Wake Forest Radio and Televison Coverage
Wake Forest football fans and fans of the ACC will have increased opportunity in 2002 to follow Demon Deacon football on the expanded Wake Forest ISP Sports Network. The 100,00 watt FM signal of WBRF in Galax, Virginia, will again anchor the network as the flagship station. WBRF's vast coverage of portions of North Carolina and Virginia at 98.1 on the FM dial, along with the footprint of affiliated stations in both states, will provide premium coverage of the live play-by-play.
"Voice of the Demon Deacons" Stan Cotten, voted "2001 North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year" by the National Sportscaster's and Sportswriter's Association, returns for his seventh season calling the play-by-play for Wake Forest football, basketball and baseball. Cotten will again host Deacon SportsPage, a Wednesday night call-in show featuring head coach Jim Grobe. A three-time Associated Press Broadcaster's Association honoree and graduate of the University of Tennessee, Cotten began his broadcasting career in his hometown of Knoxville and called the radio play-by-play of Division-II power Carson-Newman and Marshall University prior to arriving in Winston-Salem in the fall of 1996.
Wake Forest Hall of Famer Ed Bradley, a 3-year starter at linebacker for the Demon Deacons and a member of the 1970 ACC Champions, returns for his eighth season as color analyst for the network. Bradley capped off his stellar collegiate career with appearances in the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl. He was a 4th-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers and played on legendary Steeler teams that won three AFC Central titles, two AFC Championships and Super Bowls IX and X. Bradley had stints with Seattle and San Francisco, ending his NFL career in 1979. He was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
Game day coverage consists of a full hour of programming prior to kickoff including interviews, analysis and reports on other games, the exciting play-by-play call of the game and a full postgame report with locker room interviews, scores and reports from around the ACC and nation and a look ahead to the Deacons' next opponent.
The Deacon Minute is a one-minute feature on Wake Forest sports produced by ISP Sports and syndicated across the South for 24 weeks from September through March. The program airs in the Piedmont Triad on WFMY News 2, Wednesday through Saturday, during newscast sports segments and The Good Morning Show.
WAKE FOREST ISP SPORTS NETWORK
STAN COTTEN - "Voice of the Demon Deacons"
Stan Cotten's first season behind the microphone as the radio play-by-play "Voice of the Demon Deacons" was in the fall of 1996, his 17th season broadcasting sports on the collegiate level. Following the 2001 season, Cotten was named by the National Sportscaster's and Sportswriter's Association as the "North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year." He is also a three-time Associated Press Broadcaster's Association honoree. Cotten handles the play-by-play chores for football, basketball and baseball for the Wake Forest ISP Sports Network and hosts Deacon SportsPage, a weekly call-in show featuring head football coach Jim Grobe and head basketball coach Skip Prosser.
Cotten's broadcast career began in 1980 when, as a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, he was named sports director at WIVK-AM/FM in Knoxville - the flagship stations of the Vol Network. That same fall, he began his radio play-by-play career calling football and basketball games at nearby Carson-Newman College. His stint as the "Voice of the Eagles" would last 12 years. During that span, he also broadcast some of the Carson-Newman games on local Knoxville television stations and hosted C-N's television coach's show - the "Ken Sparks Show" with the school's highly successful gridiron mentor and Cotten's high school coach at Knoxville's Farragut High.
In early 1987, while still calling the radio play-by-play at Carson-Newman, Cotten was named the sports director at Knoxville television station WTVK. Shortly thereafter, the station changed owners, call letters (to WKXT), and its network affiliation from NBC to CBS and most of its on-air talent. Cotten remained, however, as the weeknight sports anchor until leaving in the summer of 1989 for a full-time post in the Carson-Newman athletic department.
At Carson-Newman, Cotten was named as the Director of Athletic Communications. He oversaw sports information and marketing for the then NAIA Division-I school as well as the Eagle Network and all broadcast operations including the radio play-by-play of football, basketball and baseball. Cotten remained as the television host of the "Ken Sparks Show." While at Carson-Newman, he called the play-by-play as the football team won five NAIA National Championships paving the way for an eventual move up to NCAA Division II.
In the summer of 1992, Cotten broke his ties to East Tennessee and headed for Huntington, West Virginia, to become the "Voice of the Thundering Herd" at Marshall University. As Director of Media Relations and Marketing for the school's athletic department, Cotten oversaw all aspects of the Thundering Herd Network, including sales and affiliate recruiting and relations. He called the radio play-by-play for football and basketball and was the host for school's radio and television coaches' shows.
In his first season at Marshall, Cotten was behind the mike as the Thundering Herd won the 1992 NCAA I-AA national championship over Youngstown State in a 31-28 thriller. That was the beginning of a tremendous growth period at Marshall, one that would eventually lead the school into being regarded as one of the nation's elite football programs. By the summer of 1996 the radio network had grown from 19 stations to total 34.
While in Huntington, Cotten began a freelance relationship with ESPN Regional. From time to time he still has the opportunity to call the television play-by-play of various games produced by ESPN and aired on various outlets across the country.
In the summer of 1996, Cotten was hired by ISP Sports to be the "Voice of the Demon Deacons." He and his wife Patti, an attorney for a Knoxville firm, have two daughters -Annie and Jessie. The Cottens reside in Winston-Salem.
ED BRADLEY - Football Analyst
Ed Bradley joined the Wake Forest ISP Sports Network in the fall of 1995 and serves as the analyst on all football broadcasts. Ed, Jr., is a second generation Demon Deacon following in the footsteps of his father, Ed, Sr. Ed's father captained the 1949 Wake Forest team under legendary coach Peahead Walker before playing professionally for the Chicago Bears and again, later, for Walker in Canada.
Ed, Jr., arrived on the Wake Forest campus in 1969 and was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Demon Deacons. He was a member of the 1970 ACC Champions and capped his stellar collegiate career with appearances in both the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl.
Bradley followed his dad into the NFL. In 1972 the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the fourth round of the NFL Draft at a time when the Steelers were becoming one of the storied NFL franchises of all time. Bradley was a Steeler for four seasons on great Pittsburgh teams that won three AFC Central titles, two AFC Championships and Super Bowls IX and X.
In 1976, Bradley was taken from the Steelers by the Seattle Seahawks in the expansion draft and was a tri-captain of that very first Seattle team with Mike Curtis and Norm Evans. Following that season, Bradley was traded by the Seahawks to San Francisco where he played for the 49ers from 1977-79 and finished his pro career.
Bradley was elected into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame and inducted in 1987 with baseball standout Billy Scripture and golfing greats Jay Haas and Curtis Strange. Bradley is now a member of Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Bradley has over 20 years experience in the scrap metal recycling business, working in Winston-Salem for Atlantic Scrap and Processing. He is also Chairman of the Brenner Children's Hospital Celebrity Golf Classic, an event that over the last several years has raised funds approaching $1 million for the charity.
Bradley has three children - daughters Jennifer and Katie and son Jeff. Ed resides in Winston-Salem.
ALAN YORK - Studio Host
Alan York joined the Wake Forest ISP Sports Network broadcast crew as an intern in 1998 and anochors the studio portions of each broadcast. A Mt. Airy (NC) native and 1999 graduate of Guilford College (NC), York also calls play by play for the Winston-Salem Warthogs baseball team, High Point Univeristy basketball, and Mt. Airy football.
York's main role with the Wake Forest broadcasts is manning the ACC and national scoreboard, keeping fans updated on scores of other games of interest. He also hosts the popular "ACC Notebook" which updates listeners on the very latest news around the Atlantic Coast Conference with reports on key conference matchups and coaches and player interviews.
York works full-time with the Winston-Salem Warthogs and resides in Winston-Salem
CLENT GENTRY - Spotter/Statistician
The veteran of the Wake Forest ISP Sports Network broadcast crew is Clent Gentry who approaches nearly two decades in the booth. Gentry got his start with the late Gene Overby, serving as a fill-in spotter for the 1985 football season. He now serves in two key roles: spotter and statistician. Gentry also serves as statistician for the Wake Forest basketball broadcasts working alongside "Voice of the Deacons" Stan Cotten and analyst Mark Freidinger.
Gentry is a 1966 Wake Forest graduate and was a member of the Demon Deacon basketball teams from 1962-1965, playing for head coaches Bones McKinney and Jack Murdock. The Roxboro, North Carolina, native moved from the old Wake Forest campus to Winston-Salem in 1956 with his family. Gentry's father, the late Ivey Gentry, was a most respected professor of mathematics at Wake Forest and taught from 1949-1989.
Gentry is employed by Southern Community Bank as a Business Development Officer. He has two children - son Todd and daughter Kristen. Clent, who resides in Virginia, is also the proud grandfather of four.