Since the 1940s and the advent of broadcasting in York and Lancaster counties, WRHI has chartered an unprecedented record of 67 consecutive seasons of live sports broadcasting. Over a span of seven decades, our family of stations have pioneered several sports innovations including the first live broadcast coverage for all of the area’s high schools and colleges, live pre-game and post-game coverage with statewide scores and interviews, South Carolina’s first live worldwide play-by-play game coverage via the Internet, and multiple broadcasts weekly via a mobile App.
During the past two decades, six different OTS announcers have been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, some multiple times, as either runner-up or state “Sportscaster of the Year.” This honored group includes Steven Stone (4x), Chris Miller (3x), Greg Bunce (2x), Bill Rice, John Collins and Mario Washington. In 2010, we established the OTS Sports Wall of Fame to pay tribute to our stations’ rich sports heritage and to honor the fabled announcers and contributors who have entertained millions of listeners and made our 67 years of sports broadcasting possible.
Each year, the management of the OTS Media Group selects a slate of worthy nominees. A secret vote from the station’s 22-member sports staff and previous living inductees determine the top honorees. This season’s inductees, M.H. Carroll and Scott Wells, will be honored throughout the 2012 season including a special live segment during “High School Football Tonight” and a tribute on the field at a selected Friday night game. Previous O-T-S Wall of Fame inductees include Jim Estes, Charles Kuralt, Connie Morton, Steven Stone, Greg Bunce, Dennis Partlow and Bill Rice.
SCOTT WELLS – 2012 OTS Sports Wall of Fame Inductee
[media-credit name=”Scott Wells” align=”alignright” width=”214″][/media-credit]In 1993, local businessman Scott Wells approached OTS Media management about the possibility of airing Fort Mill High School football games. His idea of adding the Yellow Jackets to the OTS Friday night line-up became a reality when he pledged to sell the game sponsorships and then call the broadcasts. For the next 5 seasons, Scott established himself as one of the state’s best play-by-play announcers. In 1998 he was elevated to the top position at his alma mater, Northwestern High, where he served as the “Voice of the Trojans” for 11 years. When Wells’ son became the Nation Ford High quarterback, Scott moved to the Falcons where he called their games for the next three seasons. The 2012 season marks Scott’s 20th year with OTS and he has moved into the York broadcast booth to handle play-by-play duties for the Cougars.
Wells began developing his rich baritone voice and descriptive style in the late 1980s when he was an announcer for the American Forces Radio Network while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Scott received wide acclaim in 2001 when he was selected to handle the play-by-play duties for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Radio Network. During his three-year stint, the revived network experienced record affiliate participation with 53 stations carrying the broadcast in 2002 in North and South Carolina. Wells has also been heard on five state championship broadcasts over the past decade on the OTS Sports Network. Scott Wells reached an unprecedented milestone for OTS broadcasters in 2012, when he called his 200th live high school football game. In addition, he has done play-by-play or color on an estimated 160 local high school basketball broadcasts on WRHI. With over 360 live broadcasts, Wells’ numbers are close to rivaling fellow OTS Wall of Fame member Connie Morton in the annals of our 67 years of live sports coverage.
Wells has been very active in community work, having served on the York County Sports Hall of Fame Steering Committee for four years; as a 20-year IPTAY scholarship donor; and currently as a York County United Way Board member for 10 years including Chair in 2008. Scott is a successful entrepreneur and his generosity through his businesses has financially supported multiple local sports teams and events over the past two decades. Wells is the first person to be inducted onto the Wall of Fame while still active as an OTS broadcaster.
Scott Wells is recognized and honored for his record number of OTS high school football broadcasts, his widely acclaimed on-air presentations, and his generous support of high school athletics. The staff and management of the OTS Media Group is proud to welcome Scott as a 2012 inductee into the OTS Sports Wall of Fame.
M.H. CARROLL – 2012 OTS Sports Wall of Fame Inductee
[media-credit name=”M.H. Carroll” align=”alignright” width=”193″][/media-credit]In 1947, University of Georgia student M.H. Carroll received a call from WRHI’s George Cobb asking him to join the broadcast team as a spotter for the Bearcats’ game in Anderson. Little did the 22 year-old Rock Hill native know that when he returned home after graduation that he would become a permanent member of the Rock Hill High broadcast team. For the next two decades he worked in the company of two charter Wall of Fame inductees. From 1951-53, Carroll teamed with Jim Estes. The following season, he and Connie Morton formed the only Rock Hill Bearcat duo that fans would hear on the airwaves over the next 18 seasons. Carroll’s folksy commentary and expert statistical work along with Morton’s descriptive delivery and vast knowledge of the game was just the right chemistry to produce Rock Hill’s most enduring broadcast tandem and a fan favorite for nearly two decades. (During their broadcasts)… “They never tried to question my coaching,” said Tommy Oates, head football coach at Rock Hill High from 1958-70. “They were always complimentary of me, the boys and everybody else at Rock Hill High.”
For decades, Carroll coached many future Bearcat players as a volunteer with the YMCA’s Gray Y Youth League and as a WW II veteran M.H. was a longtime supporter of Rock Hill’s American Legion Baseball program. For over 20 years, he served as York County Clerk of Court.
M.H. currently lives in Tampa, Fla., where he is chaplain of the McDill Air Force Base Family Camp Community Church. He is in good health and still takes pride in being a Rock Hill Bearcat and a Georgia Bulldog. Mr. Carroll recently celebrated his 86th birthday.
M.H. Carroll is remembered for his enduring years as an OTS color commentator and for his community involvement as coach, sports advocate and public servant in the York County community. Our Three Sons Broadcasting is proud to welcome M.H. as a 2012 inductee into the OTS Sports Wall of Fame.