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Henry's Highlights
Wednesday, August 27, 2003

By Henry Hinton
Broadcaster & Owner of Greenville Cable 7

Online media merger marks positive transition


If change is good for us then the East Carolina family has certainly seen some growth opportunities in the past year. I am personally no exception. Thirty years in the radio business came to a close for me earlier this year when I sold my two Greenville stations and now I have taken another step, merging with Danny Whitford’s

It is a move that Danny and I have discussed for two years. We have been friends since the early nineties and I have admired his courage and tenacity since launching Bonesville two years ago. It is simply the best website around for ECU fans. Being involved with the newly merged website along with my work on our Greenville television channel, Cable 7, will keep me involved with ECU sports, a passion I admit has dominated a great deal of my brain and time the last 30 years.

I always viewed in two ways. It was certainly a great promotional tool for our radio properties, but it also gave me a chance to elaborate on a point of view for anyone around the world who might be interested. We never saw it as a separate, standalone entity like Bonesville, so I am excited to be a part of something bigger.

I have been amazed at the amount of response generated over the years. We were the first editorial site dedicated to covering ECU sports. No matter what I wrote it was sure to strike a nerve in some direction with folks in the Pirate Nation.

Most of the time the response I received in my email or on the phone was positive, but, admittedly, there have been a few folks who have taken exception to something I may have written and a few have crossed the line of civility. Maybe the Internet truly is a microcosm of society after all. Or maybe we are all overly passionate about the Pirates.

In a few short weeks, I will be turning 50. I have achieved many of my goals but still have some left out there. It is at this point in life that one tends to review and analyze things. Unfortunately, we also begin to count the number of potential years we have left on this earth. Quality of life begins to be a real issue.

It is for that reason that I have decided to simplify my life and start to focus on some new opportunities. As such, I have made another decision that hopefully will lead me to longer and happier weekends. For the first time in many years, I will be sitting in the stands with my wife this season for Pirate football games in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. For too long, she has had to attend the games with friends, family or alone.

As for the road games, we intend to savor a few of them by enjoying two trips to New York and New Orleans. Otherwise, you can catch me on the golf course or taking advantage of some great fall fishing, which are two things I tend to crave these days.

I broadcast my first ECU game on the Pirate Sports Radio Network in 1975, believe it or not. Back then, longtime WNCT-TV 9 sports director Jim Woods was the Voice of the Pirates and Pat Dye was the head coach. I have seen a lot of changes and I have been around for the good and the bad years.

I always said when late summer rolls around and the passion does not grip me, it would be time to leave the booth. However, I will continue to appear on the radio during the week and after the home games for our post-game call in show on WCZI 98.3 FM, which will be simulcast (home games only) this year from our Cable 7 studios.

Folks in Greenville and surrounding areas can see Coach John Thompson’s post game press conference and interviews with the players just after the game ends. We will also be fielding calls during the show, as in the past. It will be fun to do it on TV as well as radio this time around.

I will also continue to do the Mid-Week Tailgate Show (Wednesday night’s this season 6:30-7:30) on Cable 7. In fact, the big news is that Steve Logan will sit in and co-host with me as he starts a new broadcasting career.

Logan has already been hired to do color analysis on regional television this fall and this is a great opportunity for him to get some in-studio experience. I would not be surprised to see him doing this for ESPN in future years, so it’s a great opportunity for Cable 7 as well.

So this year, I will be cheering from the stands, showing up on local television and radio from time to time and offering my observations on the same website where Danny and his writers live.

It will be a great marriage. The timing could not be better. Hope to see you in the stands.

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