WPDE’s Chrampanis leaving to pursue personal venture

RichGrand Strand Sports Report has learned that longtime WPDE sports director Rich Chrampanis is leaving the Grand Strand. Chrampanis has been the sports director at WPDE-TV since 2000.

After an ad was placed online for a sports director position, Grand Strand Sports Report worked in conjunction with The Press Box Radio show in Florence, SC to discover that Chrampanis will be returning to his roots in the Connecticut/New York area to pursue a local sports coverage business there. Chrampanis lists his hometown as Middletown, NJ.

Chrampanis will remain along the Grand Strand for a period of time to work with his replacement and ensure that local sports are covered to the level that viewers have come to enjoy.

Mark Haggard will continue in his current position as anchor/reporter with WPDE.

A 1992 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Chrampanis began his television career at WCBS-TV as a full time producer in the #1 market. After stints as sports director in Kirksville, Missouri and Bangor, Maine, Chrampanis arrived at WPDE in February of 2000.

While in Maine, Chrampanis co-authored the book Return to Glory based on the University of Maine’s 1999 national championship in men’s ice hockey and hosted Maine Hockey Monthly, which won a state AP first place award for best sports program.

Photo Courtesy of WPDE

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