Two-time North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year David Jackson enters his 16th season as the play-by-play “Voice of the Mountaineers.” A 2000 Appalachian State alumnus, Jackson has been involved with Mountaineer athletics since 1996.
Jackson began with the Appalachian Sports Network as a senior intern while an undergraduate student at Appalachian, filling the roles of football sideline reporter and men’s basketball color analyst and chief statistician during his time as a student intern. Jackson took over the play-by-play reins in February 2000 and followed the men’s basketball team to an NCAA Tournament appearance. Upon his graduation from Appalachian State in 2000, he was named full-time director of external operations. He was promoted to associate athletics director for broadcast operations in December 2004.
Born in Carbondale, Ill. and raised in Greensboro, N.C., Jackson also worked as a student assistant in the Appalachian State sports information office from 1996-2000 and spent the summer of 1999 as a broadcast communications intern with the Winston-Salem Warthogs, Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
In addition to his football, men’s basketball and baseball play-by-play duties for the Appalachian IMG Sports Network, Jackson, 37, hosts The Sports Brunch on Sundays from 7-9 a.m. on ESPN 730 AM in Charlotte and is an occasional guest host for the David Glenn Show, a sports talk radio show that airs on daily on stations across North Carolina. He previously served as the play-by-play voice of the Southern Conference men’s basketball and baseball championships for the Southern Conference Sports Network.
Jackson’s peers in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) have tabbed him as the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year in 2007 and 2012. In 2010, Jackson was appointed to the NSSA’s National Board of Directors, joining prominent media personalities such as Chris Berman, Marty Brennaman, Keith Jackson, Jim Nantz, Rick Reilly, Bob Ryan and George Vecsey during his five-year stint on the prestigious panel.
Jackson resides in Boone with his wife, Leila, and daughters, Maren and Louisa.
Former Appalachian State and NFL star Daniel Wilcox joins the Appalachian IMG Sports Network in 2015 as color analyst. Wilcox was a wide receiver at Appalachian State in 1999-2000 and caught 66 passes for 1,028 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons as a Mountaineer, including 46 receptions for 740 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, when he helped lead Appalachian to the NCAA Division I-AA national semifinals.
Despite not being drafted, Wilcox went on to spend eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets (2001-02), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2004-09). He also played for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2004. He was a member of Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl championship squad in 2002 but enjoyed his greatest individual success in Baltimore, where he caught 76 passes for 595 yards and eight touchdowns over five seasons.
While with the Ravens, Wilcox became a regular and highly sought-after guest on the sports talk radio circuit, highlighted by a weekly segment on the popular Mark Viviano and the Bulldog show on CBS Radio 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore in 2010.
Wilcox returned to Appalachian State following his retirement from the NFL and finished coursework for a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2011. As part of his studies, he immersed himself in several areas around the athletics department, most notably as a student assistant on head coach Jerry Moore’s staff, working closely with the squad’s wide receivers. He also hosted a weekly video segment for the Appalachian IMG Sports Network (Inside The Locker Room) and maintained an online blog for the department’s sports information office.
Wilcox lives in Atlanta, where he works as a personal trainer and volunteer high-school football coach. He has a wife, Shauna, and two sons, Tristan and Julian. Wilcox will be inducted to the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 5, 2015.
Patrolling the sidelines for the Appalachian IMG Sports Network is broadcasting veteran Randy Jackson, who returns for his 10th season with the broadcast crew. A television personality in North Carolina’s Triad market for more than 20 years, Jackson made his return to collegiate athletics in 2006. He possesses a strong knowledge of college athletics, having served as the radio voice of Southern Illinois University athletics in the 1970s and in various capacities for Appalachian State broadcasts over the course of the past decade-plus. Jackson resides in Greensboro where he is a licensed continuing education instructor for the North Carolina Department of Insurance. He regularly teaches classes on a wide variety of weather-related topics and their effects on the insurance industry.
Lanny Ford returns to the Appalachian IMG Sports Network football crew in 2015 as a pregame and postgame host. Ford is the general manager of Appalachian IMG Sports Network affiliate ESPN 730 AM in Charlotte. In addition to providing in-game analysis, he also hosts a live, on-site pregame show on ESPN 730 prior to the beginning of the Appalachian IMG Sports Network’s coverage of every Appalachian State football game. A 19-year sports radio veteran, Ford played football at Clemson before earning a bachelor’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne and a master’s from Appalachian State. He and his wife, Kim, reside in Lincolnton, N.C.
Molly Cotten is in her second season as the Carolina Ford Dealers Scoreboard host for Appalachian IMG Sports Network football broadcasts. A senior at Appalachian State, Cotten has served a variety of roles in four years with the Appalachian IMG Sports Network, including as the play-by-play announcer for Mountaineer women’s basketball, volleyball and softball and as a pre-, post- and in-game producer for Appalachian State football, men’s basketball and baseball broadcasts. After graduating from Appalachian State in May, she joined the staff at ESPN 730 AM in Charlotte, an Appalachian IMG Sports Network affiliate. The Mooresville, N.C. native graduated from Lake Norman High School in 2011.
Steve Zushin is in his third season as the Appalachian IMG Sports Network’s on-site engineer. An Akron, Ohio native, Zushin studied at the University of Akron and Ohio Center for Broadcasting and has worked for more than a decade on both sides of the mic. In addition to his work with the Mountaineers, Zushin is a member of the popular morning show, “The Moo Krew with Crockett and Z” on Kicks 103.3 FM in Lenoir. He also serves as assistant program director for the Foothills Radio Group. He and his wife, Kellie, reside in Granite Falls with their daughter, Alice.
Legendary Mountaineer quarterback Steve Brown remains a member of the Appalachian IMG Sports Network crew and will participate in a variety of special segments throughout the 2015 season. Brown served two stints as the color commentator for Appalachian State football radio broadcasts from 1992-97 and 2004-14.
A 1982 Appalachian graduate, Brown was a two-time all-Southern Conference honoree. Prior to the record-setting careers of Richie Williams, Armanti Edwards, DeAndre Presley and Jamal Londry-Jackson, Brown held the vast majority of Appalachian State’s passing and total-offense records. He was inducted to the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990. Employed as a Territory Sales Representative for ASC Volvo Construction Equipment in Arden, N.C., Brown resides in Weaverville, N.C. with his wife, Teresa, and has two children: Christopher and Hannah, a senior at UNC Wilmington.