By BP

THE PRESSBOX WITH BRETT AND THE BAD BOY

In May of 2002, Allen Smothers and Brett Friedlander started a weekly radio show called “The Pressbox with Brett and the Bad Boy.”  It would be staged at It’z Entertainment City in Fayetteville, NC and the two had a deal that the show would last three weeks.  It’s lasted a little longer than that.  Being fiercely local, the show catered to the Fayetteville community and the Cape Fear region while also covering the ACC, keeping an especially close eye on the NC State Wolfpack.  In 2006, Bill Priestley joined the show as a fill-in host and anchored the last segment of the show.

THE SPORTS BLAST

Eight years later, the show was going strong, but a weekly 4 hour commute for Smothers was getting cumbersome and he decided to leave the program.  Brett Friedlander and Bill Priestley continued on with the show and renamed it “The Sports Blast,” holding true to all of the things that made The Pressbox successful.  Hal Nunn also came on the show as a marketing specialist and offered his unique perspective on local sports and especially comments on the Hoke County Bucks and the NC State Wolfpack.

In August of 2013, The Sports Blast signed a new deal to be on AM1490 WAZZ a Beasley Broadcasting station. Brett and Hal invited Chris Hughes from http://www.carolinapreps.com onto the show in August of 2013. In April 2014, Chris moved from the Fayetteville area and the guys invited Don Koonce to be co-host on the show. He joined the Sports Blast in May 2014.

Now in its 12th year, the weekly program on Monday afternoons from 4-6 p.m., has produced over 500 shows and is one of the longest running radio programs in the state and the longest running sports talk show in the Cape Fear Region.

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