|PAUL CRANE - Host|
Emmy Award winning sports broadcaster Paul Crane has been with Cox Sports Television since 2005 doing play by play of various events including CST’s minor league baseball package in 2006 and 2007. Crane also serves as co-host of the weekly studio show CST Tonight.
Crane has been with FSN South- Sports South since 2002, where he serves as the key college football reporter for the live, nightly regional sports news program Around the South and as host for other network college football original programming ventures. Crane has also served as host for FSN South’s popular football and basketball recruiting series, Countdown to Signing Day, and he has done play-by-play for selected college football and basketball games.
Crane joined FSN South following nearly ten years at CNN Sports and CNN/SI. In addition to covering college football and basketball, among other things, he hosted a weekly college football preview show and the weekly College Coaches Corner program on Sunday mornings – the program on which the weekly CNN/USA Today college football coaches poll was announced. Previously, Crane spent nearly 10 years as a sports anchor and reporter at KDFW-TV in Dallas, where his primary assignments included covering the NFL Dallas Cowboys, NBA Dallas Mavericks, MLB Texas Rangers, the then-Southwest Conference, the then-Big Eight Conference, the annual Cotton Bowl football game, the annual Oklahoma-Texas football game, and PGA TOUR stops in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Upon his graduation from the University of New Hampshire, the Connecticut native began his broadcasting career with the New Hampshire Public Television network.
|DAVE-TE’ THOMAS - Featured Sports Analyst
Featured on countless radio and television shows since the age of fourteen, Dave-Te’ is also an accomplished sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for most of the teams in the National Football League, in addition to also coordinating scouting services for various Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association organizations.
He runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft. This company has provided the NFL with extensive scouting reports on all players eligible for the draft. He handles a scouting staff whose duties are to evaluate and test the sport’s future stars prior to their upcoming drafts.
Dave-Te’ served on the selection committee for the Kelly Tire Blue-Gray Game, a college all-star contest featured on ABC-TV during Christmas day. He also has served as selection chairman for the Martin Luther King Classic, the original All-American Classic and the Hula Bowl, when that game was under the direction of Ray Nagle, in addition to assisting the Japan Bowl and Delchamps Senior Bowl departments.
At age fourteen, Dave-Te’ was contracted by several NFL teams to assist their scouting departments in providing them with information on the nation’s top gridiron stars. Soon, other teams began requesting his services, thus the start of his scouting service. After serving in the United States Football League as a scouting information consultant, Dave-Te’ returned to the NFL circles, serving in a personnel consulting capacity since 1984.
Asked by the National Football League to appear on several radio and television shows dealing about the draft and the pro season, the nation soon caught attention to this colorful character’s “shoot first, but know where to aim” style. He has appeared on countless 300 radio and television shows every year, in addition to co-hosting his own nationwide and local shows. For over ten years, he served as scouting analyst and was a weekly co-host along with Chet Coppock on SportsChannel’s NewSportsTalk two-hour national sports show. He also was a co-host in the 1980s with Norm Hitzges on Mizzlou Network, a show sponsored by Southwest Airlines; with Kevin Ray and Beano Cook on the ESPN Fiesta Bowl College Gameday Show every Saturday during the college football season, the NFL analyst on ESPN’s KMOX-St. Louis, the college football analyst for The Football Network and presently co-host’s Countdown To Draft Day, along with Paul Crane.
His abilities as a writer have seen him produce the NFL’s draft and preseason reports (over 3000-page tome) yearly since 1983. He is editor of The NFL Draft Report, NFL Report, The Poor Man’s Guide to College Football and The NHL Report, in addition to serving as a sports writer, with works featured in over 100 college media guides, College & Pro Football Newsweekly, Associated Press, Giants Weekly, New York Daily News, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, San Jose Bee, San Francisco Chronicle and most nationally-recognized newspapers.
In addition, he served as a featured writer for both pro and college hockey, baseball and football for SportsPage.com and The Sports Network. He also ran a very successful nation-wide training program for football and basketball athletes while serving as Director of Operations for National Sports Agency, a player representation firm that feature over eighty clients in football, basketball and baseball.
His extensive football material is used by all the major networks covering college football. In addition, his sports content is provided throughout the sports industry through the internet’s premier sports content house, The Sports Xchange. His reports are presently featured on CBSsportsline.com, USA Today, Fox Sports, USA Today’s Sports Weekly and NFL.com and the premier draft web site in the industry, aptly called NFLDraftScout.com.
Dave-Te’ is a “shoot from the lip” and ready to quip, with a large fan base that enjoys his quick response, colorful nature and keen insight into what really goes on behind the doors in an NFL organization. With contracts with twenty-seven of the league’s scouting departments, few in the industry get the “behind the scenes” look that Dave-Te’ provides his listeners. All he asks is that you open up the phone lines, strap on your seat belt and let your listeners enjoy what any other sports writers will tell you is a truly fun, exciting and information-filled time on your air waves.
Dare to wake up your listeners who are tired of the same old, rehashed material of others in the industry that cite the NFL party line? Dare to have your listeners rocking in their seats and clamoring for more? Dare Dave-Te’ to bring his exciting brand to your station.
|DAYMEON FISHBACK - Featured Sports Analyst|
Considered by many to be one of the best all-around basketball players ever to come out of the Bowling Green, Kentucky area, Daymeon was named Gatorade National Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in 1996 coming out of Greenwood High School. Daymeon set career records with 2,214 points, 916 rebounds; 470 assist and 160 blocked shots, while leading his team two consecutive King of the Bluegrass titles. After becoming the second player in the history of his high school to have a jersey retired and being ranked among the top 20 prep guards in the country, Daymeon signed at Auburn where he quickly made the all-SEC Freshman Team.
Continuing his success at Auburn, Daymeon was 5th in 3 point field goals made in the history of Auburn Basketball, SEC Academic Team Honor Roll, and a Team Captain on the 1999 - 2000 NCAA Tournament Team. While helping lead his team to an SEC Championship with a 29-4 record and Sweet 16 appearance in 1999, Daymeon went on to be nominated as one of the Greatest 15 players in the 100 year history of Auburn Basketball.
After receiving an International Business Degree in Finance and Spanish, Daymeon played professional basketball in Italy, Yugoslavia, France and many other countries before being drafted to the NBA Development League. Daymeon has continued his basketball career into the broadcast booth, where he can be seen on FOX SportsSouth and Lincoln Financial telecasts. He can, also, be heard as the color analyst for the Auburn Radio Network.
| TONY BARNHART - Featured Sports Analyst|
A native of Union Point, Ga., Barnhart has 30 years experience as a sportswriter and editor for three newspapers, 13 years experience as a freelance television reporter, three years experience as host of a radio sports talk show and is the author of three books on college football:
• “Southern Fried Football: The History,Passion and Glory of the Great Southern Game,” Triumph Books, 2000.
• “What It Means To Be A Bulldog,” Triumph Books, 2004.
• “Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia,” Triumph Books, 2005.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Barnhart is in his 24th year with the Atlanta Journal Constitution and regularly contributes to the “College Football Today” Show on CBS with Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman. Additionally, Barnhart co-hosts his own television show, "Talkin' Football," which airs each Sunday night at 8 p.m. on CSS; and has served as a co-host on “The Southern Football Kickoff Show” which airs on WQXI 790 AM radio.
Awards and Honors
§ 2007 Fred Russell Contribution to Sports Writing Award, All-American Football Foundation
§ 2006 Jake Wade Award, College Sports Information Directors of America
§ 2006 Alumni Achievement Award, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
§ 2006 President, United States Basketball Writers Association
§ 2001-06 Honors Court, National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
§ 2002 Furman Bisher Award, Atlanta Sports Council
§ 1999 Georgia Sports Writer of the Year, National Sports Casters and Sports Writers Association
§ 1998 President, Football Writers Association of America