Phil Schaefer–Great Sportscasting Memories

Enjoying Post-Interview Lunch with Phil Schaefer

Phil Schaefer’s stellar sports broadcasting career launched early, even during his student days at Ohio State University. Soon afterward, he moved into broadcasting roles that eventually included WSB radio, University of Georgia football and basketball, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, and the Masters Golf Tournament, where he was honored recently for hosting 45 tournament broadcasts.

As I explain at the outset of our interview, Phil and I met when I won a WSB contest to help him broadcast the Atlanta Golf Classic, then a regular stop on the PGA Tour. Ever since, we have remained friends.

In “The Communication Corner”–the program I host Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. for WBCX-FM, “The Voice of Brenau”–Phil shared comments about, for example:

–Brett Favre’s annual charade of “Will he or won’t he play?”
–An amazing halftime practice session commanded by Ohio State’s Woody Hayes
–Greg McGarity, University of Georgia’s new Athletic Director
–Radio as “theater of the mind,” long before TV sports broadcasting
–Keeping his broadcasts of events unbiased
–Why all the negative publicity about indicted athletes and coaches is not truly representative
–His media leadership with the Dekalb County School System
–Early acquaintance with comedian Jonathan Winters
–His contacts with the reportedly gruff “Bear” Bryant

For more information about Phil Schaefer–including how to order his book, Sins of a Southern Sportscaster–visit his Web site:

Phil mentioned some of the best-known coaches in the nation in several sports. In every case, they brought out the best in their athletes.

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Red Birds Bring Sue Ellen Comfort and Hope

Messenger of Comfort and Hope

Sue Ellen Williams belongs to the Christian Education class, The Seekers, that my wife Sandra and I joined at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia. As one of the group’s frequent discussion leaders,  she told us about a recurring miraculous appearance in her life. With her permission, I am delighted to share her inspiring words below:

I belive in red birds. When my daddy died in 1989, I was knocked for a loop. I couldn’t find comfort and I missed him so. One day while my mother and I were sitting at her kitchen table, a beautiful bright red cardinal flew into the dogwood tree just outside her window. At almost the same time, we said “hello DeDe”. My daddy loved, fed, watched, admired and talked to cardinals, my “red birds” he called them. I felt a striking awareness that God had sent me just what I needed, comfort and the sense of my daddy in that red cardinal.

Daddy has been dead for over twenty years. He still comes to me when I need him. After a painful divorce, when I was feeling alone as I ever had, a beautiful red cardinal literally flew from bush to bush around the oval track that I walked sometimes twice a day. I began to talk with that red bird and felt God’s assurance that all would be well.

So it has been that through the years, a red bird has found its way to a yard, or tree or window, to the beach, or the mountains; it has come in times of need and of celebration.

When my mother was dying, there was the constant presence of  a red bird just outside her window, and often, he would literally fly over to my car when I drove up. When Owen made his first visit to our home in Stone Mountain, as Paige drove the van up the driveway, there on the lamp post at the top of the drive, sat a bright red cardinal. DeDe welcoming Owen to the family.

So it came as no surprise on a Saturday in July last year on the day of my mother’s memorial service, that in the tree outside our room was the fattest brightest red cardinal ever! When I spoke to it, that cardinal turned its head toward me and so I knew that all was well with Mother and would be well with me.

While we get the male red bird the most often, now and again we get both the male and the female as Mother joins Daddy in stopping by. So it is that God sends us what we need–His steadfast presence and warm arms of love.

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