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. Thurman Munson getting Gold Glove Award in 1976
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
William Qualkinbush producer of The Mickey Plyler Show
William Qualkinbush is a relatively new fixture on WCCP as a young, energetic producer and host. William made his on-air debut on WCCP after his grandfather won an hour of airtime for him at an auction in 2006, when he was just a junior in high school. It was a good investment, as he has filled a variety of roles at the station since his arrival.
He became a part of the WCCP staff in June 2011 as the producer and co-host of The Mickey Plyler Show, which airs weekdays from 6-9 AM, and the host of Qualk Talk, a Saturday morning show that airs from 10 AM-12 PM. He came to WCCP after a stint hosting and producing a sports program on WSBF, Clemson University’s on-campus radio station. During his stint there, from February 2009 until May 2011, his was the only sports show on a predominantly alternative music platform.
In addition to his work in radio, William has worked in a number of different sports-related fields due to his connections at Clemson. He spent six years as a student assistant, then a graduate assistant, in the Clemson University Sports Information Department. He has also spent five years as a freelance writer, most frequently for the Daily Journal in Seneca and IPTAY Media, covering everything from youth and high school sports to the College World Series. Early in his college career, William was a contributor for Bleacher Report, a national sports blog.
William is also the public address announcer for the Clemson Tiger baseball team, and he has done PA work for a number of other sports at Clemson over the years, including volleyball, women’s basketball, track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis. He has also worked as the public address announcer for Daniel High School football, boys and girls basketball, and softball. In addition, he is the play-by-play voice for the Carolina Chaos of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, an MLB-sanctioned wooden bat league for collegiate players.
William has deep roots within the Clemson community as a lifetime native of the upstate whose parents are avid Clemson supporters and IPTAY donors who made sure he attended every home football game as a youth. His mother, Lee Ann, is a math teacher at D.W. Daniel High School in nearby Central, SC, and his father, Tony, is a minister at Central First Baptist Church. He also has three younger siblings: Benjamin, Anna, and Elizabeth.
William has followed in his mother’s footsteps by earning both a Bachelor’s degree (December 2010) and a Master’s degree (May 2013) from Clemson University. Follow him on Twitter at @QualkTalk.