About Our Hosts…
The Bad Boy of Sports Radio, Allen Smothers was awarded the 2011 & 2012 NSSA South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year! A veteran of over 30 years in sportscasting and was the first to host a daily sports talk program in both Carolinas, originating from the Pee Dee & Grand Strand. In addition to hosting “The PressBox” for the past 12 years, Allen currently hosts a weekly regional sports television show. He has broadcast thousands of prep, college and pro games in the Carolinas. Allen was the first play-by-play announcer hired by the NBA’s D-League in 2001 and has served as radio / TV voice of the nationally-renowned Beach Ball Classic since 1989. His true passion is the NC State Wolfpack and he realized a lifelong dream of calling a series of their baseball games on radio vs. the Clemson Tigers in 2005 for the Capitol Sports Network. In nearly 20 years as a high school assistant & AAU basketball coach, he helped guide dozens of college & pro standouts, including NBA Great Ray Allen, Raymond Felton of the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizard Ramon Sessions! Allen is a graduate of the University of Charleston (WV). He and his wife, Shirley, have one son, Cameron (a 2011 graduate of Coastal Carolina University), and live in Myrtle Beach.
Emerson Phillips (“E~Daddy”) has been co-host from the start of the SC program in 2004. Play-by-play voice of high school football on the flagship station of the Gamecock Sports Network, 107.5 The Game. He also handles play-by-play and color commentary for several South Carolina High School State Championship broadcasts on the SCHSL Network (www.SCHSL.tv), as well as the Chick-Fil-A Christmas Basketball Classic in the Capital City. Phillips is Gamecock to the bone as a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is single and still lives in his hometown of Columbia.
Bob Schuster (“Bobby Shoo”) works for Clemson University Broadcast Productions, SCETV and hosts the “Your Day” Show on NPR Radio. A proud graduate of West Florence High School and the University of South Carolina (hence the nickname “Benedict Bob”). Bobby has done it all in broadcasting, National Network, as well as local TV and radio, but he loves coming “home” to Florence each week in “The PressBox!” Bob and his wife, Phyllis, live in Anderson, SC with their three children.
Cathy Elliott (“The Sassy Cat”), pens a weekly syndicated column, “My Brain on NASCAR” for over 270 newspapers & websites nationwide, and is the author of three books, including her latest pictorial history of the Lady in Black, “Darlington Raceway ~ Too Tough to Tame.” The UNC-Chapel Hill graduate gives us the true curves of motorsports, along with many other insights! Our Cat, the “Pearl of The PressBox” resides in Darlington, the “Pearl of the Pee Dee.”
Matt Jordan (“MJ”), our producer and co-host has been with the program since the early years and makes sure things in-studio run as they should, including screening the “Micky Finn’s Offensive Line.” He is our in-house encyclopedia of “fringe” sports, European soccer, the NHL and all things minor league hockey and the Canadian Football League. MJ was also the longtime radio/internet play-by-play Voice of Florence RedWolves baseball. Matt is single and lives in Florence.