Skip to main content

The Tiger Pregame Show Gears Up For 11th Year On Air!



The Tiger Pregame Show, a mainstay for Clemson fans on game day, will broadcast its 130th consecutive show when longtime rival Georgia enters Death Valley on August 31st beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Mark Sturgis will join Tiger Pregame Show founder Scott Rhymer as co-host of WCCP’s popular Tiger Pregame Show as it enters its 11th year on the air this fall on the flagship station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 104.9 FM. 

 The show’s 11th season will have plenty of new twists and formats, nodding to the history and heritage of the show while pushing the show into an innovative and interactive new radio format.

“Chris Downey (WCCP General Manager) and I have been discussing the format of the show for 3 years now”, Rhymer stated recently. 
 
Scott Rhymer
 “We both were interested in pushing the show beyond what we have done in the past; really separating our show from anything else in pregame college football on the radio.”

Not only will the show have a new co-host in Mark Sturgis, the show will also continue to tap into the great history of Clemson’s football program and personalities.

“Willy Korn is now coaching and could not return to the show, but his presence last year as a former player really clicked with the fans”, Rhymer said.  “So we decided to make that a staple of the program; bringing back former players to guest host with Mark and me.”

Each week, the show will have a third host in addition to Rhymer and Sturgis. This third host will be a former Clemson player or coach that will give their own unique analysis of the game, including game day picks from around the country and of the Clemson game.
   
 “Broadcasters sometimes get tunnel vision in analyzing games,” Rhymer feels.  “Sometimes it takes someone who has lived in those shoes and in those trenches to really encompass what is going on inside the head of the players and coaches leading up to a game.”

Already scheduled to join the Tiger Pregame Show are former Tiger greats Jim Bundren, Ray Williams, Billy Davis, and Reggie Merriweather. Additional former players will be announced as the season draws closer.

 In addition to the weekly special Clemson guest-host, the Tiger Pregame Show is also moving locations to provide fans with a more interactive experience at home games.   WCCP and The Tiger Pregame Show are proud to announce a partnership with Mellow Mushroom in Clemson, across from the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex, where the broadcast will take place each home game.  Miller Lite and Coors Light will provide sponsorship, dubbed the “Tailgate At Mello”. 

Special drink and food specials will be available, and the entire parking lot area at Mello Mushroom will turn into a broadcast location for fans to listen and interact with the show and co-hosts. 

Broadcast locations for away games will be announced in the coming days and weeks.  The Tiger Pregame Show for the Thursday Night game against NC State on September 19th will take place at Twin Peaks in Greenville, SC.

The Tiger Pregame Show format will continue broadcasting 6 hours prior to kickoff and go off the air 3 hours prior to kickoff and will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game.  The season opener, however, will be a 4 hour special, beginning at 1:00 p.m. from Mellow Mushroom.

“Our business model, from the very beginning, has been to focus on the football game and the analysis of what to expect when you walk into the stadium”, Rhymer stated. “Clemson fans, especially those that are tailgating or en route to the stadium when we are on the air, want a pregame show that breaks down the football game and the X’s and O’s. And that is exactly what we try to give them for the three hours we are on the air.” 

Joining Rhymer in Year 11 is Mark Sturgis, host of “Straight Up With Sturg” on WCCP 104.9 FM from 7-9 weekdays.  Mark has been with WCCP for the last four years and formerly owned The Score Sports Radio Show, which included working for “The Opening Drive” when it was WCCP's syndicated morning show.


“It’s an honor and a privilege to join an established broadcast like the Tiger Pre-Game Show, Sturgis recently stated.  “I would like to thank Scott and Chris Downey, General Manager at WCCP, for the opportunity.”

Mark Stugis

"My goal is to enhance what is already a great product, as well as using my network of contacts to bring some different content to the broadcast. I can assure you we will do our part to make the 2013 Clemson football season the most memorable in decades.

You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show including being a part of the show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter. Also stay tuned to WCCP 104.9 FM and at wccpfm.com.

Go Tigers!

The Tiger Pregame Show on Facebook
Tigerpregame on Twitter

Popular posts from this blog

A Guide To A Clemson Weekend For Auburn Fans

Guide To a Clemson Weekend

By Scott Rhymer
Host of The Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 105.5 FM The Roar Wccpfm.com and WCCP 105.5 APP
1:00-4:00  Live From "The Corner Of Swann Pavilion At Littlejohn Coliseum"
Note:  Additions have been added by Clemson fans at the bottom of this blog

One of the great things about football season is that it offers the opportunity to welcome people to Clemson (either for the first time or after a long time away).  

At Clemson, we believe that we have something special and are excited to showcase that special college football environment each time we host a visitor.  Our goal  is very simple:  To be incredible hosts to our visitors and provide the ultimate game day experience.



There is an additional buzz in the air for Week 2 at Clemson, as we host the the Auburn Tigers and their fans for what should be an electric game day weekend with two Top 15 football teams in an ACC vs. SEC match-up in prime time!  We hope that your trip here will be exciting, memo…

Photo Gallery From Last Saturday's Tiger Pregame Show

Below is a photo gallery from last week's Tiger Pregame Show at Mellow Mushroom.

Each week, we will have former players as our "Legend of the Valley".  This Saturday, that guest will be Reggie Merriweather and we will broadcast live from 6:30-9:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM.  Mellow Mushroom and Portable Bar will open at 10:00 a.m.
Clemson vs. Georgia Photo Gallery
Above photo is the portable bar setup adjacent to Mellow Mushroom and to broadcast area.
Above photo is one of the many Game Day Signs fans brought down to our broadcast location.
Above photo is of former Tiger Brandon Maye and Tiger Pregame Show Host Scott Rhymer
Above photo is of former Tiger Jim Bundren and Tiger Pregame Show Host Scott Rhymer

Above photo is of former Tiger Will Proctor, Ainsley Earhardt from Fox News Channel, and Scott Rhymer, Tiger Pregame Show Host.Earhardt is married to Will Proctor.
Above photos is of former Tiger Will Proctor and his wife, Ainsley Earhardt from Fox News Channel.
The Tiger Pregame Show o…

Game Day Events And Broadcast Notes For 199th Tiger Pregame Show In New Orleans!

Game Day Events In New Orleans,
Broadcast Information And Show Location For 199th Tiger Pregame Show! 
College Football National Semifinal
Allstate Sugar Bowl


The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast our National Semifinal Edition live from Media Row at the Marriott Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on New Years Day!  

Broadcast time is 2:30-5:30 (Eastern Standard Time) or from 1:30-4:30 (Central Time in New Orleans).

Media Row is located within the Official College Football Playoff Media Hotel (Marriott Convention Center) in the heart of New Orleans, just 8 blocks away from the Superdome within the shadows of the historic French Quarter.

The Tiger Pregame Show will also be in New Orleans the entire weekend, and we will help cover all of the exciting events that are taking place leading up to Game Day and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  

Game Day!  January 1st
The Tiger Pregame Show will broadcast from 1:30-4:30 (Central…