About Our Hosts…
The Bad Boy of Sports Radio, Allen Smothers is the 2011 & 2012 NSSA South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year! A veteran of nearly 30 years in sportscasting and was the first to host a daily sports talk program in both Florence & Myrtle Beach. In addition to hosting “The PressBox” for the past 12 years in NC & SC, Allen currently hosts a weekly sports talk television show and a weekly golf talk radio program along the Grand Strand. He has broadcast hundreds 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, but 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 15 years as a high school basketball assistant & AAU Coach, he helped guide dozens of college & NBA standouts including Ray Allen of the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks’ Raymond Felton and Charlotte Bobcat 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 hosts the “High School Football Coaches Show” on the station. Emerson handles PXP and color commentary for the South Carolina High School State Championships on the SCHSL Network (www.SCHSL.tv), as well as all prep sports broadcasts on SCVarsity.com, including 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, 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, among many other insights! Cathy resides right here in Florence.
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 also the longtime radio/internet play-by-play Voice of Florence RedWolves baseball. Matt is single and lives in Darlington.