John Willis has been covering Shelton football on KMAS for the past 28 years but he is retiring and is handing over the broadcasting reins to…me?! Yep. Me. Here is the press release from KMAS…
Highclimbers Return To Narrows League for 2012-13 Season
Catch all the exciting action when Shelton Highclimber football returns to the Narrows League for the 2012-13 season. This move will rekindle old rivalries and all the games can be heard on News Radio 1030 KMAS & FM 104.1 and streaming around the globe on kmas.com.
After 28 years as the voice of Highclimber football, John Willis will be hanging up his headphones to groom the next two voices of Highclimber football for the future. This help will ensure that fans can expect the same, high-quality broadcast that they have been used to for over a quarter-of-a-century.
Brandon Sparks, founder of Oly Sports (http://olysports.com/), will be the new play-by-play announcer on KMAS radio. Joining him in the broadcast booth will be John McGlamery, who will be providing color commentary and statistical analysis. Both men bring broadcast experience and a deep knowledge of local high school sports.
The Shelton Highclimbers will also be back on the radio after two seasons of web only broadcasts. An exciting season is in store for Shelton High School fans as the Highclimbers have dropped down into the 3A Narrows League which will bring more competitive and more local games. Their opponents this year include; the 2011 AAA State Champion Tumwater Thunderbirds, the annual rivalry game against North Mason, Wilson, Yelm, Foss, Lincoln, North Thurston, Mt. Tahoma and Timberline.
I originally went to college at Green River Community College to major in broadcasting and called baseball and basketball games on campus radio station KGRG. But After an internship with the Grays Harbor Gulls, I decided I liked the business side of sports better and saw the writing on the wall for radio careers so it took me 17 years before I got my first radio job. Not too shabby.
One thing to note: this means that at least one Tumwater, Yelm, North Thurston and Timberline game will be heard in Olympia. KMAS can easily be heard all over the area.