South Carolina’s new radio voice isn’t that new.
Derek Scott, who hosted the “Inside the Roost” program on flagship station 107.5 FM and has called Gamecock baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and beach volleyball games since 2007, was selected as the new “Voice of the Gamecocks” on Thursday. Scott will be the primary voice of USC men’s basketball and baseball.
“I think it helped me a lot in terms of, just the people who were in charge who were familiar with me and my work,” Scott said. “When you’ve heard them call games on a regular basis, not just the most dramatic moments but the 15-2 win over a small school on a Wednesday night, that helps them get a total view of you as a broadcaster. The support I received was really, really gratifying.”
He replaces Andy Demetra, who departed on Aug. 8 for the football/men’s basketball radio job at Georgia Tech.
“Andy and I talked when he was contemplating his decision on the Georgia Tech job, and I knew if he took it, I was certainly going to pursue it,” Scott said. “But I also knew a lot of others would, too.”
Scott interviewed a couple of weeks ago, then was brought in for a final interview last week. He met with athletics director Ray Tanner, executive associate AD Charles Bloom and IMG head Liz McMillan, then had interviews with Frank Martin and Chad Holbrook, the coaches he’ll closely work with.
Scott will keep his day job with IMG and work broadcasts around it, something he’s used to after serving as an assistant athletics director and play-by-play man at Ohio University. A graduate of Marshall, Scott broke in with the Thundering Herd’s broadcast team before taking over the Bobcats.
“While searching for the next play-by-play voice for men’s basketball and baseball, we came across many talented individuals,” Tanner said in a statement. “However, during the interview process and after talking with our coaches and staff, Derek emerged as our top candidate. I’m pleased that we can continue to have Derek as part of our Gamecock family.”
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