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Hayes Permar

What does Hayes like about sports? Walk offs, walkovers, walk ups, walk outs, walks, Ewoks, “Walk Like A Man” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. He is from Wake County and dropped out of Davidson, UNC and NC State, jumps on whatever in-state bandwagon is currently tracking towards a championship and has a favorite team but pretends he doesn’t for journalistic purposes.

Media Musings: Sports Media Pivot to Pandemic


written by R.L. Bynum   Pandemic has presented challenges for sports writers, reasons for anxiety It’s a difficult time for many sports journalists. Until NASCAR restarted its season May 17, there were no live sports to cover and plenty of uncertainty to trigger anxiety. Even with robust online traffic at many newspapers, the digital revenue… Read more »

Media Musings: Panthers Bring Balboni Home


written by R.L. Bynum  “Balbiz” returns to her home state to cover her home team Growing up in a family of Tar Heels fans, Kristen Balboni remembers riding around Southern Pines in her dad’s Chevy Blazer listening to Woody Durham call North Carolina games. They would also turn the sound down on the television and… Read more »

Media Musings: David Glenn playing golf, weighing options


written by R.L. Bynum Glenn weighs many options but doesn’t miss hosting sports show during a pandemic Around noon last Thursday, David Glenn and Daron Vaught were together just as they were most weekdays at that time the previous nearly five years. Instead of talking into microphones during “The David Glenn Show,” taking listener calls… Read more »

Media Musings: Sports Radio Shake-up


written by R.L. Bynum New sports radio shows launch Monday after some unexpected moves Big sports radio changes in the Triangle and statewide were announced earlier this month, with two new shows to launch Monday. On March 6, there were two stunning moves and a surprising end for two long-standing, popular shows that each lasted… Read more »

8itorial: Goodbye, Panthers


You’re going to see a lot of fans claiming they’ll never watch the Carolina Panthers again. That’s a lie. They’ll watch, just like the rest of us will continue to watch. There’s still Christian McCaffrey. There’s still  the other guy who played last year but I can’t remember his name right now. And if the… Read more »

SportsChannel8’s Bracket of Stuff


Contest rules: 1) Download the bracket and fill out your picks. 2) Scan or take a picture of your bracket and tweet @sportschannel8 or email 3) Listen each day to 99.9FM, stream on or the WRAL SportsFan app, or check our Twitter account for daily updates on the games as we literally flip… Read more »

How to survive coronavirus online


Over the past week, our radio show (10-Noon on 99.9FM or streaming online at has been fortunate to have Dr. Sallie Permar join us to talk about the coronavirus pandemic and ways to ebb the spread of COVID-19. She’s a world-renowned expert in the field and you should listen to her. Me? I’m neither… Read more »

What am I Even Doing Here?


I want to be clear… this was not my intention. This was not my expectation. What are we even doing here? SportsChannel8? More like SportsChannelElon! I’m about to have a whole row of stories all to myself. On the one hand, I feel a little greedy. Look, I’m not gonna sit here and act… Read more »