Meet the Staff

Gary-Bryant-Croped-173x250Gary Bryant, Vice-President & General Manager

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.

 

Ann Wilson Anderson – Sales Representative

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

Kris has been heard on the airwaves of the Golden Corner since the Fall of 1994, when he got his first paying job at 96.3 WGOG, as a part-timer recording the day’s weather forecasts. In 2001, Kris began hosting WGOG’s morning show, following in the footsteps of his mentor, George Allgood.

Kris hosted The Golden Corner’s Morning Show until 2006, when he left to work in public education, while continuing to work at WGOG on a part-time basis. Kris returned to the morning show full-time in the Spring of 2010. He also hosts The Broadcaster’s Almanac, a popular daily pop culture segment, Little Known Legends of Sports, and the long-running Flea Market. An avid sports fan, Kris can be heard Friday nights in the fall as the Studio Halftime Host and Scoreboard Show co-host, part of the WGOG High School Football Game of the Week. He also serves as studio producer for game-day broadcasts on the Furman/IMG Sports Network.

 

kessler-brandonBrandon 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.

Debbie Hardy Lyles – Office Manager

Debbie is the daughter of Ralph Hardy and the late Margaret Hardy and is a lifelong resident of Westminster.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jerry Lyles. Jerry is a former teacher at Westminster Middle School and has been pastor of Welcome Baptist Church in Westminster for almost twenty years. They have two sons, Rob and David.

Debbie is proud of having been a stay-at-home wife and mom and of home schooling her children until their middle school years. Her sons, Rob and David, have both worked on-air at WGOG as part-timers.

 

Dick Mangrum – News Director

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.

WGOG CroppedTom Rusk – Host, “Golden Corner Gospel”

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/Billing

graduation 2014

Doug Stephens began working for WGOG on January 22, 1992.  Doug is the son of Marvin Lee Stephens  and the late Betty Lou Watson Stephens of Westminster.  He holds degrees in Broadcasting, Computer Programming, Electronics Engineering,  and Accounting.

Doug is an ardent animal lover.  On July 19, 2013, he adopted “Daisy” an elderly female Pomeranian who was tossed into the Seneca Wal-Mart parking lot. She has become a focal point of Doug’s life.

Doug is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Franklin University with Bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Forensic Accounting. Doug is currently working on a Master’s in Business Administration at Southern Wesleyan University. Once he finishes his MBA he plans to enroll in the MAT at Clemson University.  Ultimately his goal is to teach both at the High School and College level.  He loves math and hopes to teach math in the future.  As well as Accounting (at the college level).

The picture of Doug was taken before graduation prior to pronouncement of Summa Cum Laude during the commencement ceremony, May 11, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 

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Calendar

  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 8:00 amBenefit for Charles Powell
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
  • November 30, 2014Westminster United Methodist Church's Christmas Congregational Singing
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