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'Painting 'em Purple'

From the Booth
Monday, November 18, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates

Overlapping seasons make for hectic itinerary


Listen to FROM THE BOOTH with Jeff Charles live on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. on WCZI 98.3 FM, or play the audio archive the next day on Bonesville Internet Radio.





It’s going to be a very busy week around the old Pirate Sports Radio Network.

Thursday afternoon we leave for Murfreesboro, TN, for ECU’s basketball season opener at Middle Tennessee on Friday night with airtime at 7:30 p.m. The team will charter back immediately following the game and arrive in Greenville around 1:00 a.m.

We’ll hustle down to UBE for Pirate preview at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning and then to the stadium for the Texas Christian football game at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday afternoon at 1:30, it’s back on the air for Pirate hoops with Mississippi in town for a big one on the hardwood.

The weekend concludes with Steve Logan’s Call-In Radio Show Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. If you’re looking for a “Pirate Fix” this week is your week.

We’re really excited about a football-basketball doubleheader this weekend in Greenville. I hope it can become an annual event.

Back in the old days, football would end and basketball would start. Not any more. This year the Pirates will play six basketball games before the end of the football season.

Our basketball crew is back with some old faces and some new ones.

Si Seymour begins his fifth season as our analyst. The former head coach at Craven Community College, who happens to be an ECU grad, does a great job and is a real joy to work with. Si adds that coaching perspective to our broadcasts and has a great knowledge of the game. His insights during the action provide the listener with a keen sense of what’s happening and why.

When yours truly has a football conflict with our television duties on WITN Channel 7, we have a pinch hitter on radio play-by-play. Rick Dayton filled that role for a number of years but he won’t be back this year. Dayton accepted a news anchor job at WSAZ Television in Huntington, WV.

Stepping in this year will be veteran Raleigh broadcaster Reece Edwards. Edwards has a wealth of experience with public television and radio and has over 25 years experience in play-by-play.

You don’t hear these guys, but Paul Rogers, Garrett Killian, Warren Baker and newcomers Ron Evans and Greg Pierce will be our engineers-producers.

We’ll televise three games on WITN this year and Billy Weaver will join me for the telecasts. We’ll announce those games soon along with a women’s game we’ll be producing. It’s time to “hoop it up.”

News ‘n Notes from Pirate Land…

  • Fans were still talking about the shooting display former Georgia Tech and Chowan College standout Fred Vinson put on last Tuesday night. Vinson had thirty-three points in EA Sports win over the Pirates. He was in an absolute zone. Those shots weren’t even hitting the rim.

  • Football fans who want to hear some intelligent sports talk need to listen to Bill Curry on ESPN Radio Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. When Bill was the head coach at Georgia Tech, I did some shows and games with him on WSB Radio. He’s first class and has really found a niche on the air after getting out of coaching. The former Packer has a million Vince Lombardi stories.

  • Talk about old coaches, did you see the story on 80-year-old Lou Saban on ESPN 2? Saban is at Chowan College and hopefully we’ll get him on the air with us soon. I would imagine he has a few stories, too.

  • Last week, I volunteered myself to be a “guinea pig” in East Carolina University’s Human Performance Laboratory. I spent two mornings going through a series of cardiovascular risk assessment tests. We’re making a television feature out of my evaluation that you may see soon. All of us are trying to get the word out that ECU offers this very important health and fitness test. WITN’s Alex Radow shot the video of my exploits and delighted in watching me get tortured. It’s really not that bad and you might consider doing it yourself. The Human Performance Lab can be reached at 252-328-4689. Jennifer McCartney heads up the program.

Till next time “keep painting’em purple.”

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