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Chris Dodson, Executive Director

I am originally from Lawton, Oklahoma, and have lived in Bentonville, Arkansas, since 2018. Previous to my move, I lived in the Seattle, Washington area where I enjoyed my time with the Pac-12 in football and volleyball replay as well as creating the Majorly Minor Show, a weekly internet-based broadcast covering semi-professional football across a four-state region.

I attended Spartan School of Aeronautics to obtain my commercial instrument rating as a pilot and then attended Cameron University as a Communications Major specializing in Radio and T.V. Broadcasting. I have served as a public address announcer at many levels, including collegiate sports. In addition to my time in the Pac-12, I was a replay official for the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA.

I am the president of Zoning Consulting Resources, a zoning compliance company, and the proprietor of Municipal Document Acquisitions LLC.

Steven Blackiston, Production Coordinator

I am a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. I am currently pursuing a Master of Education in recreation and sports management at the University of Arkansas as well. My passion for broadcasting started in high school when I got the opportunity to interview the nightly keynote speakers at Missouri Boy’s State. Since then I’ve been involved with UATV, Razorback Sports Network and the local NPR affiliate, KUAF.

My role for SSN is quite a large one. Chris and I work constantly on the next thing! Whether that’s booking games to broadcast, coming up with social media content, or creating crew lists. Where you’ll mainly see me is behind the mic during our numerous broadcasts!

When I’m not working, I like to explore the beauty of the Ozarks while listening to anything from George Strait to Pink Floyd or attending a Razorback sporting event and spending time with my beautiful girlfriend Lizzy Lankford. 

Nick Bravo, Senior Director

I’m a University of Arkansas graduate with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. I worked with J.B. Hunt for a year doing Video Production before joining The Southern Sports Network team. I’ve helped in a control and broadcast booth starting my Freshman year of high school, all the way through where I am now. I worked in a radio booth during high school covering the Heritage War Eagles and being on the sidelines with a camera during college covering the Arkansas Razorbacks. I’m an avid bowler and enjoy the outdoors whether it be playing sports or going on a bike ride.

Evan Eccleston, On-air Talent

I was born in Bentonville, Arkansas where I grew up a big-time Arkansas Razorback fan. In my junior year of high school, I called my first sporting event, doing color commentary for the Bentonville High School softball team. I graduated from Bentonville High School in 2018. I currently attend the University of Arkansas majoring in communications with a focus on mass media. In 2019, began doing color commentary for the Bentonville High school Girls basketball team as well as play-by-play for the high school baseball team. In the same year, I joined the Southern Sports Network doing play-by-play and color commentary for high school football. Last summer I was the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the Mid-Plains League, a collegiate summer baseball league based in Topeka, Kansas. Currently, I intern at Sport & Story as a Production Assistant while broadcasting high school level athletics. 

Drew Watzke, On-Air Talent

I began my broadcasting career in 2017 as a play-by-play and color commentator for Broken Arrow High School’s men’s and women’s basketball teams at ArrowVision. After enrolling at the University of Arkansas, I started “Razor(back) On-Air,” a weekly Arkansas sports talk show on KXUA 88.3. I also served as the sports section editor at Arkansas’s school newspaper “The Traveler” in 2019-20. I currently work in the Arkansas Athletics communication office helping with the Razorback baseball and women’s basketball teams.

Heath Brooks, On-Air Talent

I began my broadcasting career in 2019 covering several high school games as a color commentator, play by play, and sideline reporter. After enrolling at the University of Arkansas, I began co-hosting “Razor(back) On Air,” a weekly Arkansas sports talk show on KXUA 88.3. I currently work as the Station Manager of KXUA, the on-campus radio station.

Jackson McAfee, On-Air Talent

I am a sophomore at The University of Arkansas and working toward my degree in Broadcast Journalism. I attended Gentry High School where I was the football and basketball videographer for four years. I am currently a sports anchor for UATV as well as a sports journalist for the “Arkansas Traveler.” I joined the Southern Sports Network in the fall of 2019 and am very excited about this opportunity. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching and playing sports as well as being active in my church community.