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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    December 15, 2017 - 6:50 am

    Panthers defensive tackle Kyle Love has emerged as a force as part of the defensive line.

    Love has recorded a sack in each of the past two games against Minnesota and New Orleans and now has...

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    December 08, 2017 - 7:04 am

    Kevon (pronounced KEY-von) Seymour is definitely a key figure in the Panthers plans to slow down the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday on WBT.

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    November 30, 2017 - 8:15 pm

    It's Panthers vs. Saints week, and kickoff has been bumped back to 4:25 pm on WBT.

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    Former Carolina Panther, Damione Lewis, talks Panthers defense
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    November 26, 2017 - 7:12 am

    Damione Lewis played four of his 10 NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers as a defensive lineman.

    Originally a first round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2001, he played 2006-2009 with...

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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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