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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

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Dave Garner by Leana Conway, Woodstock Resident

Dave Garner has been the voice of Cherokee County high school football for more than twenty-five years.

It takes a team of professionals to pull off a live broadcast. Pictured here is Will Cooper (left), Daver Garner (center), and long-time friend Larry Prather.

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hrough generations Dave Garner, a Cherokee County sports announcer, and family members have tackled and scored well with sports and

broadcasting. A Cherokee County sports announcer. Dave’s grandfather, Blaine Walsh was the voice for the Milwaukee Braves and also aired a weekly show with Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.

Dave Garner, like his grandfather and most of his family, also loves sports. He realized he could not make a career out of playing, so Dave gravitated toward broadcasting.

Following family tradition, Dave’s son Dalton (right) serves as a spotter at the Berry College football games.

Dave, a confident man at forty-six, admits he was not always sure of himself. “I was quiet and on the shy side at the beginning of my career.” Dave started his career while still in college. Eager to hone his craft, Dave analyzed his style. “I realized I was pretty boring.” He chuckles. Dave refined his on-air presentation and kept his energy level up. As he found his broadcasting voice, he also found his own voice in the world. “You can’t watch the game as a fan,” he determined. It took work to learn to call games as an observer, instead of a supporter.

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Enjoy Cherokee Magazine, September/October 2019  

The premier lifestyle magazine for Cherokee County, Georgia. Interesting stories about the people, places, and events that make Cherokee Cou...

Enjoy Cherokee Magazine, September/October 2019  

The premier lifestyle magazine for Cherokee County, Georgia. Interesting stories about the people, places, and events that make Cherokee Cou...