Meet The Team
Darin Pritchett hosts Michiana's longest running and most popular local daily sports talk show Budweiser Weekday Sportsbeat on the air from 5pm - 7pm.
Darin was the producer of Sportsbeat for 10 months before beginning hosting duties in November of 1999. During his tenure on Sportsbeat, he has worked with the late Tom Dennin, John Fineran, Bob Chmiel and currently shares the microphone with Rick Carter.
While driving to work you can get the latest local and national sports news from Darin during the "JT in the Morning" program. Sports reports come your way at :20 and :40 after each hour.
During the Notre Dame football season, Darin hosts the Gameday Sportsbeat pre game and post game shows on WSBT Radio. After producing Gameday for a year, Darin has been a part of the on air crew since 1999.
If there is a big high school football or basketball game to broadcast, Darin is joined by Rick Carter in the broadcast booth for the Martin's Supermarket High School Game of the Week. Darin and Rick were honored in 2004, 2005 and 2006 by the Associated Press with a first place finish for outstanding play by play broadcasting in the major market division. Plus the Indiana Broadcasters Association in 2005 gave the WSBT team a Spectrum Award for a first place finish in Sports Play by Play Broadcasting. In 2006 the WSBT Radio Sports team received first place in by the IBA for sports coverage.
Darin was born in a town of 2,400 called Petersburg, Illinois. Petersburg is known for being the home of Lincoln New Salem State Park. After graduating from Petersburg (PORTA) High School in 1989, he got his degree in radio and television broadcasting at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and was the voice of SIUE men's and women's basketball on radio and television.
KMOX radio in St.Louis gave Darin his first break in 1995. His main job was being a sports producer for Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey, Rams football and sports talk shows. He also spent time working in the KMOX booth at Busch Stadium as the booth producer for Cardinal broadcasters Jack Buck, Joe Buck and Mike Shannon. Darin also gathered sound in the St.Louis Rams locker room after home games.
For two years Darin got on-air experience working in Taylorville, Illinois as a talk show host and morning drive disk jockey.
SPORTS BACKGROUND: golf and baseball player in high school. Was named to the 1989 Illinois Baseball Coaches Association All Star Game. His golf team his senior year finished 9th in the Illinois Class A State Golf Tournament. Also grew up dreaming up becoming a professional bowler.
MY FAVORITES: St.Louis Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Notre Dame hockey, University of Illinois, and Phil Mickelson.
Rick Carter joined WSBT Radio in 1984 as a high school basketball and football color commentator. He had been employed with the WSBT-TV Production Departments since 1981.
In Rick's first year, the Warsaw Tigers won the coveted Indiana High School Basketball Championship and WSBT Radio was there for the broadcast!
Rick became a member of the GameDay SportsBeat Crew midway through its first season in 1992, and continues today as a co-host of the GameDay Pre- and Post-Game Shows. He has co-hosted WeekDay SportsBeat for several years beginning with its inception in 1994.
In the fall of 2000, after the departure of John Fineran, Rick was brought on board as a full time co-host with Darin Pritchett.
Rick continues as a color commentator with Darin on high school football and basketball broadcasts broadcasts on the Martin's Supermarkets High School Game of the Week. Carter considers announcing the 1994 Clay Boys State Basketball Championship to be the highlight of his career. Rick teamed with Darin to win the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Associated Press Indiana Play-by-Play Broadcasters of the Year and the same honor in 2005 from the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
Other memorable moments include hosting the pre and post game shows of GameDay Sportsbeat for the 1993 Florida State/Notre Dame "Game of the Century" and the following week's devastating loss to Boston College. "I'm not sure a college football program every experienced the ecstasy of victory and the agony of defeat in such a short time period. The respective post-game shows reflected that emotion," says Carter. Same day football state championships won by South Bend St. Joe and by Penn rate up there as well.