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Wes James

Wes is starting his 16thyear 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

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

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 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

Chuck Lawrence

Chuck begins his 6th 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.

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