The television, radio and digital broadcasting lineups for the 2019 Metro by T-Mobile Corky Kell Classic are set, and the countdown to kick off on Aug. 22-24 is ready to crank up. Beginning next week, CBS46/Peachtree TV will begin airing features on each of the 18 teams playing in this year’s games. Additionally, team previews, rosters, stories, event history, tickets and information can be found on ScoreATL.com and CorkyKell.com.
As for game day, there will be numerous ways to catch all the action. Entering its first year as the Corky Kell’s television and digital partner, CBS46 and Peachtree TV are televising all nine games on and using PeachtreeTV.com to stream the games digitally, as is ScoreATL.com, CorkyKell.com and the NFHSNetwork.com.
Longtime high school play-by-play announcer Matt Stewart and 247Sports recruiting expert Rusty Mansell will team up to do six of the nine games on television on Peachtree TV/CBS46 while Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathburn and Score Atlanta’s Craig Sager Jr. will handle two of the broadcasts. Stewart and Mansell will open the Classic on Thursday, Aug. 22, at Rome’s Barron Stadium, doing both the Calhoun-Ridgeland and Marietta-Rome showdowns before moving the next night to Coolray Field in Gwinnett County for the meetings between Tucker and Archer, and Milton and Buford. Ella Dorsey will be covering the sidelines in Rome and Aiyana Cristal will be on the sidelines for both of Friday’s contests. Kickoffs for the first two nights will be 5:30 p.m. and all four games will be broadcasted on Peachtree TV.
Then on CBS46 on Saturday, Aug 24, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, radio veteran Bob Houghton and Corky partner Fletcher Proctor will do the 9 a.m. game between Kell and Mays, followed by Rathbun and Sager Jr., who will handle Walton and Norcross while Stewart and Mansell will do the meeting between powerhouses Colquitt County and North Gwinnett. Rathbun and Sager Jr. will be back for the fourth game as the two original Corky Kell teams, Brookwood and McEachern, meet with the games switching back over to Peachtree TV. Stewart and Mansell will handle the nightcap, a battle between East Coweta and Mill Creek. Cristal will be on the sidelines for Saturday’s first two games and then Trason Bragg will handle sideline duties for the final three games of the classic.
On Thursday and Friday nights, Ashley Rose, who handles Halo Board reports for all Atlanta United games at The Benz and is a veteran of Corky telecasts, will host the halftime and between game shows along with Sager Jr. and CBS46 Sports Director Fred Kahlil. Rose will be back on the set Saturday along with Kahlil and former NFL defensive lineman Chuck Smith. Former Braves off-set TV talent Glenn Diamond will produce the games.
As far as the radio broadcasting goes, Rome-based 99.5 the Jock will be calling Thursday’s double-header. Friday’s double-header at Coolray Field will be broadcasted by News-Talk 1380 AM WAOK with Thomas Mott handling play-by-play, Jarvis Davis providing analysis and Sam Crenshaw on the sidelines. On Saturday, 92.9 The Game will broadcast all five games from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Chris Goforth will do the play-by-play for Games 1 and 2 with analyst Randy McMichael and Crenshaw working the sidelines. Paul Crane will provide the play-by-play for Games 3 and 4 with analysts Jarvis Davis (Game 3) and Harper LeBel (Game 4), and Tenitra Batiste on the sidelines. Saturday’s finale will be called by Mike Conti and Harper LeBel with Duane Walker reporting from the sidelines.
There will be a live game tracker on both CorkyKell.com and ScoreATL.com to follow all the play-by-play action and statistics from the games. Also, the Score Atlanta Facebook Page and the @scoreatlanta and @corkykell Twitter accounts will be covering the action live.