The Coshocton County Beacon October 17, 2018 - Page 14

14 THE BEACON OCTOBER 17, 2018 Remembering the ‘sports voice’ of Coshocton County By Josie Sellers COSHOCTON – Th e late Tom Th ompson had a passion for high school athletics that will not be forgotten by those connected to sports in our community. “He was whole heartedly in this for the kids,” said Matt Colvin, athletic director at Ridgewood High School. Ridgewood has always worked play calls from WTNS into its pregame music at football games, but has recently tried to pay special attention to ones made by Th ompson. “Th is year and during his whole battle with cancer we plugged his calls,” Colvin said. “You’d hear his voice and think about how special of a person he is. His heart was in Coshocton County and putting the kids in athletics on a pedestal and giving them a good experience through radio.” Th ompson, who lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 6, worked at WTNS radio for 45 years, up until his death. He was the sales manager and sports director and was known as the “sports voice” of WTNS and Coshocton County. Steve Cores worked with Th ompson covering games for a total of 32 years. FRESH FARM RAISED ORGANIC PRODUCE 25% OFF EVERYTHING October 22 nd -27 th CLOSING FOR THE SEASON SAT., OCT. 27 th ! FRESH FALL CABBAGE & SWEET POTATOES ARE HERE! Thank you for your support & see you in the spring! 1877 C.R. 600, Baltic 43804 (From Coshocton left at New Bedford then about 1 mile on CR 12/CR 600) to go with him couldn’t so he asked me to go and do the stats. He said if I did the stats he’d do everything else. I did that for him and then at halftime he read them and looked over at me and asked what I thought about the fi rst half. He just laughed at the look on my face and then went to a commercial. Th at’s how it all got started.” Th at was the fi rst of many games that Cores worked with Th ompson including playoff , state tournament and state championship games and the last high school game played at St. John Arena. Casey Claxon most recently worked with Th ompson on WTNS’s Talkin’ Football program. “I’ve always been impressed with how hard he worked and how dedicated he was,” Claxon said. “WTNS cov- ers a lot more high school sports than most local radio stations will. Typically it’s just football and basketball, but because of leadership from Tom and the Wallace family they do a lot more than that and the community supports their quality of work.” Claxon didn’t grow up in Coshocton, but he knows Th ompson has played a role in generations of families athletic careers. “My wife (Trista) has games (recorded) that Tom broadcasted from when she played high school volleyball back in the 80s and we have some from before Tom got sick that he did when Keith (our son) was a freshman and SEE US FOR ALL YOUR playing football at Ridgewood. Trista is proud of those FOOTWEAR NEEDS! tapes. Th ey are special to her because she grew up here knew Tom. A & lot of families that Please and send billing tear sheets have to . experienced . . same thing.” Please send billing & tear sheets to . . . A memorial service for Th ompson will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Coshocton High School in the Allwell Behavioral Health Services Allwell gymnasium Behavioral Services with Health Pastor Sarah Juist offi ciating. Memorial Attn. donations Ray Bishoff, Relations/Marketing Dir may Community be Community made to the Tom Th ompson Memorial Direc Attn. Ray Bishoff, Relations/Marketing Fund, c/o the Coshocton Foundation, 220 S. 2845 Scholarship Bell Street 2845 Bell Street Fourth St. Coshocton, OH 43812; or to Hospice of Central Zanesville, OH Cherry 43701 Ohio, 2269 Valley Road SE Newark, OH 43055. 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Tom was always prepared.” Cores was friends with Th ompson outside of work and will greatly miss him. “He was one of my best friends,” Cores said. “How I actually got started on the radio was he talked me into going with him to a Tusky Valley vs Coshocton game in 1976. I worked at Carroll’s Men Shop and back then Main Street was hopping. You worked late and didn’t get to see a lot of Saturday night games. Whoever was supposed Marilyn’s Natural Foods nd 1199 2nd Street, Coshocton 1199 S Street, Coshocton, OH 43812 43812 1199 S S 2 2 nd Street, Coshocton, OH Serving Coshocton’s health needs for over 40 years Clinical Nutritionist on staff Contract provider for Mental Health & Recovery Services 430 Main Street, Coshocton • (740) 622-6792 740-622-4470 740-622-4470 740-622-4470 Contract provider provider for for Mental Mental Health Health Recovery Services Contract & & Recovery Services