By GREG WEBB
Currently heard on the airwaves for Kl0l and Z92 radio in Woodward, Okla., Gentry “Ace” Little will pass another milestone on Friday. The play-by-play man will complete athletic event broadcast No. 1,000, achieved over the span of a 33-year career. Little left for Woodward in June of 2013 after a successful career in Texas, including stints at radio stations in Commerce, Cleburne, Mineral Wells, the Dallas Ft. Worth area and at Weatherford’s own QXFM. In his career, the current voice of Woodward Boomers high school athletics has called six state championships in Texas, including girls’ basketball and softball.
Ace began his career in 1982, at KETR radio in Commerce at East Texas State University, (now Texas A&M-Commerce). He graduated from ETSU in 1987.
Little has won multiple awards for excellence in news and sports radio from the Texas Association of School Boards and was recognized with a Texas Senate and House Bill in 2011 for his 900th game broadcast. The bill was authored by State Representative Phil King.
“When I hit 900, I thought there was a chance to reach [this next milestone], and as it has gotten closer I’ve realized that ‘Yes, this is going to happen,’” Little said. “Woodward has been a good opportunity to broadcast a lot of games, with the football team going 8-4 last fall, and the boys’ basketball team heading to the playoffs, as well.”
Little has interviewed well-known coaches at the college level, including Mack Brown, David McWilliams, Grant Teaff and R.C. Slocum, as well as a plethora of accomplished high school coaches.
His long-term enthusiasm for high school and college sports has prompted congratulatory gestures from Texas Governor Rick Perry, and former President of the United States, George W. Bush, among other notables.
“I’ve been blessed and very lucky to be at the right places at the right times,” he said. “I’ve worked with some great people, including folks there in Weatherford. [Color analyst] John Hinton and I had a great run in that area, broadcasting football and all of those playoff basketball games for Brock.
“I’m not sure 2,000 is a realistic goal, but I would like to get to 1,500, or at least call another state title game.”
Little has carried his enthusiasm for high school sports with him to Oklahoma — along with his long-standing, never-yielding superstition — he never eats on a game day … until after the game, anyway.
Little’s 1,000th game broadcast will be the Woodward Boomers boys basketball game against Clinton High School on Friday night.