GRAFTON—Fall brings Friday night lights and football games, but this fall, something was missing.
After numerous citizens tuned in to hear the Bearcat football games being broadcast, they were sadly disappointed to learn that the games were no longer being aired. Announcer John
Bord said it all began in
“Tom lived in Terra Alta and was a big sports fan,” recalled
According to Bord during Friend’s time at WTBZ, they announced not only high school football
“Tom approached me in
Bord said because Friend was busy cheering on his sons at East Preston High on Friday nights, he needed to find a radio companion.
“I asked Bob Bucy, who was working with WBOY and covering Taylor County as a reporter if he would like to join me,” explained
Bord and Bucy called the games until the last game o the 1990
“The fans and
He was joined by Friend in 1991, and then in
“Shawn and I have been calling the games from then until this year,” shared Bord. “We have had a great time doing it and have really enjoyed presenting the games to a grateful audience.”
According to Bord, Friend sold the station back in 2002, and for a
“In 2007, we talked the Froggy chain of stations into doing the games, and we were with them up until this year, when they went under new management, who decided to go in a different direction,” Bord explained.
He said that presenting the games was never a money making
“We never charged, not for doing the games, or for the mileage or food. If the trip was longer than an hour, Tom and then Shawn had the places to eat already mapped out,” he disclosed.
“Both our wives drew the line there,” Bord joked.
Bord recalled numerous memories from his time on air.
“I remember in 1986, a bolt of lightning came into our phone line during the Tucker County game. Smoke started coming out of our headsets, and Bucy turned white as a ghost,” he shared.
In the late 80’s, Bord said while down in Charmco, presenting the Greenbrier West game, he and Bucy were stuck in a press box near the wood line. They were told to watch for bears, and Bord said he didn’t think Bucy ever took his eyes off the woods the whole game.
In the early 2000’s
One of Bord’s fondest memories while presenting the games, was the night of the Wayne playoff game in 2008, when over 20,000 people listened to them by
“I would have to say the biggest memory that all of us share, who sent our voices out over the airways all those