Radio broadcaster Jerry Richmond calls 500th Trousdale County … – Tennessean

In the 1970s Jerry Richmond could hardly believe The Tennessean was willing to pay him $5 each week to attend Trousdale County High School football games as long as he kept statistics and called them in afterward.
“I got into the game on a press pass and got paid $5 on top of that,” said Richmond, a Hartsville native. “I thought ‘Wow − this is a pretty good gig.'”
The former Trousdale County backup quarterback kept his statistics in the press box seated next to Yellow Jackets’ radio play-by-play broadcaster Johnny Hawkins and the two became fast friends.
“Johnny was in the booth that first night by himself with nobody to help him,” Richmond said. “I started doing some spotting, started doing a little talking, started doing some more talking and that’s how it all started.”
It hasn’t stopped since.
Richmond slid into the play-by-play seat in 1983 to begin what has turned out to be a remarkable career. He reached a landmark last week when Richmond called his 500th Trousdale County football game.
“I had no intention of doing play-by-play,” Richmond said. “After Johnny we’d gone several years with this one doing the play-by-play and I helped, then this one would do the play-by-play and I helped. Then there came a time when there wasn’t anybody else to do it. They said, ‘Cheese (Richmond’s nickname) you’re going to have to do this or we’re not going to have a broadcast.'”
Richmond’s first broadcast was against Portland. He called every Trousdale County game for five years before missing a game to attend a church function in Boston and has since called 451 consecutive games.
Trousdale County has been a state power since the 1970s and calling games for a successful program helped make Richmond, who can be heard on WTNK 93.5-FM and 93.9-FM / 1090-AM, want to stick around,
“Broadcasting a good product really helps,” he said.
Trousdale County has played in nine state championship games and won eight in Richmond’s tenure.
Richmond, the WTNK sports director who also hosts a weekday talk show, estimates he has also called at least 2,000 Trousdale County basketball games.
How much longer will Richmond stay behind the mic?
“As long as I enjoy it, and I do,” he said. “I’ve never been anywhere that I said, ‘Oh I wish I didn’t have to go there tonight.’ So I guess at this point for retirement, I think about it but I’m not planning on it.”
Former Middle Tennessee State basketball standout Reggie Upshaw is returning to the program as coordinator of player development.
Upshaw, who spent the last seven years playing professionally, finished his playing career at MTSU (2013-17) on the Blue Raiders all-time lists in points (fifth, 1,571), rebounds (fourth, 910), field goals made (fifth, 598), steals (fourth, 151), blocks (fifth, 110) and games played (tied for first, 140). He helped lead MTSU to 99 wins and a 52-18 Conference USA record.
“MTSU has always been home for me, so coming back and being able to give back to this program after everything the program has given me is a huge blessing,” Upshaw said. “I look forward to getting to work with coach (Nick) McDevitt and the rest of the staff and the players.”
Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker will get the 2023 Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation Korn Ferry Tour Tournament activities under way Monday when he hosts the Sneds & Friends Pro-Am at The Golf Club of Tennessee.
Some of the celebrities who have committed to play in the Pro-Am include comedian Nate Bargatze, radio personality Bobby Bones, UFC fighter Michael Chandler, Brian Littrel of the Backstreet Boys and country music singers Chris Lane and Drew Holcomb.
The Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation is Sept. 14-17 at The Grove. The field will feature 144 players on the Korn Ferry Tour standings.
Five individuals will be inducted into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame 2023 class.
The 49th class includes former football standouts Bruce Hatfield (1984-87) and Tim Benford (2008-11) along with Tristan Archer (baseball, 2010-13), M. Dianne Murphy (women’s basketball, volleyball, tennis supporter), and Beth Underhill (golf, 2002-06).
After becoming Tech’s fourth all-time leading tackler Hatfield went on to coach at Hendersonville (1998-2017) where he built the Commandos into a state power. He posted a 159-89 record and became the program’s all-time winningest coach. He returned to Tech as linebackers coach in 2018.  
Benford, a wide receiver, is Tech’s career leader in receptions (216) and receiving yardage (3,097 yards).
The class will be inducted during homecoming weekend Nov. 3-4.
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