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By Roger Lee, journalscene.com
Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a new Summerville Journal Scene series focusing on people who are involved with sports, but who are not necessarily athletes. They are the people who typically can be found beyond the boundary lines.
Richie Altman has brought the Green Wave back to the airwaves.
For years Summerville High School fans wanting to follow the Green Wave Football team, but not wanting to get out in the weather or the Friday night crowd, could listen to games on the radio. But after broadcasters such as Bill Hallman and Bo Blanton gave up providing Green Wave coverage and commentary the broadcasts stopped.
Realizing this disappointed some faithful SHS fans, Altman decided to do something about it.
“Summerville wasn’t on the radio and that bothered me,” Altman said. “I became part of the Green Wave family when Coach McKissick was chasing his 600th win so I felt obligated to fix that so I came back and brought my radio show with me.”
Altman first moved to the Lowcountry after college. His passions include sports and broadcasting, so approximately five years ago he and a friend created their own digital broadcasting show, “Southern Sports Central.” He was also part of the WLCN television crew that aired Green Wave Football games back in 2012 when Coach John McKissick notched his 600th coaching win.
After the television station stopped broadcasting football games, Altman moved back to his hometown of Socastee. However, after only nine months he returned to Summerville, where his ex-wife and four kids live.
He began broadcasting SHS athletic games through Southern Sports Central during the football playoffs last year and went on to broadcast basketball and baseball games.