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First News with Tony McIntosh

Tony joined the Rome and WRGA radio community in 1984 right out of college. After a brief cup of coffee at WSLQ in Roanoke, Virginia, Tony made a move to WRGA and the morning show in June 1984.  He’s a Georgia native and began his radio career at WIAF in Clarksville while attending Piedmont College, where he attended on a Basketball Grant-in-aid for two years. Piedmont was in the same conference as Berry and Shorter in those days, and he remembers some pretty wild games in Ford gym at Berry and against Shorter in the early 1980s.  After a Spring workout injury in 1981, Tony traded his sneakers for headphones and transferred to Brenau College’s,(University) School of Professional Studies and entered the Journalism degree program and minored in Business Administration. While in school he worked as the College Radio station manager and part-time at WLBA then WDUN/WWLT until graduation. There is a lot of moving around in radio, especially in the early years.  Some of the stations in the 1980’s Tony worked on were. WZGC, WPCH, and WYAY in Atlanta. In 1987 Tony came back to Rome.  Meet his wife, Ann Marie. They have sons, AJ and Alex and they graduated from Coosa High school. AJ is a local banker and he and his wife Meagen, have two son’s Eli and Colton. Alex is a Senior Sports Management Major at the University of West Georgia.  

Tony was very involved in his boys activates as a coach, Scout Master, and just Dad.  Both Son’s are Eagle Scout’s, and that was pretty proud Dad moment.  Tony has served the community from the days of the “World’s Largest Bed Race” events to “Coosa River Christmas’ days to PTO President, Cave Spring City Council Member for 11 years, Chairman of the Human rights committee at Northwest Regional Hospital from 1993 to 1997, Various District office for the Boy Scouts of America, BSA Leader Trainer and Youth Football, Basketball and T-ball coach.  Tony was part of the Blizzard of 93 crew when Rome got blessed with over 23 inches of snow during the Big One in 1993. Tony along with several dedicated announcers and news crew spent four to five days on the air around the clock on WRGA and WQTU acting as the emergency dispatch and talking to listeners, that still had phone service, informing them about conditions and working as a dispatch center during a time of crisis.  An experience never to be forgotten. 

 He has held many positions in the broadcast business, not just as on-air but as an Operations Manager, Director of Sales, General Sale Manager, Account Executive, Traffic Director, Sports Director, and has even unclogged the break room sink while wearing a suit and tie. Tony makes himself available to speak to civic groups, college, and high school classes, various organizations and any group about communications, marketing, and the radio business. He’s a two-time award winner. 1997 he won an Award of Merit for “Best Morning Show” on WQTU and in 2017 Tony and the WRGA Berry broadcast crew won “The GABBY” for Best Radio Play-by-Play.  If you attended a Rome Braves baseball game between 2011 and 2018, you heard his voice over the public address system for eight seasons. In addition to hosting “First News,” Tony is a Senior Advertising Account Manager and is the football play-by-play voice of the Berry Vikings.  Tony has a BA in Broadcast Journalism, Brenau University and will receive his Masters of Business Administration from the Campbell School of Business, Berry College in May 2020. In his spare time……His spare time is his family time!  

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