Once a month, there is a standing appointment for Marsh Regional Blood Center to speak with the hosts of the Supertalk Morning Show. With me representing the former and Scotty Campbell representing the latter, Scotty and I have quickly gotten to know each other. Take a minute to meet Scotty and hear about everything from his wrestling to his faith and time in politics. You will be glad you did!
BRIAN: Scotty, thanks for taking time to talk with me. I always start by asking folks to talk about what it was like growing up and, while you are at it, can you talk a little about why you love this region and the people so much?
SCOTTY: I grew up in Mountain City and Johnson County, TN. My father, Lynn, was a Tennessee State Trooper in Johnson and Sullivan Counties, my mother, Shirley worked as a nurse. The combination of their careers helped lead me to where I am today. At times my father drove politicians around, listened to SuperTalk 92.9, and my mother listened to 96.9 WXBQ as we were riding to school daily.
When I was 15 I started working in local radio and would run calls with the Johnson County Rescue Squad as a junior member and volunteer for local fire departments. I went on to become a licensed paramedic, now former member of the TN House of Representatives (I represented Johnson and part of Sullivan County), and ultimately came back home to radio. My first love, if you will.
The people of this region have been very kind to me and helped me to achieve goals. Those goals have been of course one at a time and through dedication and the support of other people here at home. Dreams or goals… the words are interchangeable to me.
BRIAN: Now, this question isn’t in the normal set of things that I ask people, so let me preface it. My first cousin Brandon is the former local wrestling champ known as Rough Rider and former champs Robbie Cassidy and Nick Hammond are friends of mine. I know you love wrestling, please tell people how you got into being a fan and how they can go see a match.
SCOTTY: Professional wrestling is one of life’s greatest breaks from reality. This is one of the world’s last true variety shows. As a child WCW and WWF were the top brands of wrestling on television. SMW was a regional promotion that was on WCYB and held many shows in this area including frequent stops at Freedom Hall in Johnson City. The larger than life characters drew me to those performances on tv and directed me to venues to see the action live. My parents were very gracious in taking the time to see that I was able to go to several shows growing up.
Be kind, please rewind. I was a regular at the “Movie Place” in Mountain City where I rented VHS tapes to see old-school NWA wrestling and 1980’s WWF.
I stopped watching for a number of years and focused on career, education, etc… around 2003 I attended a legends show promoted by Tony Hunter in Lenoir, NC. That allowed me to meet many of the people that I watched including “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Morton of the Rock and Roll Express, Jim Cornette, and many others. That led to me going to legends conventions to meet the childhood icons including Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Ric Flair.
In 2013 I appeared live on WWE Monday Night RAW on USA Network. That is the longest running weekly episodic television show in history. I was in the ring with “Tons of Funk” which was Brodus Clay, Sweet T (Tensai), Naomi, and Cameron. The show was live from North Charleston, SC. We danced for millions to see across the country and around the world. No, I can’t dance well… To have been in the backstage area for several hours and to have been in the “Gorilla position” (just behind the curtain at the arena) with Vince McMahon, HHH, and Scott Armstrong is a memory that I will always cherish. To be in a WWE ring and put smiles on people’s faces was a dream come true.
There are local wrestling promotions that put on shows in this area and offer entertainment for people of all ages.
BRIAN: When I was a kid my great aunt would take me to gospel singings on Friday night and then my Grandmother would take me to wrestling on Saturday, so it is possible to enjoy both the church and the square circle. How big of a role does your faith play in everyday life for you?
SCOTTY: You certainly can mix wrestling and church… thanks for the idea. My faith is grounded in hope. The words “no more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there” mean more as the years go by. I love southern gospel music especially when performed by quartets like The Cathedral Quartet and Tribute Quartet. A good bass and a high tenor bring a smile to my face.
BRIAN: Now, one area I don’t know a great deal about your family. I know there are several rabbits and you would not object to a puppy at this point. Are there people who live there as well?
SCOTTY: My family is mostly in Johnson County and I live in Bristol primarily to be closer to the radio station. The household includes two cats and four indoor rabbits. The rabbits require a lot of attention and clean-up. All of the “babies” are near and dear to our hearts. Tiffany and I are considering adopting a puppy or a fully grown (small/medium) dog to add to the household. The give and take in a relationship are important so maybe we can bring another pet into the petting zoo.
BRIAN: Finally, you actually moved back to the area a little while back, all the way from Nashville. You were given an opportunity to work in radio here and it seems like you love it. Tell folks about the show, the station and how they can find and follow you online.
SCOTTY: Working in radio and government in Nashville are great experiences where I learned a great deal about both. Those experiences helped lead me home. I returned to the airwaves here September 1, 2016. I am happy to be back home and have loved radio since I was very young. Music and the conversation on radio helped lure me to the speakers – and help keep me listening.
I host the SuperTalk Morning Show on SuperTalk 92.9 WFHG. We talk local, state, and national issues including news, politics, and many real-life stories. We love to allow callers from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to speak about what is on their mind. We also love to laugh and try to lighten the mood as a lot of the topics can get serious. Our guests have included Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell, Former Governor of Tennessee Don Sundquist, Jim Cornette, Ron Simmons of the College Football Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, and a variety of others.
I return to provide traffic reports to the people of the area from 3pm – 6pm weekdays. You can hear me on SuperTalk 92.9 WFHG and “The Tri-Cities Traffic Station” 96.9 WXBQ.
I grew up listening to these radio stations and am happy to be home and a part of the daily lives of so many people.