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Wes James


Wes is starting his 15thyear as “The Voice of the Vikings”. Wes joined the Vikings as the football play-by-play man in 2002, the same year that brought Coach McPherson to Lowndes High School. Wes played high school football in Wilmington North Carolina for the New Hanover High “Wildcats,” ironically their cross town rivals were the John T. Hoggard “Vikings”. Wes has spent many years officiating baseball, softball, basketball and football all on the high school level and baseball at the college level. Wes moved to Lowndes County in 1997. Wes also spent 12 seasons as part of the Valdosta State Blazers Radio Football Broadcast Team. During the 2007 football season Wes became the only broadcaster in Georgia to announce a College National Championship AND a High School State Championship game on the SAME day! That day was Dec. 15, 2007 as Valdosta State won the Division II National Championship in Florence, AL. and the Lowndes High Vikings won their 5th State Championship at Martin Stadium! Wes was able to call the entire game in Florence, AL then boarded a private plane and arrived in Valdosta in time to call the first play of the game of the Lowndes State Championship game later that same evening. In addition to Lowndes and Valdosta State University sports, Wes began broadcasting professional football in 2011 with the semi-pro team Georgia Firebirds. Keep up with Wes at www.thevikingvoice.com.


Bill Osborne


This is Bill’s 12th year as the “color” commentator for the Viking Football Radio Broadcast Team. In 2007 Bill and Wes formed “The Viking Voice” to do radio broadcasts of the Viking Basketball and Baseball teams. Bill is a 1981 Graduate of Tift County High School where he played football for the late Gene Brodie, ran track, and was on the swim team early in high school. A resident of Lowndes County since 1993, he is currently employed as a Branch Manager for Ameris Bank in Valdosta. A long time supporter of Viking Football, Bill started assisting the Public Address Announcer in the press box during home games in 2002 when daughter, Cassie was a Viking Cheer Leader. Cassie is a graduate of Valdosta Technical College and now is married and works in the Optometry field. Bill has also served as the PA announcer for the JV and 9th grade Viking Football games. In 2009 while broadcasting Lowndes Baseball Bill began serving as the "webmaster" for the official Lowndes High Baseball web site, www.lowndesbaseball.net. In 2012 Bill added www.lowndessoccer.com to the Lowndes list of sports web sites. Bill is married to his high school sweetheart Cindy, an Academic Coach at Hahira Middle School who also is the tennis coach at Hahira Middle School. Son Chip was the starting Long-Snapper for the Vikings football team in 2006 & 2007 having won 3 state Championships in his 4 years as a Lowndes Viking. Chip is married and working in Valdosta. Bill has another daughter, Michaela who is now a junior at Lowndes High and plays tuba with the Georgia Bridgemen. Bill and Cindy are also proud grandparents of a 10 year old grandson, Camden. Keep up with Bill at www.thevikingvoice.com.


Marty Rodgers

Marty joined The Viking Voice during the 2008 Viking Football Season as a side-line "analyst" and is a co-host of the Lowndes High Coaches Show each week on Tuesday nights during the football season. Marty is from Valdosta and a 1996 graduate of Lowndes High where he lettered in both football and baseball. Marty graduated from Valdosta State University in 2000 with a degree in business management and is now employed in the insurance field with Georgia Farm Bureau. Marty is named after the late A. B. (Sonny) Martin who gave Marty's mother, former Lowndes High principal, Ann Rodgers her first job teaching in Lowndes County. Marty will continue as side-line reporter in 2014 as well as assist with the Tuesday night Lowndes High Coaches Show. Marty also assists as football PA for Lowndes Middle School. Marty is married to the former Nikki Mitchell, a 2005 Lowndes High graduate and 2004 Lowndes High Cheerleading Captain. Marty and Nikki are proud parents of two boys. Follow Marty at www.thevikingvoice.com.




Steven Sainz

Steve began as the Viking football PA announcer in 2005. In 2008 Steve added Lowndes Baseball PA announcer to his resume as well. For the past 5 years Steve has been working with The Viking Voice doing Basketball play-by-play streamed online at www.thevikingvoice.com during the varsity basketball season. In Steve's "real" life he is a commercial lender for Southeastern Federal Credit Union in Valdosta. Steve is married to Lowndes Middle School teacher, Melanie Sainz. Steve has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Follow Steve at www.thevikingvoice.com.









Taylor Biddle


Taylor begins his 7thyear with The Viking Voice as a game day spotter. His responsibilities include providing current offensive drive information during the games, tackles, updated scores from around the area, as well as assisting with the correct player recognition on each play. Taylor also adds additional commentary during the game broadcasts as well as a co-host on the Tuesday night coaches show throughout the football season. Taylor has also served as the PA for Lowndes Basketball. During the 2015 season Taylor did play by play for the first video stream of Lowndes Football. Taylor is originally from Marietta, GA and a 2005 graduate of Valdosta State University. Taylor is employed as a commercial loan officer at Commercial Banking Co. He is married to the former Kirby Ingram a 2003 Lowndes High graduate. Taylor and Kirby have two sons, Tatan and Rollins. Follow Taylor at www.thevikingvoice.com



Chuck Lawrence


Chuck begins his 5th year with thevikingvoice as a spotter. Chuck also assists with basketball and the weekly coaches show. In 2016 Chuck began working on the baseball broadcasts as color. Chuck is originally from Snellville, GA where he played football at South Gwinnett High School. Chuck moved to Valdosta and attended Valdosta State College and was member of Delta Chi Fraternity. Chuck comes from a football family. His father, Bubba Lawrence was a 4-year starter at UGA (1958-1961) and a member of “Wally’s Boys”. He later went on to coach football and later into administration. Chuck is self employed in landscape management in Valdosta.





Taylor Stubbs


Taylor begins his 5th  year with thevikingvoice as a spotter and handles the computer input for LIVE In Game Stats. Taylor is a 2011 graduate of Lowndes high School where he lettered in Baseball. Taylor graduated Valdosta State university in December of 2015 and is working in education. In 2016 he worked as coach of the Hahira Middle School girls soccer.








Joe Stubbs


Joe has been the Pressbox Manager for Lowndes football a number of years. He is also a long time math teacher at Lowndes High. During the 2015-16 basketball season Joe began working with Steve Sainz on Lowndes Basketball live streaming on www.thevikingvoice.com.




Larry Godwin



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