Myrtle Beach's Friday night football broadcasts have found a new home.
After spending the last couple seasons on 93.9 FM The Team, the Seahawks' weekly radio spots will now find themselves on 104.9 FM, known to most as BOB.
"I think this year is going to probably be one of the best seasons in Myrtle Beach history," said Lane Harris, who along with Wayne Gray will provide the voice of the Seahawks. "I'd be surprised if it didn't get a lot of attention."
Harris said the decision to move the team's games to another station was "strictly business."
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Either way, fans tuning in on Fridays this fall are going to get a little different feel. After Myrtle Beach took its games to another station, Allen Smothers - from Coastline Sports Media - was approached by The Team about doing a rotating "Game of the Week" broadcast.
It was something he'd wanted to do for some time, and eventually, the idea came to fruition.
Coastline has already set a tentative schedule for this season, including Socastee at Carolina Forest on Friday. It will be followed up by Myrtle Beach at Carolina Forest and then likely Byrnes at Myrtle Beach.
Needless to say, there will be some crossover between the two broadcasts, although Smothers says he hopes to keep that to a minimum between the Cumulus-owned Team and Quantum-owned BOB.
"I'm trying to give a little of something to everybody," he said. "It's been a lot harder to sell, but it gives you a lot broader sales base. It's been awesome."
Neither party would discuss specifics of the deal, but Smothers did make it clear that the current plan for each station was one based around money.
"It didn't make the radio station real happy, but I understand," Smothers said. "Lane had to get the best deal he could get. Quantum gave him a better deal."
As for the actual broadcast, Smothers will be serving as the color commentator for the Game of the Week, while Matt Lincoln - the lead on the daily "Locker Room" show on the Team - will be doing play-by-play duties.
A little different look
Realignment took effect again this year, but the chatter from the moves appears to be relatively quiet.
Local teams will experience only slight adjustments to their football schedules for the 2010-2012 block.
In Class AAAA, Conway and Carolina Forest will add Lugoff-Elgin to the region schedule while dropping Hartsville. Lugoff-Elgin will only compete in the Lower State's Region VI-AAAA in football, while all other sports at the school will compete in the Upper State's Region IV-AAAA. Hartsvile jumped down to Region VI in Class AAA.
At the AAA level, Wilson replaces Lake City in the local region, now Region VIII-AAA, joining Myrtle Beach, Socastee, North Myrtle Beach, St. James and Georgetown. The area schools had been in Region VII-AAA.
Lake City dropped down to Class AA and joined Andrews in Region VII, which lost Waccamaw and Hanahan. Waccamaw moves into the same region as Loris and Aynor in Class AA. The Warriors move into Region VIII-AA, replacing Cheraw, which jumped to the Upper State in Region IV-AA.
Golson still firm in commitment to UNC
University of North Carolina fans don't have to start worrying about losing out on Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson.
At least not yet, anyway.
Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said Monday that his star quarterback hasn't changed his mind, despite some reports in the last month pointing to the contrary.
"His commitment is firm to North Carolina right now," Wilson said. "But the landscape of college football is always changing. He's going to keep his options open.
"Somebody started a rumor about him two weeks ago that he backed off his commitment to North Carolina, but that's not true."
UNC is in what appears to be the very early stages of an NCAA investigation revolving around some improper contact with agents. Typically, any loss of scholarships or even a postseason ban results in some changes in a school's recruiting list.