Jim Szoke

Jim Szoke is the sports director here at WBT. Szoke joined WBT in 1989. He left briefly in 2000 and then came back in 2005.

Szoke joined WBT in 1989.

He left briefly in 2000 and then came back in 2005 and has been with the station ever since.

Szoke is a color commentator, pregame show host and the preseason play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Panthers since the franchise began in 1995.

Szoke also co-hosts "Primetime in the ACC" which airs Wednesday nights on WBT from Learfield Sports.

He has been the radio play-by-play voice for the Charlotte 49ers and Davidson College basketball.

Szoke's voice has also been heard on the national stage as a  play-by-play commentator for TV and radio.

He has a Journalism degree from Bowling Green State University.

Szoke is married to his wonderful wife Sandra and they have five kids.

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    November 09, 2017 - 7:51 am

    While the Panthers top-ranked defense is rightfully grabbing a lot of the headlines, Carolina’s special teams units are also among the best in the NFL.

    Kicker Graham Gano has not only...

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    November 03, 2017 - 7:50 am

    As the Panthers embark on the second half of their regular season, they so without their top receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who was traded earlier this week to Buffalo for a pair of picks in next year'...

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    October 19, 2017 - 6:55 am

    The Panthers are back on the road for the next two weeks beginning with Sunday’s game at Chicago on WBT.

    That means a visit with former Panthers coach John Fox and his (2-4) Bears.

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    September 28, 2017 - 8:29 am

    The Panthers defense shifts its attention from one future Hall of Fame QB in Drew Brees to arguably the greatest to ever play the position in Tom Brady.  

    Brady has led the New England...

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    September 21, 2017 - 7:12 am

    In the NFL, the phrase "next man up" of course refers to a back-up player being promoted due to the player in front of him getting injured.

    In the Panthers case, 8-year veteran Ed Dickson...

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    September 14, 2017 - 8:01 am

    Last Sunday, the Panthers opened their season with a nice road win against the San Francisco 49ers.  

    The defense led the way with 4 QB sacks in the first half.  The first one was courtesy...

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    August 29, 2017 - 4:23 pm

    It’s the 4th and final pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night on WBT, and two punters are going down to the wire for a job.

    The starters are pretty well set for...

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    August 22, 2017 - 4:03 pm

    The Panthers have two more preseason games to go as they make their final evaluations for the 53-man roster to start the regular season.

    One of the players vying for a back-up role is LB,...

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    August 15, 2017 - 2:04 pm

    By: Jim Szoke

    The Panthers have had a number of homecomings already this season.  GM Marty Hurney is back, along with future hall-of-famer Julius Peppers. 

    There are also some...

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    August 07, 2017 - 9:05 am

    By: Jim Szoke

    After two seasons spent mostly on the Panthers practice squad, WR Damiere Byrd is looking to land a full-time role on the final 53 man roster this year. 

    The...

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