MURFREESBORO — The next edition of the ‘MTSU On the Record’ radio program will examine how the racial barrier in Southeastern Conference sports was broken.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with writer Andrew Maraniss will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org).
Maraniss is the author of “Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South.” The biography of former Vanderbilt University basketball star Perry Wallace chronicles Wallace’s 1967-1970 breakthrough as the first varsity African-American scholarship athlete in any sport in the SEC.
Maraniss will speak at MTSU at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the State Farm Lecture Hall in the Business and Aerospace Building. The event, which is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, is free and open to the public. A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking2015-16.
“(Wallace) told me that he would look at the Vanderbilt schedule before each season and look at the road trips he was about to take with the deepest sense of dread,” said Maraniss. “In his mind, he would imagine …the worst thing that could happen on one of these trips. In his mind, it was to get shot and killed out on the court during a game or around town before or after a game.”
The author was a recipient of the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice sportswriting scholarship at Vanderbilt. After graduating in 1992, he worked for five years as his alma mater’s associate director of media relations for athletics.
Following a stint as media relations manager for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays of Major League Baseball in 1998, he returned to Nashville to join the public relations firm of McNeely Pigott & Fox, where he still works today.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://www.mtsunews.com and click the “more” link under “Audio Clips.”
For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.