RARELY DOES A HIGH SCHOOL football program get this kind of treat- ment, but if there was an elite team in Florida that could attract it—it would be
Manatee High School’s team in Bradenton. The
Hurricanes have a storied history, a mid-sized
town atmosphere with lots of tradition—and the
program pumps out serious talent.
So it comes as no surprise that it would also
have a top-notch radio crew doing every game.
Veteran play-by-play man Dave Bristow is a Uni-
versity of Florida graduate who is no stranger to
the TV and radio world. A true professional, he and
color analyst Eddie Mulock kicked things off more
than 30 years ago. Sideline reporter Gene Brown
doubles as vice-mayor of Bradenton and sideline
reporter—not necessarily in that order. He came
along a couple of years after Bristow and Mulock,
and fellow color guy Danny Carter has been a part
of this quartet for around 15 years.
They bring experience, talent and depth of
the program’s historical knowledge to every
broadcast. And if you’re wondering if people are
listening—during a playoff game in 2012 they had
a record 27,000 people tuned in to their live web-cast. Manatee football is a big deal and these
gentlemen are a huge part of the excitement.
So who is the straight man and who is the
“I think we kind of take our turns,” Bristow
The group also enjoys doing the Tuesday game
said. “I like to keep a sense of humor that’s
maybe a bit dry. I guess I kind of run the circus
being the play-by-play guy. Eddie’s always good
for a grin. He’s been around so long, he knows
so much history. I think we all bring a unique
perspective to the broadcasts.”
There is a common thread in the broadcasts—
one that has lasted since the 1980s. Not a
broadcast goes by where former Manatee QB
and Nebraska superstar Tommie Frazier doesn’t
come up in conversation. He was a legend for the
Hurricanes and long-time coach Joe Kinnan.
week radio show at a local eatery—a long-time
staple of the program.
All-in-all, the chemistry of this group is
unquestioned. So is the enthusiasm.
“After 30 years, we wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t
enjoy it,” Brown said. “I love doing the sideline reporting. People tell me they enjoy knowing what’s going
on, and I’m able to let fans know if there’s an injury,
or a game adjustment. The fans seem to love it.”
Radio Quartet Has Helped Manatee Football
Get Beyond the Gridiron and ‘In the Air’
BY BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN
The Manatee football radio crew
for more than 15 years, from left to
right: Danny Carter, Eddie Mulock,
Dave Bristow, Gene Brown
The People Who Work
Behind the Scenes to
Make Florida High School