The Fan Vote: 2013 OTS Soportscasters Wall of Fame

Posted June 25, 2013 6:23 pm | Filed under Uncategorized

The OTS Sportscasters Wall of Fame, now in its third year, includes a new element: the fan vote.

The following individuals, listed individually, have been considered for induction to the 2013 OTS Sportscasters Wall of Fame class using the following criteria:

  1. Enduring contributions to OTS Media and its stations.
  2. Industry honors and awards.
  3. Notoriety within the broadcast industry.
  4. Civic contributions within the sports community.


Steve Beuerlein  (active 1998  – 2000)

  • Started his broadcast career as host of “Interstate 107’s Carolina Panther Roundtable.”
  • Accomplished golfer and host of annual O-T-S Football Sponsor Golf Tournament.
  • Championed“Toys for Happiness” – organizing autograph sessions w/Panther teammates.
  • Played QB for five NFL teams including Carolina where he set multiple team records and led the Panthers to their first playoff win reaching the NFL Championship game in 1996.
  • NFL Game analyst for CBS-TV from 2004-2009.
  • College Football analyst for CBS-TV 2010 – current.

Dave Burrage  (active 1972  – 1985)

  • Served as board operator/engineer for WRHI High School games – 1972  – 77
  • Play-by-play and color commentary for Rock Hill and Northwestern High school football on WRHI – 1978 – 1985
  • Play-by-play for Winthrop Eagles basketball on WRHI 1979 – 1985
  • WRHI Sports/News Director 1979 – 1985
  • Play-by-play and color commentator on Cable TV for in Rock Hill and Hickory, NC
  • Active with York Country Sports Hall of Fame Steering Committee
  • Does free lance broadcast work and lives in Rock Hill.

Bob Carroll & George Cobb  (active 1945 – 1947)

  •  Together Carroll & Cobb were WRHI’s first sports advocates and hosted the station’s earliest broadcasts of live high school games.
  • Carroll was 18 when he was selected to sign-on WRHI in December 1944
  • Carroll was WRHI’s first play-by-play voice for Rock Hill High football for the 1945-46 season and partial season in 1947. Served as PA announcer at area sports events.
  • Carroll went to work for WSOC-TV starting in 1948 and retired from the station in 1980.
  • Cobb was WRHI’s first sales manager and orchestrated WRHI’s first live sports coverage. His belief in Radio sports marketing led to many years of successful sponsorships of high school football, minor league baseball, and NASCAR racing.
  • Cobb enjoyed a successful career in WRHI sales into the 1960s.
  • Cobb worked with Bob Carroll as color commentator during the 1945, ‘46, and ‘47 high school football seasons.
  • Cobb died around 1975.  Carroll died in 2007 at the age of 81.

John Collins  (active 1990  – 1998)

  • Served as board operator/engineer for WRHI and Interstate 107 High School games – 1990 – 91
  • Host of WRHI’s “High School Football Tonight” 1992 – 1998
  • Interviewed majority of high school football coaches each Friday 1992 – 1998
  • Occasional color commentator for local sports 1992 – 1998
  • South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year – 1996
  • Show host for the “WRHI Morning Show” 1993 – 1998
  • Won “Best Sports Coverage” from Carolina RTV News Directors Association for “High School Football Tonight” – 1998
  • Worked several years on-air and as Charlotte Director for Metro Traffic Radio Network
  • Currently works as newscaster for WSOC-FM’s morning show and as National Affiliate Director for the Performance Racing Network.

Carl East  (active 1990 – 1998)

  • Served as board sports & news director/announcer for WRHI/Interstate 107 (1990-1993)
  • Host of “High School Football Tonight (1990-91)
  • Play-by-play/color commentator for Rock Hill High Football (1992-97)
  • Play-by-play/color commentator for various High School FB/BB games (1992-97)
  • Program Director/announcer for WRHI/Interstate 107 (1994-98)
  • Won a SCBA Star Award for Outstanding News Coverage (1996)
  • Later worked for WBT Radio as both assistant PD and PD (1998-2012)

Harper Gault  (active 1949 – 1977)

  • Co-owner of WRHI-AM for nearly 30 years.
  • Sports color commentator in early years of WRHI.
  • Early news/sports writer for The Evening Herald (1930s & 40s)
  • Pioneer advocate for live Radio Sports – sold the majority of sports sponsorships during early years of WRHI.
  • Worked to combine WRHI with Greenville area radio stations to create the first statewide Clemson Radio Network.
  • Among the inaugural group that launched IPTAY.  (Clemson Booster Athletic Club)
  • Responsible for establishing early sports agreements/relationships for WRHI including minor league baseball, college teams, high school teams and American Legion baseball.
  • Strong supporter in the establishment of the Rock Hill Country Club.
  • Annually the York County Clemson Club presents the “Harper Gault Scholarship” to worthy Clemson athletes.
  • The Rock Hill Country Club Road is now named “Harper Gault Road” in his honor.
  • Very active as a public servant and advocate for York County for over 50 years.
  • Died in 1989 at the age of 83.

Gene Knight  (active 2000 – present)

  • Serves as OTS play-by-play voice for Rock Hill High School Football from 2008-present
  • Served as WRHI color commentator for Rock Hill HS Football from 2000-2007.
  • OTS High School basketball play by play ad color commentator 2004-present
  • OTS announcer at state championship games in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 (5)
  • Play-by-play announcer for Women’s ACC basketball tournament in 2006
  • Named with Steven Stone as Carolina RTV News Directors Association’s Best Radio Sports Team in 2007.
  • Served as color analyst for the Shrine Bowl’s Cable TV broadcast six times.
  • Began live sports broadcasting as Chester Cyclones color commentator 1980-85 on WBZK/WDZK.
  • Served as play-by-play voice for York High School Cougars on WBZK from 1986-98.
  • In the early 1980s, he worked as Operations Manager for WBZK AM/FM in York and Chester.
  • Currently employed in the Business Services Department at Comporium.
  • Host of Friday Knights’ Losers high school prediction podcast/show 2010-current.

Heath Newman  (active 1974  – 1995)

  • Longtime play-by-play voice of Lancaster Bruins High School Football  – 1974 – 1995.
  • Play-by-play voice of Lancaster Bruins High School Baseball & Basketball – 1974 – 1987.
  • Play-by-play voice for Lancaster American Legion teams – 1974 – 1987
  • Operations Manager WPAJ-FM/WLCM-FM  – 1978 – 1987
  • Program Director WRHM-FM – 1987 – 1991
  • Coordinated and produced all sports activity for many years on WPAJ/WLCM.
  • Currently works as a high school teacher in Lexington, SC