Mickey Plyler knew at a very early age what he wanted to do.
His love of sports began at his earliest memory. A childhood of baseball cards and sports games prepared him for his current job which he calls “the love of his life”.
His first job in the sports industry was a student assistant in the sports information office at Clemson University. There he learned from two Clemson legends, Bob Bradley and Tim Bourrett.
Plyler also credits future major league baseball general manager Dave Littlefield for being a major influence in his life.
After Clemson, the fourth major influence came when John Farrell, the head golf professional at Harbor Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, SC gave him his first chance in the golf industry.
After three great years in Hilton Head, Plyler moved back to his hometown of Irmo to start his own company, Plyler’s Football Recruiting Service. Three years later, he teamed with national radio analyst, Bill King to form the nation’s first monthly football recruiting magazine, South Eastern Recruiting Alliance.
The magazine was featured in newsstands across the southeast, but it was the promotion of the magazine that lead Plyler to his current job at WCCP. Plyler was promoting the magazine on radio stations across the southeast and his popular segment lead to his own show at WCCP in November of 1998. While at WCCP, Plyler has hosted radio shows in every time slot. He has also done color and play-by-play for college and high school football and baseball. He has also hosted post-game and pre-game shows for Clemson football and basketball.
His morning show favors ACC and SEC football, but topics surrounding all of sports are always fair game.
Plyler loves Clemson sports and the New York Yankees, but the true of his life is supporting The Ryan Harless Foundation. In 2012, he helped form a foundation that centers on helping Ryan Harless in his recovery of his 2008 automobile accident while also supporting local charities and their endeavors.
Favorite Pro Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Stadium Visited: Old Yankee Stadium
Favorite Sports Quote: “You aren’t talented enough to win on talent alone.” Herb Brooks 1980 US Olympic Hockey Coach
Most Memorable Moment in Sports: 1. 1980 USA-USSR Hockey 2. Ali-Frazier I 3. Usain Bolt’s World Record 100 m
Most Memorable Sports Moment in Person: 1. Jacoby Ford Breaking ACC Indoor 60 M record 2. Every time I go to the Masters 3. Earnhardt Winning in NASCAR
Greatest Sports Achievement: Birdied the first two holes at Augusta National Favorite Food: Blue Bell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Favorite Band: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Thomas Black (Mickey Plyler Show producer)
Thomas “The Professor” Black joined the WCCP team in May of 2012 and is the producer of The Mickey Plyler Show. Thomas moved to Clemson right out of college after attending North Greenville University. At NGU, he graduated with a BA in Mass Communication.
Thomas went to North Greenville with a plan to gain experience in sports broadcasting. While studying at NGU, Thomas began broadcasting Crusader Athletics. He spent a lot of time in play-by-play and color commentating roles in radio and online video stream for NGU football, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball. Thomas also got involved in sports talk radio for the very first time while in college. Thomas both co-hosted and hosted sports talk radio shows on NGU’s 95.5 FM broadcasted on and around the NGU campus.
From his early childhood, Thomas has always loved sports. Having lived in states (KY, NC, SC) with either no or little professional team exposure, Thomas has always enjoyed following collegiate athletics more than professional athletics.