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John Hatler’s has dabbled into broadcasting for six years helping as a color announcer for the Lions Club Christmas basketball tournaments. He became Paul Tinkle’s color announcer and analyst in the fall of 2013 when Paul’s long time partner Vic DuRall stepped away from the football microphone.
John was born and raised in Red Oak, Texas, where he graduated from Red Oak High School in 1993. He played baseball for two years at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree. John is an avid fan and supporter of UT Martin. John has deep ties to athletics in West Tennessee. He developed his vast network of coaching contacts during his 16 year career with Ken-Tenn Sports, now BSN, from 1995-2011. He left Ken-Tenn in 2011, and now works as an independent insurance agent for Alan Cary and Cary Insurance Services, INC.
John is an active member of the community where he serves in several capacities. He is on the WLJT Board of Directors, Weakley County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Martin FCA Board of Directors and the Commissioner of the Martin Girls Softball League.
John is the son of Rick Hatler of Martin, and Susie Malray Hatler of South Fulton. He married Jody (Brown) Hatler, of Martin, in 2000. Jody teaches science at Dresden Middle School, and they have two beautiful daughters, Cara Brooke and Cambry.
Danny Carr began doing play by play for KYTN in 1990. During that time since he has covered Obion County Central football and basketball every year including covering the Rebels in seven states and several trips to the TSSAA State Tournament. He served as News and Sports Director at the station from 1991-1993. During this time he has served a police officer for the Union City Police officer. He has since become a School Officer with the Hickman County KY school system and also serves as the Junior High girls Basketball Head Coach. He and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Jacob, who is at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and Colton, a senior at Obion County Central. Danny is also the Youth Minister at First Baptist Church in Clinton, Ky.
Mike Rauchle started as a sideline reporter in 1978 working with the late Jim Cawley broadcasting Union City High School and Obion County Central School sports. He is presently the play by play announcer for Union City High School and calls the games with Art Sparks, a well respected CPA who provides colorful commentary while Mike calls the games. Mike has been a part of the broadcasting of seven state basketball championships and two state football titles along with a number of semi-final games for Union City High School.
Mike is a 1969 graduate of Union City High School where he received honorable mention all State, District and Region in basketball. He also attended Union University and UTM. Rauchle recently retired from United States Postal Service with 39 and one/half years of service. Mike also served with the Tennessee National Guard for eight years.
Mike is a member of First Baptist Church Union City. He is married to Phyllis Dortch Rauchle, and they have 2 sons, Bill and Grant. Mike is also the nephew of Mid-South radio legend, Jack Parnell.
Vic DuRall has been a part of the broadcast family at Thunderbolt Broadcasting since 1978. Except for a period from late 1982-mid 1985 when he worked at WENK in Union City and a brief period in the insurance industry, DuRall has served WCMT in some capacity including on-air talent, Program Director, and News Director. The one consistent area DuRall has been a part of throughout that time is sports broadcasting, providing play-by-play and color/analysis for hundreds of high school basketball and football games. He continues to work with long-time partner Paul Tinkle on high school basketball games on WCMT. Vic is considered by Tinkle as the best organized color announcer anywhere. Tinkle says when he comes to a basketball game “Vic brings the “knowledge… all I have to do is describe the game and Vic does the rest.
DuRall holds degrees in Communications and Secondary Education from UT-Martin and a Masters Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He has taught American History and World Geography in the Lake County school system since 1991 while broadcasting sports and also coached Middle School basketball and football for 16 years. DuRall and his wife Hope, also a teacher, live in Union City and have two children and two grandchildren. He is an active member of 2nd Baptist Church in Union City and enjoys singing in the sanctuary choir. Other interests include playing golf and reading.
Chris Brinkley began working at WCMT when he was a junior in high school. Along with Paul Tinkle, he has served as co-host of Good Times in the Morning for over 20 years. Chris began calling high school basketball games on WCMT in 1991 and has served as the voice of the UT Martin Skyhawks for the past 14 years.