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.
Gary Butts – Sales/Operations
Gary has more than thirty years of experience in radio broadcasting. He graduated from Tri-County Technical College in 1983 with an Associates Degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting. Immediately after graduation, he went to work at WBLW in Royston, GA as an on-air personality. After short-term stops in several other jobs, and part-time stints at WZLI in Toccoa, GA and WBFM in Seneca, SC, Gary landed at WGOG in 1991 working on-air shifts in the afternoons as well as late nights. He soon became Sports Director at WGOG and co-hosted the morning show with long-time personality and friend, George Allgood. Gary eventually ventured into selling radio advertising for WGOG, and later became the station’s sales manager. In 2000 Gary left WGOG to become station manager at WBCU in Union, SC. After a little more than a year in Union, he returned to WGOG as station manager under the umbrella of Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting Company. In September of 2013, Gary left WGOG to become an account rep for Blue Mountain of Seneca. Gary returned to WGOG in June, 2016 to help with advertising and operations.
Gary is a native of Westminster, SC and married the former Juliana England of Walhalla in 1997. They are the proud parents of two sons, Aaron and Aidan. They have been residents of Toccoa, GA since 2001. Gary has served on numerous boards and committees over the years and currently serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Toccoa, is a member of the Seneca Rotary Club, and the Stephens County Athletic Booster Club.
Kris Butts – Operations Manager/Morning Drive Host
In his 22nd year on the airwaves of 101.7 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 1998 graduate of West-Oak High School, also hosts the long-running Flea Market, and the lunch-hour Classic Country Cafe.
Kris, a long-time member of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club, is married to the former Jessie Ann Bryant of Salem, SC. Kris and Jessie live in Westminster. They attend Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Walhalla.
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.