UpState Prep-Cast starting providing Internet broadcasting of the Chapman Panthers Football games in 2005 with an association with GoUpstate.com and the Spartanburg Herald Journal.
Tommy Sims, local radio personality provided the play by play and Britt Wilkerson provided the color commentating. Dale Wilkerson provided the coaches interviews with then coach and Athletic Director Randy Burns as well as giving stats during the broadcast. UpState Prep-Cast continued in 2006 adding Dale on the sidelines as well as the Coach's Interview's.
In 2007 we added the Landrum Cardinals with Travis Henson, now the Head Baseball coach at North Greenville University and Johnny Brown. Early into the season we added the Boiling Springs Bulldogs, Britt Wilkerson and Tom Dixon, son in law of the famed Gaffney Indians Broadcaster Ron Owenby, shared the Play by play and color duties. Ray Henderson joined the Chapman Broadcast crew to provide Color. We carried several Chapman Baseball games with Tommy Sims, Dale Wilkerson and Inman Mayor Wright Gaines providing the broadcast.
For the 2008 football season we lost our dear friend Tommy Sims, so Britt Wilkerson took over the play by play for Chapman along with Dale Wilkerson on the side lines and color with help from former Chapman Lineman Kevin Parks. Travis Henson left for NGU, so Ray Henderson moved to the Landrum broadcast on color and local radio personality and Landrum Graduate Adam Walker provided the play by play. At Boiling Springs Tom Dixon provided the play by play and Danny Thompson providing color. Tom and Britt broadcast the Boiling Springs Basketball games in the '08 -09 season. All of us here at UpState Prep-Cast can't wait for the 2009 football season to roll around.
Boiling Springs – Play by play Tom Dixon, color Devon Holder, side-line reporter Chad Taylor a Senior at BSHS, pre-game and halftime pre-recorded interviews Dale Wilkerson.
Chapman – Play by play Britt Wilkerson, color Kevin Parks, side line, color pre-game & halftime recorded interviews, live interviews during game and post game Dale Wilkerson.
Landrum – Play by play ^Johnny Bell and Dale Wilkerson, Color and side-lines Derrick Bell, pre-game and halftime pre-recorded interviews Dale Wilkerson.
Short Bio’s about the broadcast team.
Tom Dixon began broadcasting for the Gaffney Indians as side line reporter and pre-game show co-host from 1997 through 2006 including the Shrine Bowl of the Carolina’s in 1997-1999, 2005-2006. Tom was a part of the first Boiling Springs football broadcast in 2007, as he served as color man with Tommy Sims handling play by play. Tom has continued with the Boiling Springs broadcast since 2007, adding basketball last year as well. When the schedule permitted, Tom also worked some Chapman broadcasts as sideline reporter in 2008.
Britt Wilkerson has been a part of the Chapman broadcast team since 2005. Britt served as color man for seven games in 2005 and play by play for one. Britt also handled the PA Mic for Chapman – JV football games during the 2005 season. During the 2005 playoffs, Britt worked the Broome games with Tommy Sims. During 2006, Britt worked as color man for the Chapman regular season games and as on site producer for the Dorman playoff game at Irmo. During 2007, after working a week-0 game at Landrum as on site producer, he spilt time as color man for Chapman and color/play by play for Boiling Springs. In 2008 Britt handled play by play for Chapman football and also worked with Tom Dixon on the Boiling Springs basketball broadcast. Britt has also worked as on site producer for several Chapman playoff games during 2007. During 2008, Britt worked the Landrum playoff game with Ninety Six as both color man and on site producer. Britt also worked as on site producer for the Boiling Springs vs Mauldin game as well as the Boiling Springs vs Sumter playoff game. Britt has also helped arrange guests for Droppin’ the Hammer show on ESPN1400 AM.
Kevin Parks was a three year starter for the Chapman Panthers, where his blocking paved the way for Jermaine Petty to set a then school record for rushing yards. Kevin joined the Chapman broadcast in 2008 (week 4) and worked several games during the season.
Chad Taylor is currently a senior at Boiling Springs High School. After graduation, he will enroll at Spartanburg Methodist College where he will begin work on a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Chad will gain valuable experience in live interviews, broadcast set-up, and production.
Derrick Bell had a big first day in broadcasting. He worked a double header during the 2008 season. First he helped gather stats for the Boiling Springs/Mauldin game that kicked off at 3:30pm, on a Saturday afternoon. Then he loaded up and hit Interstate 85 northbound for the Landrum/Blacksburg game. Derrick worked on air with Adam Walker as color man for the second half of this game.
Devon Holder joins the Boiling Springs broadcast this year as color man. Devon, who is a former assistant coach with the Bulldogs, brings a wealth of community and school knowledge to the broadcast. Holder is the Public Relations Director for the ISCARS Racing Series and also works with the ASA South Racing Series. Devon has also been a guest on Droppin’ the Hammer several times.
Johnny Bell has been involved with sports is entire life. He has worked the as the P.A. man for several sporting events including Auto Racing and Wrestling. Johnny has also co-hosted several episodes of Droppin’ the Hammer.
Ronnie Black has provided the voice for the pre-game billboards and custom game intros, written by himself and Dale Wilkerson. Ronnie is the PA-Man for Byrnes High School and has been with ESPN-1400AM since 2001, as a producer and on air personality. Ronnie has been a part of Open Mic Daily, Timeout with TA, and Droppin’ the Hammer.
Dale Wilkerson has been a part of the Chapman broadcast since 2005. Dale served as color man for three games along with handling the pre-game interviews with then Chapman Coach Randy Burns and worked the Broome playoff games as half time host. During the 2006 season, Dale was the sideline reporter for the Chapman broadcast and handled the pre-game interviews for both the Chapman and Landrum broadcasts. Dale also worked as side line reporter for the Dorman playoff game with Irmo. In 2007, Dale started the year week zero as Landrum played Chesnee as the side line reporter. During the 2007 season, Dale worked 18 games total, most with the Chapman team but also with Landrum and Boiling Springs. In the spring of 2008, Dale worked Chapman Baseball with Tommy Sims and he also began working with ESPN-1400AM with the show Droppin’ the Hammer. In the fall of 2008, Dale continued to handle all pre-recorded interviews for Boiling Springs, Chapman, and Landrum and worked as sideline reporter, or color man in 14 games over 12 weeks. Dale currently hosts Droppin the Hammer on ESPN-1400AM and 103.3-FM and also writes for The Hometown News.