The pace is picking up! The Troy scrimmage Saturday is set for 10:30am, and the radio crew will be there watching it. I was down last week with ISP videographer John Mitchell for a marathon session taping our player features that will air on "The Trojan Football Report" TV shows throughout the season with Coach Blakeney. We interviewed 15 Trojans about their lives off the field and came away very impressed! Some, like Jerrel Jernigan and Tyler Clark, have been subjects of features last year and knew the routine, but some were interviewed for the first time and were very impressive; I learned that LB Donnell Golden (who's in our prayers) relaxes by playing the steel guitar; Clark, QB Jamie Hampton, LB Xavier Lamb, and OL Nate Newland spent the summer traveling together to several Christian outreach events; and RB DuJuan Harris loves the movie "Gladiator". The segments are one of the most popular parts of our weekly shows. I'll get you a listing of times and TV/cable outlets they'll air on!
Yes, our radio crew is together again for the fifth straight year; Jerry Miller will again handle color commentary, Chris Blackshear is on the sidelines and in the post-game locker room, Mike Mote is the studio host, and Michael Buchanan is our broadcast producer. The only change at all comes off-the-air, with our new spotter coming in, Ryan "Pokey" Hayden. For the second straight season, we have a two-hour pregame show on radio that'll start at the Green Tailgate Terrace, which is newly improved and landscaped this year!
Nothing against any of the other radio broadcasts that cover Sun Belt Conference schools, because there are some phenomenal play-by-play broadcasters in this league, but my opinion is that no one offers more extensive programming, or on a larger network, than Troy. The last count shows that our football network is at 15 stations, our basketball network is 4 stations, and our crew (with Jerry, Chris, Mike, Michael, and Ryan) works harder, and has more fun doing it, than any other crew I could name!
The annual Troy Football Appreciation Night is August 21st at the Stadium Towers and I'll be emceeing that; it's always a lot of fun. As we lead up to the season, I'll have the weekly TV show information for you, as well as the latest radio affiliates (we've got GREAT updated coverage now in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile), and some more insight into the start of the 2010 Troy football season. Make sure to check back. As always, you can follow on Facebook and on Twitter.