…uh…”business.” He comes to the sideline in visible pain. A coach yells something at him and EVERYONE in the stands hears him respond with “NAH, COACH I WANT TO HAVE KIDS SOME DAY.” Laughter ensued.

Regifting a classic piece of radio memorabilia

So a station called Kickin’ K105 was the precursor to the station I work at now. Our owner put it on the air and then sold it in 1996 and our current station went on-air in 1997.

While I was still working part time, I helped clean out an old studio and this was in it. Nobody wanted it, so I kept it.

Well fast forward 6 years, and the main host and voice of that station is back….working mornings on our current country station.

Since I figured it meant way more to him than it did to me, I gave it to him this week as a house warming gift for his new place.

Interview with highly recruited Kosciusko WR Antonio Harmon

Antonio Harmon. Remember the name. You’ll be hearing it a lot this fall as football recruitng season heats up.
The talented Kosciusko Whippets WR/DB is one of the top 5 players in the state of Mississippi.
He has offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU, Georgia, Oregon, Texas, Louisville, and more schools around the southeast.
I had the oppoutunity to sit down with him this week and ask about the recruiting process and when we can expect a commitment announcement from him.