Kicking off football season in Walker County

James Phillips
Posted 7/16/17

The start of high school football season generates a buzz across Walker County. There’s really nothing like it.

As a way to usher in the beginning of the high school football season, the Daily Mountain Eagle has organized the inaugural Walker …

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Kicking off football season in Walker County

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The start of high school football season generates a buzz across Walker County. There’s really nothing like it.

As a way to usher in the beginning of the high school football season, the Daily Mountain Eagle has organized the inaugural Walker County Media Day, which will be held Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warehouse 319. All head football coaches from the schools in Walker County area scheduled to be at Media Day, and each coach will be bringing two players.

The Walker County Media Day will be similar to what took place in Hoover last week at SEC Media Days, only on a much smaller scale. Each coach will have time to speak about their expectations on the upcoming season, and media members in attendance will have an allotted time to ask questions to the coaches and the players.

The Daily Mountain Eagle plans on Media Day becoming an annual event. In 2016, the Eagle published its first-ever Walker County Playbook, which was a magazine that featured in-depth previews on each of our area teams. This event is an extension of that Playbook idea. While our sports department is currently compiling information for the 2017 Walker County Playbook, bringing the coaches all to a central location makes it easier on our staff to gather some of that information. It also provides a way that our readers can be engaged in that process. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend, and we are encouraging fans and parents to come support their teams.

For the first time in nearly a decade, I attended SEC Media Days this past week. That event has grown so much since my days as a sports writer in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

When I first attended, I remember seeing one old school reporter carrying a typewriter with him. Most all of us carried reporter notepads. These days, it is laptops or tablets everywhere. Television coverage during my early years at SEC Media Days was pretty much local stations with some mentions on ESPN. Now, there is wall-to-wall coverage on the SEC Network and constant footage on ESPN. 20 years ago, I wouldn’t have had a clue what a blogger is. In 2017, there are bloggers everywhere you look.

With that being said, people in Walker County want information on their favorite high school team just as much as college football fans want the latest news on their team.

The Daily Mountain Eagle works extremely hard to be THE SOURCE for high school football in our area. That work ethic is what led us to start the Walker County Playbook. It is also why we began producing schedule poster in 2016 and will continue that this year, and the idea of Walker County Media Day has grown from that as well.

I’ll be serving as moderator for Monday’s Media Day, while the Eagle sports crew will be there to ask questions to the coaches. We have also invited local radio as well as Birmingham area television, radio and newspapers to the event. We want our local coaches and players to feel just as important as the SEC guys the see on television.

If you can’t make it out to Warehouse 319 for the event, it will be streamed live on the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Facebook page and broadcast live on Jasper radio station WJLX 101.5-FM.

James Phillips is editor and publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He may be reached at 205-221-2840 or james.phillips@mountaineagle.com.