‘The Bad Boy’ a welcome voice to local sports scene

col-tbuzznewLongtime Grand Strand sports fans will hear a familiar voice on the local air waves starting this week, but those unfamiliar with Allen “The Bad Boy” Smothers can expect a little extra spice with their morning coffee.

The veteran radio talk-show host, play-by-play announcer and outspoken lightning rod takes over the morning show at The Team 100.3 FM in Myrtle Beach starting Monday, bringing a welcome local voice to a time slot that has been dominated by Scott Van Pelt wannabes.

I’ve often wondered, usually while listening to local anchors break down the World Series, why a Grand Strand station would choose to regurgitate the same topics covered by the national broadcasters instead of dedicating more air space to local happenings. If I want to hear someone sound off on the NBA, NFL, NHL (or any “N” initial that stands for “National”), I’ll listen to the pros who actually cover it on a daily basis.

But if I am listening to a local station, I want local content. That’s why the arrival of Smothers is such a refreshing breath of air (albeit it sometimes hot air) on the local air waves. He has been a fixture on the Grand Strand sports scene for more than three decades through Socastee High athletics, AAU basketball, and the Beach Ball Classic, just to name a few. His show is sure to have a better balance between local, regional and national, as well as high school, college and pro.

In the name of full disclosure, I must admit that the Bad Boy and I had our own radio show in Myrtle Beach back in the day (“T-Buzz and The Bad Boy”, 2003-04). Hosted weekly at the old Shamrocks, we (well, mostly him) sounded off on issues ranging from local sports to a surprise live call-in from controversial figure Jose Canseco. The show was short-lived, but not due to a lack of entertainment.

Smothers is an award-winning broadcaster who never met a microphone he didn’t like. It was tough sometimes to get a word in edge-wise, but his off-the-wall comments left me plenty of wise-ass softballs to knock out of the park. And time has not softened his gift for gab or his ability to tackle tough subjects. If he has an opinion (and he usually does), you will know it.

However, there are a few things you might want to know before you tune in: If you are a North Carolina Tar Heels fan, you will probably hate his show. He is an unapologetic North Carolina State fan (that’s another school just down the road from Chapel Hill) and he doesn’t pull any punches on the “Cheaters” or their “bandwagon” fan base. His words, not mine.

In fact, if you prefer your morning sports show like a slow IV drip instead of a 7 a.m. punch in the face, The Bad Boy might not be your cup of coffee. But if you like hard-hitting, straight-forward, and most of all, LOCAL sports talk, you’ve dialed up the right guy. Love him or hate him, the local sports radio scene will not be the same.

Best of luck, Bad Boy! I’ll be listening and laughing.

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