Sports Radio Personality Jim Seay Spoke to St. Andrews Rotary in Columbia Nov. 6, 2012

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Dec 022012


On 6 November 2012, Jim Seay spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club about his career in sports broadcasting. Jim is a native of Columbia graduating from Columbia High School, before his career took him to Virginia and Texas.

Seay is an award winning announcer, recognized by both the Coaches Association and the National Motorsports Association. Jim developed a life-long working relationship with Bob Fulton, Voice of the Gamecocks, helping Fulton produce a compilation of the best calls of Fulton’s Gamecock announcing career. Jim worked as a public address announcer for seven University of South Carolina sports teams for more than 20 years.

Jim still broadcasts and is the owner of Information On Hold, an audio service provider.

St. Andrews Rotary in Columbia Enjoys Program on History of Steam Locomotives in SC

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Sep 072012

On 4 September 2012, Rodger Stroup, Ph.D., spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club in Columbia about the history of steam locomotives in the Midlands and elsewhere in South Carolina, and especially their close link to the granite quarries extending from the Winnsboro area to the Piedmont.

Club Treasurer REBECCA WILSON(left), speaker RODGER STROUP (center), and Club President MISTY GOLDINER (right).

Dr. Stroup is a native of St. Louis, MO. He grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated with a B.A. degree in history from Wofford College in 1968. After serving as a 1st Lt. in the Army from 1968-1970, Dr. Stroup received an M.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1980 where he studied Southern and South Carolina History. Thereafter, Dr. Stroup served as the Director/ Curator of the Historic Columbia Foundation, 1974-1979.

Later, Dr. Stroup served in 1979-1997 as the first curator of history for the South Carolina State Museum. Initially he served as the museum’s first curator of history responsible for collecting, researching, and development of exhibits for the opening of the museum in 1988.  From 1989-1997 Dr. Stroup served as deputy director responsible for all collections-related activities.

Later Dr. Stroup worked with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1997-2009, where he was responsible for all aspects of the operation of the State Archives and serves as State Historic Preservation Officer.

Dr. Stroup is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and numerous professional organizations, and has served on a variety of state and community boards including the Heritage Trust Advisory Board of the Department of Natural Resources, the Old Exchange Commission, and the Drayton Hall Advisory Council.  He is the past chairman of the South Carolina Archives & History Foundation and is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Columbia, South Carolina’s largest Rotary Club.

Since retiring in August 2009, Dr. Stroup remains active in several history organizations, including serving as a member of the board of directors for the International African American Museum being developed in Charleston, volunteers at the South Carolina State Museum and the Historic Columbia Foundation, serves as the representative of the American Association for State and Local History on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and currently is the curator of the South Carolina Railroad Museum, the superintendent of railroad operations and a certified conductor on the museum’s railroad, the Rockton, Rion & Western Railroad. For more information on the SC Railroad Museum and upcoming steam train ride dates, go to

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