Gary Bryant, Vice-President & General Manager
Gary has a quarter century of experience in radio broadcasting. He graduated in 1989 from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Immediately after graduation, he went to work selling radio advertising for a local station, WMTY, owned at the time by legendary South Carolina broadcaster, the late Wally Mullinax. When Mullinax sold WMTY, Gary joined WRIX, WRIX-FM and WANS in Anderson County, SC.
Unlike most career broadcasters who worked their way up from programming into sales, then management, Gary has focused his entire broadcasting career in advertising sales assisting local businesses develop a larger customer base. “My philosophy on radio is that I’m not in this business to sell you commercials, I’m in this business to help you sell something” says Bryant. He handles the majority of the advertising sales for WSGC and notes he’s probably the only person driving around Elbert County with a University of South Carolina Gamecock tag on the front of his vehicle, a fact we may want to keep quiet in Georgia Bulldog country!
Gary and his wife are the proud parents of three children and consider the three pillars of their life: family, church and work.
David has been employed by Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting for six years. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina on January 17th, 1990 he takes the helm as news director at the ripe age of 22. David graduated from the Elbert County Comprehensive High School in 2008, and studied at Athens Technical College for two years.
David has had his hand in just about every aspect of WSGC, from calling basketball games, ad production, being the board operator for Elbert County Football, and even filling in on WSGC’s Morning Show.
David Thompson, Operations Manager
Originally from Anderson, South Carolina, David Keith Thompson moved to Colbert in 2000 and Colbert has never been the same!
A graduate of Elbert County High School, David attended Athens Technical College in Elberton and Athens for two years before joining the WSGC Staff in 2011. Originally hired part-time, he became WSGC’s Operations Manager/Morning Host in August 2012. ”I’m surrounded by an incredible team that has always given me words of encouragement and the occasional constructive criticism. They push me to strive for excellence in the field of radio and mass communications, “says Thompson who also does color commentary for Elbert County Blue Devil Basketball. “I enjoy watching and playing most sports. However, my passion lies in music and film,” says the occasional band performer. “As one that loves and appreciates music, I believe that I bring a different vibe to being a DJ compared to what I normally hear. I understand the struggles of ‘Chasing that Neon Rainbow.’
It’s easy to conclude that David Thompson enjoys the special relationship the Granite Country area has long had with WSGC Radio and its locally produced morning show. “When people ask me what it is that I love about my job, my answer remains the same: it’s consistently inconsistent. It keeps me on my toes. I’ve seen where my passion for creativity can be utilized and applied.”
Hear David Thompson weekday mornings from 6 am til 9 am on 105.3 WSGC-FM.
Susie Larson, Office Manager
Susie recently joined the WSGC team as the Office Manager. Born in St Paul, MN she enlisted in the United States Navy upon High School Graduation and remained in until her retirement in 2007. Her military background includes working in the medical field, middle management and teaching. Before joining the station team she was employed part time by Global Maritime and Transportation School based in Long Island, NY until its closure in July 2012.
She moved to Elberton with her 2 younger children, Jerome (14) and Jesse (13) in 2007. She has two older daughters and 4 grandchildren living in southern Ga and Jacksonville. Fl.
Susie enjoys arts and crafts and baking with her youngest daughter. She is an active member of the Elberton American Legion Post 14 and the Elberton Elks 1100.
John, the host of the Gospel Hymn Book heard on WSGC Sunday nights, is the longest active staff member in the WSGC family. John went to work under the ownership of Lewis Shurbutt in 1974.
John’s show originally started on WSGC a year after the FM signal debuted. In 2002, the Gospel Hymn Book was moved to WLVX, where it gained increased listenership among listeners in Wilkes County and into Abbeville County, SC. The Gospel Hymn Book is now back on 105.3 WSGC on Sunday evenings.
John served many years as a deputy and police officer, and retired from the City of Elberton in 2004 after 38 years of service. In 2006, after having survived the world of law enforcement, John ventured into an even more dangerous career – politics! In 2006, he was elected to the Elbert County Board of Commissioners.
John is now involved in many charities and community service projects. He has been a Rotarian since 2002 and attends New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Oglethorpe County where he is a deacon.
Carmen Flores, a recent graduate of Elbert County Comprehensive High School. Joined the team recently and is helping us as a news assistant. She is a full time college student at Athens Technical College with the hope of majoring as a Special Education teacher.
Carmen is very involved with the Friends Helping Friends club at the High School. Even after she graduated she will still be helping out with trips and other activities for students with special needs.
She is a member of First Baptist Church the Hispanic Mission where she is very involved helping doing secretarial type work as well as helping as much as she can with the youth and their activities.