Gary Harris is the only Sports Director that WVUA 23 has ever had. He has 37 years of television experience. Gary returned to Tuscaloosa in November of 1997 as Sports Director at NewsChannel 49. NewsChannel 49 eventually became WJRD 7 and later WVUA 23 when the University of Alabama purchased the station in July of 2001. Gary also worked in Tuscaloosa from September of 1985 until November of 1986 at WDBB 17. Gary began his television career at the ripe old age of 18 at WHMA Channel 40, a CBS affiliate in Anniston. He also worked for stations in Meridian and Jackson, MS.
Gary hosts a daily two-hour sports talk radio show on TIDE 1029 FM and 100.9 FM in Tuscaloosa. He has an extensive background in play by play and has worked for CSS, COX Sports, RAYCOM and the SEC Digital Network as well as numerous telecasts on WVUA 23. His play by play experience includes football, basketball, baseball, softball and gymnastics. Gary is a co-host of ‘Tider Insider TV’ with Rodney Orr and anchors ‘Crimson Tide Kickoff’ on Saturdays during football season. He also created WVUA 23’s long-running high school football highlights show ‘Football Friday.’ He has won numerous broadcast awards including ‘Associated Press Best Sports Anchor’ six times.
Off the set, you can find him working out, walking and golfing. He attended Jacksonville State University and currently lives in Tuscaloosa.
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