My high school baseball coach had a saying: “When you come to an open door, go through it. When you come to a closed door, open it. And when you come to a locked door, kick it down.” I am happy that a door has opened for me at WYMT.
I was born and raised in Morehead, Ky.,so I am very familiar with Appalachian culture. I attended Morehead State University from 2008-2012 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and an emphasis on Journalism. While at MSU, I was blessed to be a part of the award-winning news team at Morehead State Public Radio for over four years. I also did radio play-by-play for some Eagle basketball and baseball games and spent three years as sideline reporter for MSU football.During this time, I worked with some of the best professionals in the business, including Chuck Mraz, Dan Conti, Greg Jenkins and Paul Hitchcock.
In 2010, I took over as the “Voice of the Vikings,” supplying radio play-by-play for Rowan County Senior High School boys and girls basketball. The thrill of a lifetime occurred in that first season when the Rowan boys won a school-record 30 games and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 state title game at Rupp Arena. I got to call the action every step of the way.
For high school, I attended Lakeside Christian Academy in Morehead. My senior year, Rob Taylor (UPIKE Hall of Famer and former Pike Central head coach) helped lead us to the school’s first-ever KCAA state championship. He is also the creator of the above-mentioned saying.
My other media experience includes working on the Donnie Tyndall Show, serving as sports editor at The Trailblazer (MSU’s campus newspaper) and stringing as both a timeout coordinator and stats coordinator for ESPN college basketball broadcasts. My father, Rick, did MSU basketball games on the radio when former WKYT general manager Wayne Martin was at the Eagle helm. My mother, LaTonya, is a professor of social work at MSU.
If you ask me whether I root for UK or U of L, I will say Morehead State. I am an avid Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan and, like most eastern Kentuckians, have a deep passion for high school and college basketball.
I am honored to be a part of your Mountain Family and look forward to serving you through high quality reporting that you deserve.