July 23, 2014

Reporters

Ashley Byrd – News Director
Ashley is thrilled to be back in radio news. She worked in public radio, web and television at the state and national levels, and then went into business communications. “Learfield is the best of both worlds,” she says, “a dedication to grass-roots journalism, backed by a solid business model.”

A native of a small town in South Carolina, Ashley began her radio career working college summer break at a station that has been a longtime network affiliate. Ashley got her degree in Political Science at the University of South Carolina, with some graduate work at the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She has won national and state recognition in every medium, including a national EMMY nomination. Her experience in radio, print, television, web reporting, photography, advertising and new media–combined with a passion for hearing and telling a good story–culminate in this position. “This is a great state, with great stories and this news team listens well. That is why people listen to us.”

Kevin McCrarey – Sports Director
Known as “K-Mac” to sports fans across the Palmetto State, Kevin was born in southern California but has spent the past 20 years living and breathing sports in South Carolina. Now his only ties to the west coast are his undying love of the Dodgers and Lakers. As a youngster, Kevin fell in love with radio listening to AM talk shows every night in his bedroom and dreaming of being on the air himself one day. He started living his dream when he joined the South Carolina Radio Network immediately after he earned his degree in broadcast journalism. Over the past ten years Kevin has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the Independence Bowl. Known for his strong passion and opinions, Kevin spent several years as a co-host on the SportsTalk Radio Network with Phil Kornblut. In 2010, Kevin was promoted to Sports Director of the South Carolina Radio Network and, although he still contributes to SportsTalk, his main focus is producing daily morning and afternoon drive time reports to SCRN’s affiliate stations. Kevin cites his wife Lauren and his pug dog, Boss, as his biggest supporters.

Dave Williams – Network Meteorologist
Dave WIlliamsRaised in Northeast Ohio, Dave’s experienced dangerous storms, including tornadoes and blizzards, which sparked his passion for meteorology at a young age. Dave received a B.S. in atmospheric science from The Ohio State University and worked as a meteorologist at Steubenville, Ohio, Wheeling, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach.

Today, Dave is the Chief Meteorologist for WCIV-TV (ABC 4) in Charleston and provides state forecasts and weather analysis to South Carolina Radio Network on a daily basis.  Armed with a wealth of experience forecasting the weather in the Palmetto State, Dave is a member of the National Weather Association, American Meteorological Society, and holds a Seal of Approval from the NWA.

Tom Hayes – Reporter/Anchor/Sports Commentator
Keeping a keen eye on the SC Statehouse by day, Tom turns into his alter ego “the Professor, aka the Pro” by night sharing his insightful musings about the Palmetto State sports world on the long running, statewide “Sportstalk” show from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. At the University of South Carolina Tom served as early morning news anchor on the campus radio station. After college Tom turned his sights toward television, working as a news reporter with WOLO-TV in Columbia and WSPA-TV in Spartanburg. After serving as Director of Public Relations and Publications at Voorhees College in his hometown of Denmark for eight years, Tom returned to Columbia to revive his radio career in the rapidly growing genre of sports talk radio, working the morning drive at the Ticket 98.5. Sports Radio 1400 and ESPN Radio 1230, while serving as producer of Sportstalk.

An unabashed sports fan, movie and jazz buff, Tom enjoys keeping his co-workers loose and questioning his sanity by making “off the wall” statements and reciting lines from old Bogart movies. Tom’s motto, “I don’t take myself seriously, I take my work seriously.”

Matt Long - Managing Editor
When he first arrived at the South Carolina Radio Network in 2006, Matt Long was a lowly intern who reported on football recruiting. He’s since run the gamut at the Network, serving as a sports reporter, producer, high school football show host, and weekend anchor. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and remains a hardcore Gamecock fan, which is both a blessing and a curse (as most USC grads know).

Matt covers the State House of Representatives during the General Assembly session and each day makes sure the network’s 24 newscasts a day are top-notch. He visits sports radio occasionally. He announced high school football and basketball games while still in college and has also sacrificed several summers as the Columbia Blowfish play-by-play man. He is also the PA announcer for USC volleyball games.

The oldest of six children, he enjoys reading about history and politics – a fun hobby in a state like South Carolina.