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Thomas Grant Jr. is a contributor to Coladaily.com. A sports Editor with the Lexington Chronicle and formerly the senior sports writer at the Times and Democrat, he has covered high school and college sports in the Midlands and surrounding areas for over 20 years.
Renee Lowder is a South Carolina native and has called Chapin home for the last 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Journalism School. She has worked in broadcast sales for both radio and television for over 25 years! Country radio is her passion. Renee is happily married with two sons and “Little Dip”, the family’s Brittany Spaniel. She loves spending time with her family and pulling for the South Carolina Gamecocks!
Matt Lee graduated from East Carolina University with a BS degree in Communication/Broadcasting. He has nearly 20 years of broadcast experience including on-air, production, programming, and marketing.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his son Cameron, his four rescue dogs, and melting into the couch watching college and Dallas Cowboys football.
“You can’t spell ‘Parties’ without ‘Pirates'”
Leslie Hayes has worked in radio for the past 17 years. Leslie is the head administrator for The Dude and Cola Daily. Leslie’s job includes payables, receivables, processing payroll, maintaining the office supplies, completing the commercial logs, etc. Leslie is the pivot point between the sales staff, programming and production. Originally from Pennsylvania, Hayes stays true to her home teams, the Steelers and the Penguins. Hayes is married with a daughter and two 4-legged kids.
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”-Dr. Seuss
Tyler Cup has worked in radio for over 10 years. Specializing in sports and sales, he has called play-by-play for football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, volleyball, and even wrestling. Tyler has served as the radio voice of the Lugoff-Elgin Demons athletic program since 2010.
“High school sports has always been a passion of mine. It’s the purest form of sport. Memories and local legends are made. It’s the basis of friendships and extended families in so many communities.”
Tyler hosts a local sports talk show on Mondays and has even done work for an ESPN affiliate.
“I have always thought local coverage and media is so important, it keeps people up to date in our community and allows local advertisers a place to grow its business, too.”
Chris Turner is originally from Chapin, South Carolina. He grew up on a farm there and still lives on a farm. Chris enjoys the outdoors with his two children, Caroline and Duncan.
He graduated from Newberry College with a BA in Music. He plays saxophone and enjoys watching Clemson beat the Gamecocks. Not an office favorite, but brings diversity as our token Tigers fan.
Turner genuinely cares about his clients. He is able to advise them to make decisions that will most benefit them and is always thinking in their best interest.
Allen has been a journalist since 1994, working all over the U.S. He came to Columbia in 2009, working locally at WLTX and as one of the first reporters at Cola Daily. He currently serves as Communications Manager for the USC College of Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management. He won a South Carolina Broadcasters Association Award of Merit in 2015 for breaking news coverage for Cola Daily. He is currently writing a book on USC Dance Marathon and its partnership with Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. “I’m committed to telling the stories of Columbia and the people who make it a great place to live!”
Karamie grew up in Newberry County, and moved to West Columbia about eight years ago. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. The majority of her time working with ColaDaily is spent out covering stories related to the people and places of the Midlands. The seven years she spent working in Columbia’s Vista as a server and bartender well-prepared her with the ability to carry on a conversation with anyone. One of the biggest ColaDaily perks is utilizing that skill to talk with people from all walks of life, to convey their stories.
Kirk Litton has more than 25 years of radio sales and management experience. Litton was named Sales Executive of the Year in 2006 for CBS Radio DC, and for Radio One DC in 2008 and 2009. In 2012 he moved to Columbia, SC to become owner and president of Hometown Columbia, which purchased stations WWNQ and WWNU. He served on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Broadcasters Association from 2012-2015, and is a graduate of the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Leadership Training program, Class of 2012. He also serves as VP/Sales for MARC Radio of Florida. He and his wife of almost 18 years, Katie, have three children.
A graduate of Francis Marion University, Terry Ward began his newspaper career in 1989. Ward has won numerous South Carolina Press Association Awards for news and feature writing. Terry was a newspaper boy from ages 10-to-12, “It was exciting be the first one to see the news in the morning! Although we are now on a 24-hour news cycle, I still get a thrill to be the first one to see news as it’s released, or as it happens. ColaDaily gives me the opportunity to monitor the news and then share it with our community of readers. That’s why I love the business.”