Saturday, December 3, 2016

December 3rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

3rd Barracks After World War II

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Today’s photos are of the old 3rd Barracks, with the above photo being an aerial shot taken shortly after World War II in the late 1940’s.

Most Alumni of Clemson know of Johnstone Hall, even if you did not have the “honor” of living in it! But an often forgotten part of Clemson history is the building that stood where Johnstone does now prior to 1954 (when Johnstone was finished).

The 3rd Barracks was located where Johnstone Hall now resides. The rooms were located on the second and third floors of the barracks as the ground floor housed the dining area. Cadets were packed three to a room which made living quite cozy!

All Clemson buildings, including the 3rd Barracks, were equipped with indoor plumbing and running water, which was an extreme rarity amongst most South Carolina buildings at the time.

John Francis Calhoun, grandnephew of John C. Calhoun, worked as the overseer of the dining area and his wife as the house mother of the barracks. Clemson paid them $600 and $200 a year respectively. John F. Calhoun oversaw a small number of kitchen staff, all of which lived in small wooden cottages in what is now Death Valley.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tearing Down Goal Posts In 1950’s

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Today’s photo shows the aftermath of a game in the 1950’s and shows Clemson students climbing the goal posts inside of Memorial Stadium. Or, maybe it is not at the end of a football game at all?

Notice that there is no fence separating the hill from the east endzone area. Fans were trusted to stay off the playing surface during the game.

You can also notice the streamers coming down from the field goal posts. This leads me to believe that this was some type of Freshman Orientation and not the aftermath of a football game.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Television’s Early Days In Clemson

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Today’s photos are about the emergence of television at Death Valley.

By the 1970’s, more and more games were being televised in Death Valley, which gave the Tigers a lot of national and regional exposure. The photo above shows the huge older equipment used in the 1970’s

However, many of the Tiger's away games were also being televised during the late 1970’s as well. Any of you remember trying to watch those away games in Johnstone using just a set of rabbit ears?

Somebody had to go outside and hold the antenna so we could receive the game. If that didn't work, try the old tin foil trick. You also needed someone by the TV to bang on the side to keep the picture from rolling during a critical Tiger drive!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tiger Pregame Show To Broadcast From Ferg's Depot In Orlando This Saturday!

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast from the Ferg's Depot Pregame Party in Orlando, Florida this Saturday for our 183rd consecutive show!

Broadcast time this Saturday is from 2:00-5:00.  Fans can listen at WCCP 105.5 FM in the Upstate of South Carolina, anywhere in the world, and via the Tune In App (it is free).

Ferg's Depot is located at 78 West Church Street, Orlando, FL, 32801.  Ferg's Depot is 2 miles from Camping World Stadium and adjacent to Orlando's Amway Center.

There is no cover charge to enter the Church Street District and there are plenty of food, drinks, live bands, and tailgate games available.  Of course, you can also be around a sea of Clemson Orange while you listen to The Tiger Pregame Show.  

Scott Rhymer will be on-site hosting the show and Kelly Gramlich will be back in Clemson and will join Scott to give her insight into this ACC Championship Game.

The Tiger Pregame Show format will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game.

Segments for the show include up-to-the-minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and their opponent, Opposing Team's Perspective, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.  There will also be segments with current Clemson football players that give fans a more personal look at the players behind the face mask and helmet.

Scott Rhymer, in his 14th year as Host, will once again anchor the show to bring Clemson fans all of the information, interviews, and insight to prepare for the game.  Rhymer has anchored the show on WCCP from its birth, giving Clemson fans a familiar voice and perspective on what has happened, what will happen, and the implications of all things Clemson when it comes to the upcoming games.  

"Not only is it an honor to host The Tiger Pregame Show, but the opportunity I have been blessed with over these 14 years to meet so many great Clemson fans has given me a lifetime of memories", Rhymer said recently.

Kelly Gramlich will join Scott Rhymer as our new full time Co-Host.  Kelly got her start at WCCP 105.5 The Roar in February 2015, appearing on Out of Bounds twice a week. She became the full-time producer and co-host of the show in May 2016. Gramlich also serves as the color commentator for Clemson women’s basketball broadcasts on the station.

Prior to 105.5 The Roar, Gramlich was a student assistant in the Clemson Athletic Communications Department, serving as one of the media contacts for the Clemson women’s basketball team. In addition to her work at Clemson, Gramlich worked for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky in the summer of 2015 as a public relations intern.
Gramlich is a two-time graduate of Clemson University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Communication, Technology and Society in 2016. While at Clemson, Gramlich was a member of the Clemson women’s basketball team from 2011-14 and holds the record for most three-pointers made in a single game with eight.
The Tiger Pregame Show will tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations, with several segments engaging fans via Twitter (@1055TheROAR and @tigerpregame).

“No longer do Clemson fans have to sit beside a radio in order to listen to the show”, Rhymer points out.  

“When driving to the game Saturday or working around the house, our fans can stream the show via their smart phones, making the show as portable as the listener wants to be on game day," Rhymer explains.

“But that is not the only reason we embrace the technology.  In addition to streaming the show, we also want to engage fans during the show to allow them to give their opinions and insight into the show that we can use while broadcasting.  That’s the really exciting part of embracing the technology as it allows fans to do more than just listen.  It allows them to engage.”

During the game week, fans can also nominate themselves as the "Clemson Fan Of The Week" via @tigerpregame and @1055TheROAR on Twitter.  The winner each week will join Scott and Scott during the Bottom Line Segment as a 3rd host of the show on air!

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables, and Co-Offensive Coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott will offer their input on the show.

Player interviews will take place each week to give fans an idea of what the vibe of the players inside the program is as they prepare for the upcoming opponent.

Don Munson, the  Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program. 

And, just like in the previous 13 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions, this year with Scott Rhymer and Kelly Gramlich.

You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook (The Tiger Pregame Show) and following via Twitter (@tigerpregame and @1055TheROAR).

You can also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog,  WCCP 105.5 FM, and at for updates on the show.

Scott Rhymer will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 105.5 FM and every Friday morning at 7:05 to talk Clemson football and to set the stage for the Tiger Pregame Show.  

Broadcast time this Saturday is from 2:00-5:00 live from Ferg's Depot in Orlando, Florida.

Fans can listen at WCCP 105.5 FM in the Upstate of South Carolina, anywhere in the world, and via the Tune In App (it is free).

Game Day Shuttles are available for fans that would like to tailgate in the Church Street area with transportation provided to and from Camping World Stadium:

This season is set up to be don't miss a minute of the season and start your game day experience with The Tiger Pregame Show. 

An ACC Championship Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show!

Go Tigers!

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November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck 

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Today’s photos are of the North Upper Deck in 1983.

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.

To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

The North Upper Deck is slightly larger than the South Upper Deck. The reason for this is simple. Engineers had more room to build behind the North Upper Deck than they did behind the South Upper Deck (with Cemetery Hill behind the South). This allowed for a slightly higher design, adding a few thousand more seats to the North.

At one time, Clemson promoted Death Valley as having the most sideline seats of any stadium in the nation. I do not know if that is still accurate, but you don’t hear Clemson promote that saying anymore so I assume that it is not.

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