Alphonso Smith Joins Wake Forest Radio Crew
Aug 27, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Former Demon Deacon All-American cornerback Alphonso Smith will join the Wake Forest IMG radio crew this season as the sideline reporter.
Smith, who spent the past four seasons playing in the NFL, joins play-by-play man Stan Cotten and color analyst Dave Goren.
"Alphonso was and is a Wake Forest fan favorite," said Cotten. "To have one of our school's and league's best ever players as part of our crew is exciting. We're looking forward to Alphonso's perspective and for that personality of his to come through on the radio."
Smith is one of the most decorated players in Wake Forest football history, earning first team All-America honors in 2008 and finishing as a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Award. Smith finished his career with a school-record 61 passes defended and an ACC-record 21 interceptions.
As a senior in 2008, Smith led the country in both interceptions (seven) and passes defended (20).
Smith was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and played four seasons in the league with Denver and the Detroit Lions before retiring in 2013.
Smith replaces former Deacon offensive lineman Michael Hoag, who recently took a job with EA Sports in Florida.
Demon Deacons fans across the region and the country will have plenty of options to catch their favorite team in action. 100,000-watt FM powerhouse WBRF has been renewed as the anchor station for the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network. WBRF has served the Deacon fan base in the Triad, Southwest Virginia and beyond for more than two decades.
The network welcomes in a new fulltime affiliate in Statesville, WSIC-AM 1400. The network also features eight affiliates of Winston-Salem based Truth Broadcasting Corporation this season for football and basketball game coverage, including new signals 96.3 in Greensboro and AM 1340 and FM 103.5 in Winston-Salem.
Additionally, 610 AM WFNZ is back for another season in Charlotte. Sister frequency 1660 will be used to start the game on Thursday night and 610 will then join in progress at 7 p.m.
Wake Forest hosts Presbyterian in its season opener on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at BB&T Field. The radio pre-game show begins at 5:30 p.m., an hour before kickoff.