David "Smoaky" Smoak
David Smoak has over three decades of experience covering sports in Texas and is a graduate of Tyler Junior College ('79) and Stephen F. Austin State University ('81).
"Smoaky" became the program director and talk show host for ESPN-Central Texas (AM1660, 100.9FM, 106.9FM) in June, 2010 after spending the spring of 2010 at ESPN Radio in Dallas.
Smoak began his radio career in January, 1990, and hosted Sports Talk, a three-hour afternoon show on KTBB Radio in Tyler through July, 2009. He has hosted his talk show from Dallas Cowboys Training Camp, Texas Rangers Training Camp, The Masters, NCAA Final Four, NBA Finals, NFL Draft, Big 12 Basketball Tournament, numerous college football bowl games, and every Super Bowl but one since Super Bowl XXVII (January, 1993).
He began his career in television, at KTRE-TV in Lufkin. He spent the first ten years of his career working in television fulltime, including what became a long stretch with KLTV-TV, Channel 7 (1984-1996). He became the lead sports anchor on KETK-NBC56 and KFXK-Fox 51 from February, 1997-February, 2000. He did some television analyst work for CBS-19 in Tyler from February, 2005-June, 2009. David's professional awards include the Associated Press Awards for Best Radio Sports Talk Show, Best Radio Play-By-Play, Best Television Sportscast, Best Television Sports Feature, and Best Television Serious Feature.
In 1988, David's human interest feature "Jamie's Season", won national acclaim, when he documented the final days of Jamie Sexson, the ball boy of the Marshall High School football team, who eventually lost his battle with Leukemia.
Smoak was the Founder and Chairman of "David Smoak's Scholastic All-Stars" Program from January, 1990 thru June, 2009. The program honored the best high school student-athletes throughout greater- East Texas.
When David arrived in Central Texas, his first goal was to establish a similar program, “David Smoak’s Academic All-Stars” that has honored the best high school student-athletes in greater-Central Texas for the past two years.
Smoak was honored by Tyler Junior College with their "Spirit Award," as part of their annual Circle of Honor Ceremony, and he's a member of the Selection Committee for both the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America.
David has been married to his wife, Cindy, since March, 1981 and they have two children, Craig, who is also in the broadcast business on 99.3TalkFM in Tyler/Longview and Jennifer, a graduate of Texas Tech University, who works at Pillar Income, an Asset Management Company in Dallas.
Meet Paul Catalina
Paul Catalina came to ESPN Central Texas as an intern in 2005. His first co-hosting job was with Steve Fallon on Hall of Fame Sports Talk. In 2007, Hall of Fame Sports Talk became The Starting Line and Paul was joined by Vince Erickson and Jerry Hill. In 2009, Paul joined You Make the Call with Tom Barfield and Butch Henry.
Paul has also been the play by play voice of University Trojan Football and Mexia Blackcat Football. As well as contributing to Baylor Football pre-game shows over the past few seasons.
A 2002 graduate of Florida State University, Paul came to Waco from Tampa, Florida. He has lived in 6 states (Tennessee, Pennsylvania, California, Louisiana, Florida, and Texas). After college, he hit the road as a stand up comic. Needing the steady paycheck that a real job provided, he came to Waco to be closer to his family.
Paul’s mother, Lana, lives in Waco as does his sister Laura with her husband, Brandon Lilley, her two sons Luke and Leo and her two step daughters Hana and Angelica. He also has a chocolate lab named Woodrow. Paul is a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox. He comes from a long line of Texas A&M Aggies, but has grown to love the Baylor Bears in his time in Central Texas.
Meet Butch Henry
Butch Henry, “The Icon,” is a Central Texas Legend. One of the great Little League Coaches in Central Texas history, he joined Tom Barfield as a co-host on The Ticket almost 15 years ago. The longest tenured staple of “You Make the Call” was also the subject of the 1st ever Texas Sports Hall of Fame Roast in 2005. Butch is a 1963 graduate of Baylor University. His wife, Barbara, has been the show’s wardrobe coordinator since it’s inception.
Often referred to as “The 6th Beatle,” (Billy Preston is the 5th) Butch has a long list of accolades.
- Police often question him, just because they find him interesting.
- “Sharks Have a week dedicated to him.”
- If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there.
- He once spent an entire year in silence, just to better understand the sound of a whisper.
- His personality is so magnetic, he is unable to carry credit cards.
- His charm is so contagious, vaccines we’re created for it.
- Years ago, he created a city out of blocks. Today over 600,000 people live and work there.
- His legend precedes him, the way lightning precedes thunder.
- His reputation is expanding, faster then the universe.
- He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.
- If he were to punch you in the face, you’d have to fight off the urge to thank him.
- He is a lover not a fighter, but he is also a fighter so do not get any ideas
- He once taught a German Shepard how to bark in Russian