Clay Reynolds is a sportscaster, journalist and multimedia professional based in Dublin, Georgia.
He is currently sports director at Dublin’s 92.7 WKKZ, where he serves as football and baseball play-by-play voice of the West Laurens Raiders and hosts two popular high school football studio shows: The Tailgate Party and the Dublin Chevrolet-Nissan Scoreboard Report. Clay also broadcasts Trinity Christian School basketball on sister station 1230 AM/93.1 FM WXLI. He is also the sports editor for local newspaper The Courier Herald, where he leads coverage of athletics at four local high schools.
He is a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. With additional multimedia experience in video production, photography and graphic design, among many other areas, Clay has a versatile skill set and something to offer almost any opportunity.
Photo by Rodney Manley
AT A GLANCE
• Radio play-by-play experience:
- Football (5 seasons)
- Basketball (5 seasons)
- Baseball (3 seasons)
- Total: Approximately 350 games
• Sports Talk experience:
- "The Tailgate Party" and Dublin Chevrolet-Nissan Scoreboard Report (2018-2020 football seasons)
• Sports Editor (formerly staff reporter) with The Courier Herald Publishing Company (4 years)
• Staff and freelance work published in The Courier Herald, Athens Banner-Herald, Barrow County News, among other affiliated weekly publications
• Awards: Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Division B – 3rd place, photo essay ('16 and '17); 2nd place as staff, special sections ('17 and '18); 3rd place, education writing ('18); 1st and 3rd place as staff, special sections ('18); 3rd place, feature photo ('18).
• Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Georgia (Dec. 2015)
• Play-by-play, commentary
• Graphic design
• Audio production/engineering
• Video editing
• Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, InDesign, Audition, Premiere
• Quark XPress
A native of Dublin, Georgia, Clay was raised a sports fan and grew up listening to many legendary broadcasters like Larry Munson, Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren who helped inspire his sportscasting dreams. He was frequently known for carrying along a portable radio to high school and college football games to tune into game broadcasts while watching from the stands, and while growing up, would often listen to nightly Braves games on his alarm clock radio after having to turn off the TV when it was time for bed.
Though he initially focused on print journalism, Clay began to take a serious interest in broadcasting during his time at UGA, becoming involved as a sports staffer with student radio station 90.5 WUOG. He was a co-host of the station's weekly Friday Pregame Show from 2012 through 2015.
He also broke into play-by-play as a senior, calling a series of football games for the Winder-Barrow High School "Double-G" Bulldoggs via internet webcasts for BarrowNow.com in the fall of 2015. Clay also worked the 2015 and 2016 seasons as Public Address announcer for Georgia Softball, providing the in-house voice for player introductions and promotions during the regular season and NCAA Regional at Jack Turner Stadium both years.
He returned to Dublin after graduating and signed on with Kirby-Laurens County Broadcasting in the fall of 2016. His on-air role, initially limited to play-by-play on long-running broadcasts of Dublin High School football, would grow over four years to include two additional sports as well as hosting duties on WKKZ's pre- and postgame football call-in shows. For the past two football seasons, he has spearheaded more than five consecutive hours of Friday-night coverage each week from August through December.
Since graduating, Clay has also worked off-and-on with Dublin-based newspaper The Courier Herald, where he got his start in sports media during multiple stints as a student intern during high school and college. He was a staff reporter and editor from spring of 2016 until fall of 2019, handling a wide variety of roles pertaining to the company's daily publication, as well as a chain of satellite weekly papers in surrounding counties and regularly-published magazines. He returned after a year away in the fall of 2020 to take over as sports editor, and now spearheads the publication's local high school sports coverage, among other duties.
In various stretches of work with the company spanning close to 10 years, he has developed an extensive journalistic hat rack featuring pegs for almost every beat and role in the newsroom, including sports, business, education, local government, obituaries, entertainment, features, special sections, social media, graphic design, photography, video production and photo editing. He has also been recognized with multiple awards for writing, photography and production of special sections in the 2017 and 2018 Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contests.
And as if that list of experience weren't long enough, Clay also features past work in video production from two semesters as producer with multimedia sports startup JeffDantzler.TV between 2014 and 2015.
While in many ways a jack of all trades and a master of few, Clay strives to pursue excellence in every area of his work, with an unwavering dedication to providing the audience of any broadcast or publication he has a hand in with a top-quality product.
He hopes to one day become the radio voice of a college or professional sports team.