3 decade director of WLTX Sports Bob Shields passes away


Sway Shields, our long-lasting games chief who secured secondary school and school sports over the Midlands for three decades, has passed away.

Shields had been doing combating malignant growth for about 18 months.

A University of South Carolina graduate, Bob joined News19 in 1981 while he was still in school. After two years, he was elevated to Sports Director, where he would proceed to lead the station’s games inclusion during the 1980s, 1990s, and mid-2000s.


Credits: WLTX19


Amid his practiced residency at WLTX, he secured a wide range of games, from youth baseball to the master positions.

While covering the Gamecocks, Bob saw and chronicled a great deal of history, from the “Dark Magic” period of 1984 to the football group’s first bowl triumph in the Carquest Bowl in 1995. He was there when unbelievable mentor Lou Holtz joined the school in 1999, and afterward when another legend, Steve Spurrier, succeeded Holtz in 2004.


Credits: ABC Columbia


He ventured out to different bowl recreations and to Omaha, Nebraska to cover the baseball group’s outings to the College World Series. At the point when Dawn Staley joined the ladies’ ball group, Bob was there giving inclusion of the lady who’d proceed to lead the school to its first national title in that sport.

Bounce constantly ensured he had Tigertown secured for Clemson fans as well, and valued covering South Carolina State University, Benedict College, Allen University, Claflin University, Newberry College, and the various neighbourhood schools in the Midlands.


Credits: WLTX


Bounce cherished being with WLTX watchers in the network, and making the most of his live field reports where he’d get the opportunity to talk with individuals in the city, for example, when he went to New York City to cover the Gamecocks in the National Invitational Tournament.

He won the South Carolina Broadcasting Association’s honor for Sportscaster of the Year three back to back occasions from 1995-1997. He was additionally an Emmy victor.

Bounce is made due by his better half and the couple’s two youngsters. Burial service game plans have not yet been settled.


Source: WLTX19, The State and ABC Columbia

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