Philpott, Rhymer Headline New Radio Show

Sports talk radio will get a heavy dose of college football starting in August from publisher Roy Philpott, and sports talk host/freelance writer, Scott Rhymer. The College Football Weekend Preview radio show will debut Sunday, August 11 from 12:00-2:00 PM on WCCP FM 104.9 out of Clemson, South Carolina.

Two more Sunday shows on August 18 and August 25 will follow before the show will settle into its weekly day and time on Thursday nights from 8:00-10:00 PM following Tiger Calls With Tommy Bowden.

The first Thursday night show will air on September 5th. "The Sunday August shows are our preseason, just to work out all the kinks and bugs before we go on Thursday nights," Rhymer explained. "This allows WCCP to finish their contractual obligation to Greenville Braves without our show causing conflicts."

The College Football Weekend Preview 2002 will be an updated version of the show that aired last year on WCCP following Tiger Calls with Tommy Bowden that was hosted by Scott Rhymer. Rhymer, who has hosted various sports talk shows on WCCP said, "That show last year went further than I ever would have imagined. The time slot was perfect for college football fans to get ready for the games. This year's show will be better, have more information, and will be even more entertaining to listen to than last year's show. In fact, I think it will be better than any local sports talk show in South Carolina."

Roy Philpott will jump into the radio business for the first time. "There is nothing I look forward to more than jumping behind the microphone and talking about some good old fashion southern football. It just doesn't get any better than that. The ACC and SEC have some of the most passionate fans in the country, and I think they'll like to hear our perspective on things. I'm also fortunate to have a co-host that has substantial experience in the studio. We will have the opportunity to do some big things at WCCP," said Philpott.

The College Football Weekend Preview will have a decidedly local flair, focusing primarily on the upcoming games for both Clemson and South Carolina. "People in South Carolina want Clemson/USC talk. Not NFL, not Major League Baseball, and defiantly not the NBA. Just give them plenty of info on the Tigers and Gamecocks, mix in a little recruiting information, and you have a recipe for a great show. That is what we are going to do," Rhymer says.

Philpott will bring in his vast network of recruiting information involving the state of South Carolina and the Southeast with player profiles twice an hour during the show. "Our goal will be to focus on the top athletes in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Ideally, we will be bringing some of the biggest names in high school football on the air," said Philpott.

In addition, members of the media and web community that follow the opponents of the Tigers and Gamecocks will come on the show to offer their latest info and injury updates. "For example, on the Thursday before Georgia Tech comes to Clemson, we will have a phone interview from a beat writer for the Yellow Jackets. We will also do the same for USC's opponents," Rhymer explained.

As for the tint of the show, Rhymer makes no apologies for his allegiances. "Look, everybody knows Roy is a Clemson guy. I'm a Clemson guy. But the show will be very objective and we will have a couple of special guests to the show that are Gamecock people to help balance the show out. I won't pretend I don't like Clemson, neither will Roy. And we won't ask our guests to mask their colors either. Talk radio is much better when everybody can be themselves and not pretend to be something they are not. Local sports talk in South Carolina is way too politically correct, in our opinion."

Phone lines will also be opened during several segments to get the pulse of the average listeners. "Parts of the show will be very interactive. So if Roy or I say something you don't agree with, you will be able to call us on the carpet about it," Rhymer explained.

Don't live in the Upstate of South Carolina? Not a problem. The show will be web cast through live.

"We think we have a great format with plenty of Clemson/Carolina talk and plenty of recruiting," Rhymer concludes.

You will be able to judge for yourself starting August 11 from 12:00-2:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM in Upstate South Carolina and at on the web. Top Stories