Gary Harris is WVUA’s Sports Director and joined the station in 1998 when it went on the air as NewsChannel 49. Gary has over 30 years of television experience having started his career at WHMA-TV in Anniston, Alabama in 1982. Gary is also the co-host along with Rodney Orr of Tider Insider TV. Gary has won more than 20 Associated Press Broadcast Awards including Best Sportscaster in Mississippi and five consecutive Alabama Best Sportscaster Awards. Having done radio and television Gary has called play-by-play for live and delayed telecasts of Alabama football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and gymnastics. His experience also includes radio play-by-play for high school football and junior college baseball and basketball.
Matt Coulter is a 40 year veteran of the sports TV/ radio industry. His work includes AHSAA games where he broadcast for both the Final 48 Basketball and The Super Six Football. He has also done games for ESPN Regional, CSS, FOX Sports South, UAB, and The University of Alabama. Matt was the voice of The Birmingham Fire, Barracudas, Steeldogs and Jacksonville State University.
As the longtime announcer at the Talladega Superspeedway he was also able to secure a speaking role in Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby. He currently does morning drive for 101.1 WYDE, Birmingham.
Matt was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, raised in Huntsville and received a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Alabama. Birmingham has been home for 30 years, married to the former Karen Hannigan for the past year and has three children: Jennifer Scott, Madison, and Matt, Jr. and a member of Grace Point Church.
Curt Bloom enters his 30th season in broadcasting and his 25nd in the Barons radio booth. Curt is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro with a degree in broadcasting communications. His previous stops include Bakersfield, CA, Prince William County, VA and Huntsville, AL before arriving in the “Magic City” prior to the 1992 season.
Curt has called Major League Baseball games for both the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays and college basketball games for both UAB and Samford. In addition, he has called Alabama High School state championship games for both basketball and football for, CBS-42.
In May of 2013, Bloom was inducted into the Birmingham Barons Hall of Fame and is a The two-time Southern League Broadcaster of the Year. He lives in Pelham with his wife, Dr. Laura Bloom, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama and their two daughters, Chloe and Alexis. Curt’s a native of North Salem, NY which is in suburban Westchester County.
JoVanka Ward has been a basketball player and coach for numerous years and an analyst for AHSAA during the Final 48 since 2010. 2017 JoVanka was an analyst for Raycom Media and joined the CBS Television Network team in 2010 in the same capacity, and from 2009-2011 she was a broadcast color analyst for iHigh Internet Sports Network for the Alabama 6A State Champion Lady Bucs Basketball Team of Hoover High School.
JoVanka is the Founder and President of VALA Sports LLC, a Training, Advising, and Mentoring company. She teaches Driver’s Education, and serves as Assistant Director of Athletics at Thompson High School located in Alabaster, AL where she is also the Head Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach.
Prior to her time at Thompson she spent 4 years at Homewood HS where she was the 2015 6A State Champion Head Coach and was named the USA Today Coach of the Year during that same time. Before becoming a high school head coach, Ward was a college basketball coach for 11 years as an Assistant at University of Alabama-Birmingham, Howard University, First Assistant at Alabama A&M University and Assistant Coach at Virginia State University. In 2012 JoVanka established the Alabama Heat Elite Girls Basketball AAU/Exposure Club where she is currently the Executive Director and 9th Grade Head Coach.
Christina Chambers joined the Raycom Media sports broadcast team on the inaugural season Thursday Night Touchdowns for the AHSAA as the sideline reporter for our high school football telecast. She has more than five years of experience covering the SEC, ACC, C-USA, and high school sports throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
She began her broadcast career as a sports and news reporter at the local affiliate WLTZ NBC-38 in Columbus, Georgia, before joining the regional sports network Comcast Sports Southeast in Atlanta. At CSS, she served as the Auburn University beat reporter, and sideline reporter for Friday night high school football games with Raycom Media Game of the Week. Currently is a sports reporter for WBRC in Birmingham.
Christina was a Division 1 NCAA athlete at The University of Alabama-Birmingham, where she received a track and field scholarship.