HUNTINGTON — If it is time for Herd football, it is certainly time for Herd fans to join their favorite announcers on Marshall flagship stations 93.7 FM, The Dawg and SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930, the latter the home of Marshall radio broadcast back 85 years ago.
Marshall first aired football broadcasts on WSAZ Radio (what became WRVC 930 AM and later SuperTalk) on October 8, 1927, when the Thundering Herd hosted West Virginia Athletic Conference rival Concord College, (now University) beating the Mountain Lions at the Marshall campus field, 18-6, the area designated as the Marshall University quad, behind the Science Building.
Locally, Paul Swann starts his second season of co-hosting First Sentry Bank’s College Football Today show with Woody Woodrum, a member of the Marshall football pregame and postgame shows in one form or the other since 1996, and associated with Herd football since 1975.
Swann, a former football player for Huntington High, is a graduate of Marshall School of Journalism, and a long-time local sports-talk host.
Woodrum, who was a football manager at both Marshall (as were all three of this younger brothers) and at Winfield (W.Va.) High School, moved out of the equipment room and into the broadcast booth in 1996, when the Herd was 15-0, and called color for football in 1999-2000 and has done color for Marshall basketball since 2004. Woodrum is the current publisher of Herd Insider magazine (produced by Kindred Communications), covering all things Marshall with 29 issues a year.
Swann, the SuperTalk Program Director, has joined an array of writers rounded up by new HI Editor Jack Bogaczyk, including Dave Weekley, Chris Dickerson, Keith Morehouse, Mike Kirtner, Mark Martin, Mike Hamrick and many others, plus award-winning photographer Brad Helton and Layout Editor, Alex Hackney.
Swann and Woodrum — the 2000 winner of West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year — bring perspective from around the college football world.
The show features the winningest coach in Thundering Herd history, Bob Pruett; award-winning columnist for The Herald-Dispatch, Chuck Landon; and host of “H-D Radio” on Thursday’s before the Doc Holliday Show and President of Kindred Communications, Mike Kirtner.
Joining the show for 2012 is Bogaczyk, a former editor of the Charleston Daily Mail who also is a HerdZone.com contributor and MU Athletics Director of Publications, three hours before kickoff of every Marshall game.
Paul Swann (left) and Woody Woodrum host College Football Today and College Football Wrapup on The Dawg, 93.7 FM and SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 before and after Marshall football.
Once fans are informed about games around the nation, then the coverage on 93.7 The Dawg and SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 turns its attention to Marshall and the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network.
IMG College, America’s home for college sports, returns the broadcast crew for this season’s including “The Voice of the Herd” since 1996, Steve Cotton, along with analyst Mark Martin in the broadcast booth and new pre-game host Dave Wilson and new in-studio producer David Suntup.
“Fans should be pleased with IMG’s broadcasts of Marshall Football once again this season,” said George Smalley, General Manager of Marshall Thundering Herd Sports Marketing.
“Our crew has a wealth of experience and that is a big part of why these broadcasts are of the highest quality.”
Steve Cotton begins his 20th year of broadcasting at Marshall as the "Voice of the Herd" on the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network.
Cotton, a nine-time “West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year” honoree, returns for his 20th season on the Marshall radio crew and 17th year as the Herd’s play-by-play announcer. The University of Florida alumnus enters his 27th year calling intercollegiate football, basketball and baseball, and is also the host of both the Doc Holliday and Tom Herrion radio call-in shows, live on Thursday’s from Gino’s Pub.
Those MU coaches shows are fronted each week by the “Insider Sportsline,” from 4-6 p.m. with Swann and Woodrum, and “H-D Radio,” 6-7 p.m. with Kirtner, Landon and Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick, both heard on SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930, and joined for the coach’s hour also on The Dawg, 93.7 FM, and all live from “The Pub” on Fifth Avenue and 25th Street in Huntington.
Mark Martin joins Cotton for second year as color analyst on Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network and is sports director at WCHS TV-8 and FOX 11.
Martin begins his second season as color analyst after a stint as the broadcast’s sideline reporter.
The sports director at WCHS-TV and WVAH-TV, Martin has been a staple in the West Virginia sports scene.
A former football player for Marietta (Ohio) College, Martin is a member of the Ripley HS Football Hall of Fame, and in 2009 received the Associated Press Lifetime Achievement Award for his broadcast work.
Last year, he was named the West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year and, beginning this season, he will also serve as the host of the Doc Holliday and Tom Herrion television shows on WCHS TV-8 and FOX 11 in the Charleston-Huntington markets.
Martin is now also writing for Herd Insider, and is a long-time contributor to “Wally and Wimpy’s Football Digest,” a local publication covering West Virginia high school football, college football and the National Football League.
Wilson, a Marshall alumnus, joins the broadcast crew this season producing and hosting the “Tailgate Show,” which starts the Herd’s game day coverage two hours prior to each kickoff.
Wilson, a St. Marys, W.Va. native, spearheads Thundering Herd coverage for West Virginia MetroNews and serves as the “Voice of the Morgantown Mohigans.”
Wilson brings nearly a decade of award-winning experience covering college and high school athletics in West Virginia and Virginia.
Rounding out the crew is a new addition, studio host David Suntup. A recent graduate of Syracuse University, Suntup will provide listeners with scoreboard updates and other information throughout the broadcasts.
Herd Insider editor Jack Bogaczky is joining both College Football Today and the Tailgate Show on the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network, and will cover the game for the Sept. 6 Herd Insider, with immediate coverage by him and Woody Woodrum on goherd.com, the HI website.
Bogaczyk will also be featured regularly on the Tailgate Show, as will a segment with Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick.
Coverage began on Aug. 30 with the Doc Holliday Call-in Show, from Gino’s Pub and the Family Fun Center at 2501 Fifth Avenue in Huntington, 7-8 p.m. on the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network stations including The Dawg, 93.7 FM, and follows the "Insider Sportsline" and "H-D Radio" on SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930.
On Saturday, "First Sentry Bank's College Football Today" is at 9 a.m. on The Dawg and SuperTalk — with Woodrum and Bogaczyk live from Morgantown and Swann live at “Rooster’s” in Pullman Square in downtown Huntington for a watching party, hosted by Chuck Black of The Dawg’s K-9 Krew and Big Buck 101.5 FM’s Jason Toy, at 10 a.m.
On the Huntington stations, CFB Today is followed by the Tailgate Show on those stations and many more on the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Netowk at 10 a.m., leading to the noon kickoff of Marshall’s season opener against West Virginia University in the Friends of Coal Bowl.
Don’t forget, after the network wraps-up the game from Morgantown, join Swann and Woodrum for the “College Football Wrap-up,” taking calls on all the action and much more from the first Saturday of the college football season.
Join the fun at 304-523-2275 or 1-800-932-2275 after the game, then look for columns and stories on the game at goherd.com, the Herd Insider website, from Bogaczyk and Woodrum as they cover the Mountaineers and the Thundering Herd in what could be the last “Friends of Coal Bowl.”
All year, every Saturday, join The Dawg, 93.7 FM, SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 and the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network for full coverage of college football and the Marshall football team.