Aug 26, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Eleven stations across both North and South Carolina are set to carry football broadcasts of the Catamount Sports Network (CSN) during the 2013 Western Carolina season, which kicks off Thursday, August 29, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
WCU welcomes back the nine affiliates which comprised the network in 2012, while welcoming two new stations - Country Legends, 550 and 92.9 in Statesville, N.C. - to the lineup. WAME joins affiliates 1270 AM WCGC in Belmont and 1150 AM WAVO in Charlotte/Rock Hill, S.C., as affiliates beyond the network's Western North Carolina reach.
The Catamounts have a strong presence on the air across the mountains including ESPN Radio 1310 & 970 AM out of Asheville; 540 AM WRGC in Sylva; 920 AM WPTL in Canton; 1050 AM WFSC in Franklin; 1600 AM WTZQ in Hendersonville and WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5, which originates on-campus in Cullowhee. The 11-station network now has a strong presence along the Interstate-40 corridor from the foothills through Western North Carolina, as well as the Charlotte Metro and into both the Upstate of South Carolina and northern Georgia.
CSN has also again partnered with Stretch Internet (www.stretchinternet.com) to provide unlimited streaming audio through the athletics web site, CatamountSports.com, giving WCU a worldwide reach.
2013-14 Catamount Sports Network Affiliate Stations
Longtime play-by-play voice of the Catamounts, Gary Ayers, returns to the microphone this football season, and will be flanked by returning crew members Steve White as color analyst and producer Jeff Bryson in the booth and Greg McLamb patrolling the sidelines.
Ayers has been behind microphone for 27 of the past 28 years at WCU, and has been a familiar voice to the region's sports fans for over three decades. In addition to serving as the "Voice of the Catamounts," the Swain County native has done play-by-play for Pisgah, Tuscola, Franklin, Cherokee and Swain high school football and basketball. Ayers, who is the President of Allison Outdoor Advertising in Sylva, also spent several seasons as the public address announcer for WCU Athletics.
White, who was WCU's first athletics information director from 1967 until 1998, has a vast experience on the radio with Catamount football, men's basketball and baseball. White was honored by the Southern Conference in 2010 by receiving the league's Distinguished Service Award. A 1967 graduate of WCU, he has nearly a half century service to the University and was an eight-time Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) "Outstanding Press Box Service" award winner.
White officially retired from WCU in 1998, but stayed active with WCU on the Catamount Sports Network until 2007 when he took on the role of Director of the "W" Lettermen's Club, a position he held until 2010. He returned to the air waves full-time in 2012 on the Catamount football broadcasts.
Bryson serves as the program's producer, as well as the in-booth host of the pregame, halftime and post-game shows. His radio experience dates back over 26 years. During that time, he has worked at a variety of stations including WZZU-FM in Raleigh; WCHL-AM in Chapel Hill; WKSF-FM in Asheville; and served as the program director at WRGC-AM in Sylva. Bryson is no stranger to the Catamount Sports Network as he worked with CSN providing color analysis for football and men's basketball for the 1995 and `96 seasons. Additionally, he has provided various play-by-play football and basketball broadcasts for Smoky Mountain, Franklin, Cherokee and Pisgah high schools. Bryson, too, serves as a Public Address voice for WCU athletics.
McLamb - a 2000 graduate of WCU - will roam and report from the sidelines for a sixth-straight season after joining the CSN crew on-the-air in 2007. His radio experience includes stints on the weekly sports talk shows, "Sports Talk Live" and "In the Litterbox," both produced on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5. McLamb is also a lead instructor of history at Haywood Community College in Clyde, N.C
Each week, the pregame tailgate show starts 60 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff time and will include comments from WCU second-year head coach Mark Speir as well as other special features.
2013 Catamount Sports Network Football Affiliates:
WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 - Cullowhee, N.C.
WAME 92.9 FM - Statesville, N.C.
540 AM WRGC - Sylva, N.C.
550 AM WAME - Statesville, N.C.
920 AM WPTL - Canton, N.C.
970 AM WYSE - Canton, N.C.
1050 AM WFSC - Franklin, N.C.
1150 AM WAVO - Charlotte, N.C. / Rock Hill, S.C.
1270 AM WCGC - Belmont, N.C. / Gaston County
1310 AM WISE - Asheville, N.C.
1600 AM WTZQ - Hendersonville, N.C.
Online at www.CatamountSports.com