Banks back on the air with local sports

mharrison@fortmilltimes.comSeptember 20, 2013 

Mac Banks

— Move over, “Mac Attack.”

Mac Banks is back on the air.

To be fair, Banks, a Fort Mill area icon when it comes to local sports coverage, isn’t looking to compete with the WFNZ morning sports talk crew. But he is counting on listeners hungry for area high school football news to tune in to his new Friday show on WFBK, 91.5 FM.

The High School Football Roundup, which debuted earlier this month as a Saturday morning show, was soon re-packaged for Friday nights from 11 to 11:30 p.m. and then re-broadcast at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Covering the York, Lancaster and Chester tri-county area, the show is actually hosted by WRBK 90.3 and simulcast on lower-watt WFBK, which has a signal that doesn’t reach far out of Fort Mill.

Banks, a graduate of Fort Mill High School and Winthrop University who was a longtime reporter and then sports editor for the Fort Mill Times, went on to cover major college and professional sports for the Aiken Standard. Since coming back to Fort Mill he’s become the main sports correspondent for the Times and a regular correspondent for the Times’ sister daily, The Herald, based in Rock Hill.

The High School Football Roundup includes an interview with local players and coaches that Banks produces during the week and a re-cap of the Friday night games. WFBK Operations Manager and on-air personality Jack Anthony initially just pushed the buttons and got out of the way, but now he’s part of the show.

“I do all the scores and Mac is usually on the way back from covering a game and he calls in and gives me the scoop,” Anthony said.

The half-hour ends with a rundown for the next Friday’s slate of games.

No stranger to radio himself, Banks did a weekly spot on Rock Hill-based WRHI for several years, going over the sports headlines in the Fort Mill Times and discussing upcoming games with host Steven Stone had in mind. It’s been a while since he’s been on the air, but Banks says he feels like he’s getting radio his chops back.

“There’s a little bit of rust at first just for the fact that I haven’t done it in a while, but it was easier to get in the swing of things after we changed the format of the show,” he said.

“Initially I was the only voice but now there’s more banter back and forth between myself and Jack Anthony. Hopefully people will like it.”

“So far, so good,” Anthony said.

Banks said he relies on social media and shoe leather to stay on top of the sports scene in the spread out tri-county area and hopes to focus on every football team at least once during the season.

“I’m just trying to spread the wealth,” he said.

To learn more about the show or WFBK, including sponsorships, email jack@wfbk.org or go to www.wfbk.org.

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