Tigers On Air
The University of Memphis athletic broadcast, which spent 12 seasons on an FM station in Memphis, has returned to WMC-AM 79, the station that carried Tiger athletics for 28 consecutive years. WMC will broadcast all of the University of Memphis football games in 1999.
In March of 1999, WMC-AM 79 and the University of Memphis finalized a new three-year agreement with the option for two additional years. WMC-AM 79 bid $240,000 for Memphis' rights in 1999-2000, $250,000 for 2000-22001 and $250,000 for 2001-2002.
WMC-AM 79, a 5,000-watt station located in midtown Memphis, sends out Tiger football in a 100-mile radius. WMC also originates the broadcast to 10 network affiliates throughout the Mid-South. WMC began covering Tiger athletics in 1958, and helped Memphis build a sttrong athletic following in the Mid-South.
Dave Woloshin, a well-known sports figure in Memphis, begins his third season of handling the play-by-play for Tiger football and basketball. Woloshin, who is the host for Sportsline on WREC radio, spent the eight years as the television play-by-play announcer for the Tigers on WLMT TV 30. Woloshin came to Memphis as the sports anchor for WHBQ TV 13 in 1981. He has handled play-by-play for the Memphis Riverkings, the Memphis Americans, Storm and Rogues soccer teams, has worked ESPN and SportsChannel America and for numerous prep football games of the week. Woloshin has also hosted a local golf show on WPTY TV.
Woloshin has two children, Nathan, age 6, and Jacob, age 5.
Former all-American center Bob Rush will handle the color commentary for the 12th straight season. Rush, who played for the Tigers from 1973 through 1976, hails from Clarksville, TN. He started at center for Memphis during the 1974, 1975 and 1976 seasons and earned all-american honors in 1975 and 1976. In addition, he was named to the all-south independent team for three years, was named the M Club Athlete of the Year (1976), first team all-american by The Sporting News (1976), honorable mention all-american by the Associated Press (1975 & 76), and was co-captain of the 1976 Tiger football team.
Following his graduation from Memphis, Rush was drafted in the first round by the San Diego Chargers and played five seasons for the Southern California team before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1983. After starting for the Chiefs for three seasons, Rush retired from the NFL in 1986.
Rush currently serves as sales manager for Delta Surgical, Inc. of Memphis.
Rush is married to the former Patsy Rentrop of Memphis. The couple have two children, Jeffrey, Jr., age 17, and Lacey, age 14.
All of the replay excitement of Tiger football can be seen each Sunday night on WLMT-TV, UPN 30 in Memphis. Greg Gaston, sports anchor at WPTY-TV, serves as host of the weekly Rip Scherer Show.
Scherer and Gaston discuss the highlights of the previous Tiger game and show all of the contest's most exciting plays. In addition, the show contains features on current Tiger players, assistant coaches and the University, as well as a brief outlook on the next opponent.
The Rip Scherer Show has been aired by WLMT-TV for the past four years. Over the past ten years, numerous Tiger football games have been carried by WLMT-TV.
Gaston has been with the sports staff at WPTY-TV for the past two years. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he came to Memphis from Maryland. Gaston and his wife, Mary, have two children, Greg and Gina.
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