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Blue Wahoos / Tommy Thrall win Southern League Awards

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by brent

Blue Wahoos Named Southern League Organization of the Year

Tommy Thrall, Ray Sayre honored.


MARIETTA, Ga., - The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs has announced the Pensacola Blue Wahoos as the Don Mincher Organization of the Year. Votes for both awards were received from league general managers.


Since joining the Southern League in 2012, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos have produced an unmatched experience in baseball. Recently chosen as the “Best View in MiLB,” the Blue Wahoos organization prides itself on outstanding service to its loyal fanbase. In less than four years from its inception, Pensacola Bayfront Stadium saw its millionth fan walk through the turnstiles on Friday, May 8 of this year.


Before the season started, the Blue Wahoos welcomed a new member to its ownership group when two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson joined Quint and Rishy Studer at the helm of the franchise. Watson made multiple appearances in Pensacola this season, only adding to the fan experience when he jumped on a dunk tank to support local charity. The Blue Wahoos have fully ingrained itself with the local community and have provided the springboard to grow the downtown Pensacola area into a popular destination.


Named in honor of the late Don Mincher, who served as Southern League President from 2000-11, the Organization of the Year is awarded to the Southern League club exemplifying the complete baseball franchise. By claiming this honor, Pensacola will be the Southern League’s nominee for the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy, which will be presented at the Baseball Winter Meetings in December. Pensacola previously won this award in 2012.


Tommy Thrall has been named the Radio Broadcaster of the Year, as selected by his peers and the League’s general managers. Thrall, who has eased listeners with his conversational tone, vivid descriptions and keeps our listeners up-to-date of former Blue Wahoos in the Major Leagues, has been with the team since its inaugural 2012 season. Besides calling games on a daily basis, the Northwest Missouri State University grad, serves as the play-by-play announcer for Blue Wahoos television games on Cox Sports Television.


Ray Sayre, Director of Sports Turf Management for the Blue Wahoos, is this year’s Groundskeeper of the Year, as selected by the league’s field managers and umpires. He won this honor in 2014 and 2013. Sayre has been with the Wahoos since the team’s inaugural season. Growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, he began his turf career working on the athletic fields for the University of Kentucky. Before making the move to Pensacola, Sayre worked for several minor league teams including the Louisville Bats, the Greenville Drive and the Bowling Green Hotrods.


Dan Shugart, Sports Director at WEAR-TV, is honored with the Southern League’s Sports Media Award. Covering the team since the inaugural season, Shugart and WEAR constantly covers games, events and offseason activities to produce year round coverage in Pensacola. He continues to go over and beyond in his coverage of the team and league by producing stories to show the positive impact of the Blue Wahoos in the community. Shugart is such a staple in the community that the Wahoos organization help a Dan Shugart bobblehead night in 2014 with his signature mustache wiggling on the figurine. 


Winning these awards represents the latest in a growing list of accolades for the Blue Wahoos. The 2012 the team was named the Southern League Organization of the Year, Ballpark Digest’s Organization of the Year, Ballpark of the Year by and Bruce Baldwin being named Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year. In 2013 the team was named Stadium Journey’s Best Minor League Ballpark Experience and the Southern League Southern League Community Service Award and Groundskeeper of the Year. In 2014 the team was again awarded Southern League Groundskeeper of the Year and Stadium Journey’s Best Overall Ballpark Experience Runner-Up. 


2015 Southern League Awards

Don Mincher Organization of the Year: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Radio Broadcaster of the Year: Tommy Thrall

Groundskeeper of the Year: Ray Sayre

Sports Media Award: Dan Shugart, WEAR

Jimmy Brogan Executive of the Year: Brian Cox, Tennessee Smokies

Woman of Excellence Award: Lauren Chesney, Tennessee Smokies

Outstanding Employee of the Year: Jim Bishop, Mississippi Braves

Southern League Promotion Trophy: Mississippi Braves

Southern League Community Service Award: Jackson Generals

Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant: Nathan Edwards & Terry Fellows, Montgomery Biscuits

Trainer of the Year: Shane Nelson, Tennessee Smokies


The Blue Wahoos are heading into the playoffs for the first time in team history! Don’t miss your chance to experience family-fun entertainment with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos! You can follow the team, and


2015 CMA Nominees

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by brent

  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Eric Church
  • Miranda Lambert


  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack


  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Blake Shelton
  • Chris Stapleton


  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band


  • Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
  • Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
  • Pain Killer, Little Big Town
  • The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney
  • Traveller, Chris Stapleton


  • “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
  • “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
  • “I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
  • “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
  • “Talladega,” Eric Church


Song Of The Year

  • “American Kids,” Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally
  • “Girl Crush,” Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey
  • “Like A Cowboy,” Randy Houser and Brice Long
  • “Like A Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church and Casey Beathard
  • “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne



  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Thompson Square


Musical Event

  • Django And Jimmie, Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
  • “Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton f/Ashley Monroe
  • “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban f/Eric Church
  • “Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert f/Little Big Town
  • “Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter



  • Sam Bush
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Paul Franklin
  • Dann Huff
  • Mac McAnally



  • “Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
  • “Girl In A Country Song,” Little Big Town
  • “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
  • “Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood


New Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Sam Hunt
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton


Bring Back Springfest??

Posted on: September 1st, 2015 by brent


30 days +  3000 tickets  =  A Great Downtown Music Festival!  Can we bring back Springfest?

Quint and Rishy Studer have generously agreed to loan organizers $250,000 in seed money to produce a multi day event that will bring in an eclectic group of well known artists to perform downtown Pensacola in May of 2016 (dates are subject to change).

Watch the video that started it all!

Quint picked 15+ key contributors out of the over 200 who attended the initial town hall meeting to act as a temporary advisory board. Their role was to get a preliminary plan and budget in place so it could be reviewed realistically against the time line. The advisory council came up with a great event format which includes an eclectic lineup, similar to the original SpringFest that everyone loved and a workable budget of $1 million. This budget allows the group to book some well known headliners, regional, up and coming talent and a great selection of local acts.

The plan is to start small, we are hoping to have 2 outdoor stages over 2 days and we will spill over into several downtown venues for additional events for the entire week leading up to the festival. Just imagine… launch parties, opening night show, after hours parties at Seville Quarter, Late Night Shows at Vinyl and more! All part of the new music festival experience.

We are turning the tables on traditional festival planning and looking to the community to support the event by purchasing tickets, before we get sponsors and before we finalize the plans. – Michelle Sarra.

Festivals need both sponsors and ticket buyers to provide the cash flow. Normally, you pursue the local business sponsors first and if the event gets enough support from the businesses, it moves forward with planning, booking and then to ticket sales.

In this case, we are switching it up for two reasons. First, the timeline is tight.  We need to know now if we have the audience willing to take a risk and pay now.  A decision has to be made to do this festival in the very near future and we will be working at warp speed for the next few months. Secondly, sponsorship sales can take a long time to negotiate so the ticket revenue will act as the seed money so we can begin booking bands. Pensacola is still a small community and businesses are not sitting on multi-million dollar marketing budgets just waiting for a new event. The event needs to find new sponsors that will add value to our community, we don’t want to risk taking away from other great local events in town.

The team is asking the public to buy their fully refundable ticket first, which will allow more time to negotiate some great branding opportunities and promotions.  Making a great event for the community is the main goal.

What’s the worst thing that can happen? You will get your money back and we will try again next year.

Find out how you can be a sponsor or buy tickets.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Returning!

Posted on: August 6th, 2015 by Chris

SYLACAUGA, Ala. — Blue Bell Creameries confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that the company is producing ice cream and building inventory at its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant.

The Alabama Department of Health said it has cleared the facility to make ice cream.

We’re busy at our Sylacauga, AL, facility crankin’ out ice cream and building inventory. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the details of our return!

Posted by Blue Bell Ice Cream on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Blue Bell spokesperson said employees started work on Wednesday. The facility first began testing products last week.

Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall April 20 for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

Source: Fox 23, Tulsa

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Auditions – August 15

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by brent

New Member Auditions, 2015-2016 Season of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus will be held Saturday, August 15, 9-2pm, for boys and girls, 4-12th grade. Come experience a quality music education and enjoy the self confidence gained by preparing for choral and Broadway-style performances held every year at the Saenger theatre.

Need-based financial aid available. Call the chorus office at 434-7760 for more information or visit their website at

Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert Divorce

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Chris

This time the rumors were true. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are divorced after 4 years of marriage.

TMZ was among the first to break the story and says Blake filed “a while ago” and a judge finalized the split today.

The couple released the following statement through the Associated Press:

“This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”

TMZ also says the two signed a pre-nup before getting married, so the financial arrangements have been settled. Reportedly, he got the Oklahoma ranch, and she took the home in Nashville.

They have no kids, but had talked about possibly starting a family one day.

A source close to the couple says Blake has been working on new music since filing.

Source: Taste Of Country, TMZ

Blue Wahoos Radio Partners

Posted on: April 1st, 2015 by brent

Blue Wahoos Announce NewsRadio1620 As Flagship Station

NewsRadio1620 will air all 140 games for the 2015 season.


PENSACOLA, Fla., - The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are pleased to announce NewsRadio1620 as the team’s flagship radio station for 2015. NewsRadio1620 (WNRP-AM) and their sister station CatCountry98.7 (WCTY-FM) are locally owned by Dave and Mary Hoxeng (ADX Communications). NewsRadio1620 will air all 140 games for the 2015 season.


“This is a great chance for Kazoo and the Cat to come together,” said team president Jonathan Griffith. “It’s an exciting partnership between two Pensacola businesses with deep roots in the community. We are thrilled to provide local on-air coverage of Blue Wahoos baseball to the area through an outstanding and well-respected station.”


“We are delighted to be teaming up with Jonathan, Bruce and the Studers to broadcast the Blue Wahoos games to Pensacola,” said owner Dave Hoxeng.


Broadcaster Tommy Thrall will return for his fourth season in the radio booth. Thrall, who has been with the team since its inaugural season, has covered 411 games for the Blue Wahoos.


Fans will be able to tune into games on NewsRadio1620 or listen for free at and by using the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile, desktop or home devices. Additionally, home games at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium as well as select road games will be available on MiLB.TV, a subscription-based service provided by Minor League Baseball.


The first game of the 2015 regular season at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium is on Thursday, April 9th against the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers) at 6:30 p.m. Follow the Blue Wahoos at, and




Help the Daniel Palmer Home

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by brent

Corporal Daniel Palmer is a lifelong resident of Milton, Florida in Santa Rosa County. He came home in 2012 severely injured. Daniel is married to Becky and they have two children, Cameron and Vanessa Faith. Daniel was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps.

Daniel enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 2008. He deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan in December 2009 as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. On March 20, 2010 Daniel was wounded while patrolling in Marjah, Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED, improvised explosive device, causing the loss of his right foot and a portion of his lower leg. He is being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other medical issues.

After Daniel’s injury, he was sent to a medical facility in Germany where he was treated for a week. From there he went to National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for almost a month. Daniel was then transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he received physical therapy treatment for about nine months.

After his treatment in Washington, Daniel was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. for two years. There he went through the military medical board process and was medically retired in August of 2012 with 90% disability.

Daniel and his family returned home on July 27, 2012, to a thunderous welcome-home celebration at Pensacola International Airport. Hundreds of well-wishers were in attendance. Gulf Coast Veterans In Need organized this homecoming and has worked since to support the Palmer Family’s transition to civilian life.

The Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Foundation and the Gulf Coast Veterans in Need groups have been diligently working to build a new home for this local hero and his family. With a January groundbreaking in Chumuckla, Florida, it is expected that the home will be completed by summer 2015.

Additional help is needed. Blackie Black, Bagdad Construction, is the home builder who is generously donating his time and leadership for this project. For information on building material donations or volunteering, please call Blackie at (850) 572-8563.

For cash contributions to Gulf Coast Veterans in Need, you can donate on-line at or by mailing a check to: Gulf Coast Veterans in Need, Inc., Post Office Box 13245, Pensacola, Florida 32591.

The Donation List:

As of 2/25/15 at 3:17 PM
Name Donation
The Independence Fund, Inc. $25,000 grant
Coastal Bank & Trust – Karen Welch Bank Mortgage
Gulf Coast Veterans in Need $10,000 for lot
Alan Miller House Plans
Lonnie Joiner Lot Clearing
Southland Builders – Gordon Howell Fill Dirt
Santa Rosa County Building Permits
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc. Septic Tank Permit
Myricks Foundation LLC Concrete for Block
Swift Supply & Quality Masonry – split 1/2 Block for Foundation
Salter 3c’s Masonry Sand
Joey Palmer & Quality Masonry Block Labor
Florida Pest Control Soil Treatment
Robert Gonzalez Plumbing Plumbing Labor
Plumbing Material
USA Ready Mix & Gulf Breeze Rotary Club Concrete Material
Myricks Foundation LLC Concrete Labor
Pittman Lumber & Building Supply Framing Package
Doug Albert Construction, Bagdad Home Builders & Volunteers Framing Labor
Pro Build Trusses
Vernon Martin Truss Labor
Electrical Material
Electric Light Construction & Clary Electric Electrical Labor
Lunsford Heating & Air Heat & Air Material
Lunsford Heating & Air Heat & Air Labor
REW Materials Shingles
Abrams Group Construction Roof Labor
Mobile Lumber Windows
Mobile Lumber Doors
Navarre Lumber & Supply Interior Doors
Foamseal Insulation System, Inc. – Jimmy Burgess Insulation – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock Labor
Navarre Lumber & Supply – checking w/vendors Trim Material
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc., Gulf Coast Cabinets & Volunteers Trim Labor
Sherwin Williams Paint
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc. & Volunteers Paint Labor
Legacy Building Supply Company Vinyl Siding Material
Advanced Siding Vinyl Siding Labor
W R Taylor Brick Brick
Joey Palmer Brick Labor
Painter Plus – John Teach Carpet Labor
John Price Tile Labor
Custom Gutters of Northwest Florida – Randy Sellars Gutters
Custom Gutters of Northwest Florida – Randy Sellars Gutter Labor
Swort Home Solution Cabinets
Custom Wood Concepts of Northwest Florida, Inc. and Billy Swort Cabinet Labor
Randy Office Appliances
Quigley Electric Lights
Quigley Electric Ceiling Fans
Door Knobs & Locks
Panhandle Glass Mirrors
Indoor Sprinkler System
Lowes Plants & Labor
Pinkard Garage Doors Garage Door
Septic Tank
Clyde’s Well Service – Mike Ward Water Well
Sheriff Wendell Hall, Claude Duvall & Volunteers Fish Fry
Oakland Ard Cash Donation
21st Century Marble & Granite, Inc. – William Jernigan, President Bathroom Material & Labor
Debbie Watson – 9050 West Hwy 98 #27 Pensacola, FL 32506 $100 Donation
Commander Michael Curry – 3577 Stratford Lane Pace, FL 32571 $50 Donation
Carol Lanthrip – 5411 Greenleaf Drive Pace, FL 32571 $50 Donation
Carter & Sons – David Carter Portable restrooms for remainder of job
Phyllis Clark Sewing Machine

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for 7th ACM Station of the Year

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by brent

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for ACM Station of the Year


Pensacola’s locally owned country radio station, Cat Country 98.7, has been nominated as Radio station of the Year in markets our size by the Academy of Country Music.   This is the 50th Annual Awards Show and this year the show is set for Sunday April 19, 2015 in Dallas, Texas and will be shown LIVE on CBS.  This will be Cat Country 98.7’s 7th nomination in the last 11 years and the station has previously won this award in 2006, 2009, and 2011.


Dave Hoxeng, station owner, said “Our team is passionate about our community and country music, this is a great honor!”

2014 Manna Hat – Winner Announced

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by brent

Congrats to Dena Mathis from Baker… She is the winner of this year’s

Manna Hat Auction.  Winning bid $810.

I’m Brent Lane from the Cat Pak Morning Show at Cat Country 98.7 in Pensacola, FL. The Manna Hat, as it has come to be known, is all authentic autographs… I know because I collected them myself. So, why all this work just to sell the hat? The simple answer is Manna Food Pantriesof Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties needs the help. Cat Country 98.7 (WYCT-FM) is Pensacola’s Community Radio Station. We are family-owned and put community service first.

Manna Food Pantries began serving the hungry on January 3, 1983, then known as Manna Food Bank. Since then Manna have served over half a million people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, from Century to Navarre. Manna has given out over 7,000 tons of food to hungry families in our communities. In the last year alone, Manna has served about 32,000 individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.Manna Food Pantries is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Northwest Florida. Manna is nonsectarian, community focused, volunteer supported and committed to the philosophy, “waste not, want not.” Manna believe’s that every person has a right to live free from hunger and that every person is to be treated with respect and dignity.

This year the need is particularly great. Please know that 100% of the proceeds this auction raises will go to Manna Food Pantries of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties so that those in need in Pensacola, Pace, Milton and the surrounding areas can continue to be taken care of.

Who’s Autograph is on the Hat? 
I will send you a signed certificate saying these are 100% Authentic Pics.

Location on the Hat
Lucy Hale
January 25, 2014 – Cordova Mall
Rear Bill
Scotty McCreery
March 2, 2014 – Saenger Theater Pensacola
Right Rear Bill
Jason Aldean
March 14, 2014 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
 Front Stack
Tyler Farr
March 14, 2014 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
 Left Rear Bill
Florida Georgia Line*
March 14, 2014 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
 Front Bill
Rodney Atkins
March 21, 2014 – Beulah Fest
 Right Bill
 Eli Young Band  April 26, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL  Left Stack
 Darius Rucker  April 26, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL Left Bill
 Dan + Shay  April 26, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Left Bill
 Jana Kramer  May 21, 2014 – Cat Country  Left Stack
 Hunter Hayes  May 30, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Right Front Bill
 Danielle Bradbery  May 30, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Right Bill
Zac Brown  June 5, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL  Left Dimple
 Dierks Bentley  July 3, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL  Front Bill
 Brothers Osborn  July 3, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL  Rear Stack
Chris Young  July 9, 2014 – NAS Pensacola Right Dimple
Chloe Channel  July 9, 2014 – NAS Pensacola  Right Rear Bill
 Josh Thompson  July 9, 2014 – NAS Pensacola  Right Stack
 Justin Moore  September 11, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Right Stack
 Thomas Rhett  September 11, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Rear Bill
 Miranda Lambert  September 11, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Top Dimple
David Nail  October 18, 2014 – Pensacola Interstate Fair  Rear Right Stack
Maddie and Tae  October 23, 2014 – Spring Hill Suites  Front Bill
 Craig Morgan  October 24, 2014 – Pensacola Interstate Fair  Front Stack
 Chase Bryant  November 11, 2014 – Juana’s Pagodas  Left Rear Dimple
 Kristian Bush  November 21, 2014 – Wild Greg’s  Right Stack