SEVIERVILLE - Charlie Walter will join veteran broadcaster Mick Gillispie as Broadcast Assistant for the upcoming 2017 season. Walter, an Ohio University graduate, will contribute to Media Relations and Smokies broadcasts. Following graduation, Walter began his broadcasting career in Dothan, Alabama, where he covered Southeast Alabama as a bureau reporter for WSFA 12 News.
After eight months near the Florida border, Walter moved up to Montgomery to expand his role for WSFA as a Sports Anchor and Multimedia Journalist. It was in Montgomery where Charlie found his passion for baseball play-by-play, joining Biscuits voice Chris Adams-Wall in the booth during Walter's off days.
"It only took calling a half inning to know this was my passion and what I wanted to pursue," said Walter. "Learning from Mick will really help me grow quickly, as he will demand a lot outside of what goes on in the broadcast booth. I also believe the skill set I picked up in local news can translate over and contribute to the growth of our television show."
Walter will bring his producing and on-air experience to the Smokies television show "Bear Trax", and will also join veteran Mick Gillispie in the broadcast booth. Walter has experience on the radio dating back to high school, where he was voice of the Moeller Crusaders Basketball team, a powerhouse in Cincinnati that helped produce the likes of Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr.
Walter also called Southeastern Ohio High School sporting events during his time at Ohio University. Following graduation Walter was ranked the #8 collegiate sportscaster in the country by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. "We are excited to add to Charlie's television background," added Smokies Broadcaster Mick Gillispie. "He brings a great amount of enthusiasm to the broadcast, which goes a long way in this industry."
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