Adams, WGCH eager to get the Greenwich High School football season underway

Please note: This column was written by Rob Adams, WGCH 1490 AM Sports Director and the radio voice of the Greenwich High School football team. In addition to hearing Adams throughout Big Red’s games, Adams could be hear covering Brunswick School football games and also has a two-hour radio sports talk show on 1490 AM Mondays staring at 7.

We are just under a few hours away from kickoff of the 2012 high school football season in Connecticut. That means it is time for Greenwich Cardinals Football!

Once again, WGCH will be the home of the Cardinals, as it has been for as long as I can remember (there are those that say it dates back to the birth of the station in September, 1964, but I have no proof of that). Bill Daughtry, Mark Yusko, Pete Gersec, and former Jet Skip Lane are among the names that have brought the sounds of the Cardinals to your radio.


On Friday, I will begin my 13th year as the radio voice of Greenwich football. I began my WGCH career in 1997 and took as over calling Cardinals football in 2000.

Joining me as the lead analyst this year will be Chris Erway. Erway joined the station as an intern in 2006, handling the morning sports reports on the “NewsCenter with Tony Savino.” That is where I first met him, when I filled-in for Tony. Chris rejoined WGCH in 2009 and begins his fourth season on Greenwich football, and first as the lead analyst. He replaces Sean Kilkelly, who is moving back to the studio.

Also in the booth will be Ryan DeMaria, who is back for his second year, and first full year as the statistician and second analyst. DeMaria joined WGCH in 2009, when he worked with me on our national version of “The Press Box”, which was airing on the Lifestyle Talk Radio Network. DeMaria will miss tonight’s broadcast due to a conflict (hey, he’s going to see UConn at Randy Edsall and Maryland. Can’t blame him for that, I guess). In week two, DeMaria will join me in the lead chair as Greenwich travels to Bridgeport to play Bassick on Friday, Sept. 21 at 4:30.

Working the sidelines is Christopher Kaelin. A fellow Connecticut School of Broadcasting guy, “Kaelin is in his fourth year with us, having joined WGCH in 2009. Kaelin also handles interviews throughout the broadcast, and is famous for having thrown me under the bus while I was trying to take a bite of pizza in 2010. He has never let me forget it.

As I’ve already mentioned, our Studio Host will be Sean Kilkelly. My first call when I became Sports Director in 2000 was to Kilkelly, asking him to join me on Cardinals football. Steady and authoritative, Kilkelly has been both the lead analyst and the Studio Host, and his presence at the controls is welcomed. Kilkelly will bring his “Halftime Extravaganza” along for each broadcast.

WGCH morning sports anchor Matt Byrne will also be a part of our team, most likely as the opposing teams’ sideline reporter. This will be Matt’s first year with us.

Jason Intrieri, who has joined WGCH in the past (including portions of the Cardinals run to the 2007 state title), will be with us each week to serve as a game site reporter, and to be our “FCIAC Insider”, with news and notes from around the league and around the state.

Each broadcast will begin with our 20-minute “Shore and Country Properties Pregame Show.”  We will also have postgame interviews and analysis.

Don’t forget to bring a radio to each game, as you can listen to us wherever we are! A transmitter will ride along with us, allowing us to rebroadcast the game within the stadium. We will let you know where to hear us each week via Facebook and Twitter.

It’s a full show, and I think it’s among the best in the business. I’m proud as always, and a little nervous, but revved up for our first broadcast on Friday. The butterflies will be present right up until the theme plays to open the broadcast. Then I’ll open my mouth, let the words flow, and it will be business as usual.

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