Marshall Radio Crew Set for 2012 Season

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

HUNTINGTON, WV - IMG, America’s home for college sports, has announced that the broadcast crew for this season’s Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network football broadcasts will include Steve Cotton, Mark Martin, Dave Wilson and David Suntup.

“Fans should be pleased with IMG’s broadcasts of Marshall Football once again this season,” said George Smalley, General Manager of Marshall Thundering Herd Sports Marketing. “Our crew has a wealth of experience and that is a big part of why these broadcasts are of the highest quality.”

Steve Cotton, a nine-time West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year honoree, returns for his 20th season on the Marshall radio crew and 17th year as the Herd’s play-by-play announcer. The University of Florida alumnus enters his 27th year calling intercollegiate football, basketball and baseball, and is also the host of the Doc Holliday and Tom Herrion radio call-in shows.

Mark Martin begins his second season as color analyst after a stint as the broadcast’s sideline reporter. The sports director at WCHS-TV and WVAH-TV, Martin has been a staple in the West Virginia sports scene since his boyhood days in Ripley, W.Va. A former football player for Marietta College, Martin is a member of the Ripley High School Football Hall of Fame and in 2009 received the Associated Press Lifetime Achievement Award for his broadcast work. Last year, he was named the West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year and, beginning this season, he will also serve as the host of the Doc Holliday and Tom Herrion television shows.

Marshall alumnus Dave Wilson joins the broadcast crew this season producing and hosting the Tailgate Show, which starts the Herd’s gameday coverage two hours prior to each kickoff.  Dave, a St. Marys, WV native, spearheads Thundering Herd coverage for West Virginia MetroNews and serves as the Voice of the Morgantown Mohigans. Dave brings nearly a decade of award-winning experience covering college and high school athletics in West Virginia and Virginia.

Rounding out the crew is a new addition to this year’s broadcast lineup, studio host David Suntup. A recent graduate of Syracuse University, Suntup will provide listeners with scoreboard updates and other information throughout the broadcasts. contributor and Herd Insider Editor Jack Bogaczyk will also be featured regularly, as will a segment with Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. This year’s coverage will begin with the season’s first Doc Holliday Call-in Show Thursday evening, August 30th. The weekly program originates from Gino’s Pub and the Family Fun Center at 2501 Fifth Avenue in Huntington and runs from 7:05-8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Tailgate Show will begin at 10 a.m., leading to the noon kickoff of Marshall’s season opener against West Virginia University in the Friends of Coal Bowl.

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