I am from Nashville. Well, I moved here in 1984 when I was 11. I went to Stokes Elementary School, J.T. Moore Middle School, Hume Fogg High School and Hillsboro High School. It took me two years to convince my mother that I wanted to be where my friends were, becoming a Burro in the 11th grade.
I entered the University of Tennessee in the Fall of 1991. I enjoyed hanging out with my friends, attending UT sporting events and going out. Somehow, I made it deep enough in to my college career to begin to study broadcasting.
As a kid I enjoyed listening to John Ward call University of Tennessee football and men’s basketball games. From an early age, my dream was to sit in that booth and describe TN football games to people on the radio. I wanted the responsibility of painting that mental picture. That was one reason I dreamed of becoming a broadcaster. I wanted to be the Voice of the Vols. My junior year at TN, John Ward came to my dorm, Reese Hall, to speak to students. After listening to Mr. Ward tell many stories, I approached him. I shared my dream with him. His advice was to take as many English classes as possible. Immediately, I thought, “Limited Math. I’m in.” That was it, I was going to be the Voice of the Vols, in my own head, anyway.
One day, while a student at UT, I was flipping through Knoxville radio stations, when I stumbled upon a guy talking about sports. I couldn’t get enough. Mike Keith was the host and I was amazed that he was getting paid to talk about sports everyday on the radio. I thought, this guy made a career out of something I already do everyday, talking about sports with people. I thought, perhaps I could do this for a living, One day, Mike Keith came to speak to one of my broadcasting classes. His advice if I were to become a sports talk show host, “Read as much as you possibly can about sports. Every day.” I’m in.
I was in school longer than I should have been. I needed one more class to graduate. An internship. I walked into WBKO-TV in Bowling Green in the fall of 1996. I met the weekend sports anchor and told him I needed an internship to graduate. He accepted my offer for free help. His name was Mickey Ryan. Our paths would later cross again.
I went to work for 1510 WLAC as a producer early 1997. (Thanks to Marcie Hines for the job lead.) Kelly Carls was the man responsible for giving me my first job in radio. I would book guests for Bob Bell and Bill King. 20 hours per week. I combined that with a job at Blockbuster Video in Belle Meade and my career was off and running. Well not so much. I did love my time with those guys as they are legends but I had to go into sales to make a liveable wage.
I’m not going to bore you with my lengthy career trail. I will say this, because it paints my broad career picture. I had a program director at WLAC that told me that I would never be on the air. He said that I wasn’t talented enough. I used that as motivation throughout my career and still do. I love proving people wrong. I have hosted shows in Knoxville, sold radio in knoxville, produced a political talk show in Knoxville, produced shows in Nashville, hosted shows on 1510 WLAC and 104.5 The Zone. I filled in as sports reporter on the House Foundation on The Big 98, WSIX with Gerry House. I worked part-time, hosting a show at night called Overtime. Andrew Braverman and Mickey Ryan helped with hosting responsibilities. We had so much fun with that project. I also worked full-time during the day to make ends meet.
Then it happened. Blaine Bishop, Clay Travis and I were allowed to create a show called 3HL. ( I want to thank Tom English for allowing me out of my non-compete early, Larry Stone and Brad Willis for bringing me to the Zone. Hunter Rice and Judy Ellis for hiring me full-time. And, my wife for suffering through this path with me.) We replaced Jim Rome and were told it wouldn’t work. We killed. George Plaster left, so we took that slot. We were told it wouldn’t work. We killed. Clay Travis left, Mickey Ryan joined me and Blaine. We were told it wouldn’t work. We killed. All because of you. We love talking sports, and other stuff with the 3HL crew every day. Our goal is to have as much fun as possible and move as fast as we can. Our hope is that comes across through your speakers or headphones and that you have a good time. Our hope is that we can help shorten your day.
Thank you so much for taking an interest in me and us. We promise to always try to get better and to never take a day for granted. #3HL
Dates and Titles::
1997- 2000: 1510 WLAC Radio Producer for Bob Bell and Bill King
2000-2002: Marketing Consultant Clear Channel Nashville
2002: Host of The Sports Zoneand Marketing Consultant 1180AM Knoxville
2003-2004: Producer Frank Cagle Show WNOX. Sales Wild 98.7 Knoxville
2004-2008: Sports Director Clear Channel Nashville. Producer then host of Prime Time Sports on 1510 WLAC. (Air Award Winner as best Producer)
2008-2009: Host of Overtime on 104.5 The Zone
2010-Present: Co-Host of 3HL
– 2005: Nashville Air Award as Best Producer for my work with Prime Time Sports on 1510 WLAC.
– 2010 3HL Nashville Air Award for Best Midday Show
– 2012: 3HL Toast of Music City Best Radio DJ
– 2015 Named One of 15 Sports Talk Hosts You May Not Know But Should by Barrett Sports Media: http://sportsradiopd.com/2015/10/15-talents-you-may-not-know-but-should/
– I was given the opportunity to run for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year in 2013. My team raised almost $50,000 for that wonderful organization.
There is much more left to do. I can’t wait to get started. Every. Day.