Meet the Staff
Gary has a quarter century of experience in radio broadcasting. He graduated in 1989 from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Immediately after graduation, he went to work selling radio advertising for a local station, WMTY, owned at the time by legendary South Carolina broadcaster, the late Wally Mullinax. When Mullinax sold WMTY, Gary joined WRIX, WRIX-FM and WANS in Anderson County, SC.
Unlike most career broadcasters who worked their way up from programming into sales, then management, Gary has focused his entire broadcasting career in advertising sales assisting local businesses develop a larger customer base. “My philosophy on radio is that I’m not in this business to sell you commercials, I’m in this business to help you sell something” says Bryant.
Gary and his wife are the proud parents of three children and consider the three pillars of their life: family, church and work.
A lifelong resident of Oconee County, is the proud mother of three grown sons, and proud grandmother of four, with a fifth grandchild due in May.
Ann worked in banking for many years, and held a seat on the board of Directors at First Union National Bank.
After the sudden and tragic death of her husband, Bruce, Ann was a stay at home Mom for several years, raising their three sons.
Ann later worked at Walhalla Middle School, as secretary for the Assistant Principal, and worked as a licensed agent for Associated Employee Services.
In 1990, Ann attended Tri-County Technical College, majoring in Radio and Television Broadcasting, where she maintained a 3.90 average.
In 1991, after seeing Ann’s name on the Dean’s List, Marvin Hill, then General Manager of WGOG, called and asked her to come in for an interview.
Hired in April of 1991, Ann worked as an announcer for WGOG, three afternoons a week. Two months later, a sales position opened and Ann was offered the job. Her job includes sales, writing ad copy, producing ads, hosting remote broadcasts, billing, collections, and more. In April of 2009, Ann will have been with WGOG-96.3FM for 18 years.
Over the years, Ann has been active in many civic and community projects including helping get the very first Walhalla Oktoberfest off the ground in 1978; working with Oconee Community Theater; 15 year Garden Club member and past president; and volunteering at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Ann has emceed numerous Fashion Shows and has judged, as well as emceed numerous Beauty Pageants in Oconee & Pickens County.
An active member of College Street Baptist, Ann sings in the Choir, plays Hand bells in the Adult Hand Bell Choir, and performs with College Street Baptist Church’s Interpretive Movement Group.
Kris Butts – Operations Manager/Morning Drive Host
In his 21st year on the airwaves of WGOG, Kris Butts can be heard each morning from 6-10 AM on The Golden Corner’s Morning Show, the #1 rated morning show in the Tri-County region.
Kris, a graduate of West-Oak High School, also hosts The Broadcaster’s Almanac, Little Known Legends of Sports, and the long-running Flea Market. An avid sports fan, he also serves as studio producer for game-day broadcasts on the Furman/IMG Sports Network.
Kris also serves as President of the Board of Directors at Walhalla Civic Auditorium, and is a long-time member of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club.
Kris is married to the former Jessie Ann Bryant of Salem, SC. Kris and Jessie live in Westminster.
Brandon Kessler – Sales Representative
Brandon is a graduate of Mauldin High School in Mauldin, SC. After high school he attended North Greenville University. Brandon holds a bachelors degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Marketing.
Brandon began his radio career in college sports broadcasting at North Greenville University. He worked as the Sports Director for the college radio station announcing NGU Football and Basketball games. He went on to win the Most Promising Radio Broadcaster award his freshman year and finished with honors in Mass Communications.
Local radio is nothing new to Brandon. After college, Brandon went on to work for 1150AM/103.3 FM WSNW in Seneca as the Sports Director and Sales Representative. He then went to work for Clear Channel in Greenville, SC in sales and found that local radio is where he felt at home. Brandon has been a part of the WGOG staff since September of 2007.
In his free time Brandon enjoys fishing, hiking, bowling, softball, basketball and watching college football. He is married to the former Brittney Bowling of Simpsonville, SC. Brandon and Brittney are now proud parents. Their daughter Harper was born in June of 2013. They also have two dogs, Ralph and Esther.
Dick Mangrum has worked in radio news in four states, but his home is South Carolina. And his backyard is Oconee County. He arrived a few months before Armstrong walked the moon and has been recording Oconee County life pretty much ever since.
At one time he wanted to do something other than to chronicle the local events, but he got “hooked” on news when, while learning broadcasting, got to see David Brinkley live with Chet Huntley and a Lawrence Spivak-moderated Meet The Press. At WGOG, he learned from three of the station’s legendary announcers: George Allgood, Jerry Dyar, and Marvin Hill.
Will Parker – Sunday Operations
Will is a native of Seneca, and graduated with honors from the broadcast program at Tri-County Technical College. Will is a big fan of country music, NASCAR, and the Clemson Tigers. He can be heard delivering local news, and hosting the Sunday mid-day report on WGOG.
Tom began his career in radio in Indiana in the mid-60’s. In late 1980 he moved to Central Florida and continued his career in radio sales working in Kissimmee and Lakeland. He took over management of a Christian station in 1987 where he worked until the early 90’s. At that time he went to work at Walt Disney World in transportation in bus operations. During that time he also facilitated seminars for the Disney Institute. Upon retiring from Disney in 2006, he and his wife, Kathy, retired to West Union where they built their dream home. Tom, along with Wayne Morton, begin hosting the “Golden Corner Gospel” program early April 2007. In January of 2014 Tom was selected as the recipient of the Singing News magazine’s Golden Mic Award. Tom is also the driving force behind the Mayberry Comes to Westminster festival held annually the first weekend in May. Tom is also a 24 year veteran of the U.S. Army reserves where he served as a chaplain assistant.
Doug Stephens-Traffic, Etc.
As a child, Doug and his family lived in a house behind WGOG. He remembers seeing the old WGOG tower and thinking it was a Christmas tree. Doug is the son of the late Betty Lou Watson Stephens and Marvin Stephens of Westminster. Doug is currently a second year graduate student at Southern Wesleyan University in Central. He is studying to complete his Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Doug is a graduate of Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio, with Bachelors degrees in both Accounting and Forensic Accounting.
He is also an animal lover. On July 19, 2013, Doug rescued, “Daisy,” a small elderly Pomeranian who was abandoned in the parking lot of the Seneca Wal-Mart. She is a main focus of his life, and she has become a “mascot” of WGOG. Many listeners and visitors have met Daisy and often ask about her. This is a picture of Doug and the elderly Daisy.