Matt Long – News Bureau Chief
Matt began at the South Carolina Radio Network in 2006 as an intern. He’s since run the gamut at the network—as a sports reporter, producer, high school football show host, and weekend anchor. He now oversees the news product in every form, covers the Capitol during the legislative session and keeps an eye on South Carolina’s role in national politics.
Matt has not forgotten where he began as he oversees the selection and training of news interns each year.
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).
The oldest of six children, he enjoys reading about history and politics – a fun hobby in a state like South Carolina.
A native of Punxsutawney, PA, Bill got his start in broadcasting in 1984 by doing radio commercials for his mother’s small ice cream shop, which was in a mall in Punxsutawney. Two years later he got his first “paying job” in the business at WPXZ in Punxsutawney.
Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and has worked in news at stations in Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, Virginia and a statewide network in Albany, NY. He has won various awards throughout his career and while in Virginia he was a board member and past president of the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
Some of the high points of Bill’s career so far have been at Ground Zero in Manhattan on the fourth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Covering the full-time state legislature of New York. While in Virginia being the only one in the newsroom providing coverage after an earthquake in 2011. And his very busy first year in South Carolina.
Bill likes to jog and walk in his spare time and enjoy a good slice of pizza every now and then.
Jay Harper – News and Sports Anchor
Jay began his broadcasting career more than 30 years ago in high school in New Orleans, Louisiana and continued on-air while attending Louisiana State University. He has served in various on-air and management roles at radio and TV operations from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, to Kansas City, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Columbia, South Carolina.
Jay also spent time in the music business in Nashville, Tennessee where among other things he was National Promotion Manager for MCA Records where he worked with the likes of George Strait, Reba McEntire, and many others.
Jay first joined the South Carolina Radio Network as a news anchor in 2012. Now based in Charleston, Jay has recently added morning sports to his anchor duties.
On his own time, Jay is an on-air host and producer for the Citadel Sports Network, covering athletics for The Military College of South Carolina.
Jay has been married to his lovely bride Lisa for 27 years and has a son Nick and a daughter Katie. In his spare time Jay enjoys volunteering with the South Carolina Talking Library, acting in community theater, grilling out and spending time with family.
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.
Jared Rogers-Martin – Digital Editor
The college radio station at the University of Georgia roped Jared into a career in broadcasting where he spent more time in the DJ booth at WUOG 90.5 FM than he did in the library. After college, Jared pursued a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and he jumped on the Learfield Communications team with the Minnesota News Network.
The cold eventually proved too much for Jared so he fled back down South to join the South Carolina Radio Network as a Digital Editor-Producer. In addition to working with the news department, Jared produces the award winning talk show SportsTalkSC and covers the Carolina Panthers.