Jim Wharton

Sports Director/Anchor

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Jim Wharton has served as the WTAP Sports Director and Anchor since July 28,1984.

July 28, 1984 marked the start of the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. It also marked the start of Jim Wharton's tenure as Sports Director of WTAP-TV.

He replaced Randy Greene who left for an opportunity in the broadcast education field.

In 25 years, Jim has reported from numerous national, regional and local sporting events

He's been to bowl games, national championship college baseball and football games, NASCAR races, MLB games, NFL games and more.

But while he's enjoyed the experiences while travelling to Daytona, New Orleans and Phoenix, his first love is local sports.

Jim has covered literally thousands of sporting events over the years. He started out shooting on film, followed by analog tape, digital tape, and now on computer disc.

He is proud to have started the award winning "Football Frenzy" high school football show. And enjoys doing play by play in WTAP broadcasts of high school and college sporting events.

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