GREENVILLE – The curtain came down on a labor of love spanning 28 years with Dr. Alex Warner and Ty House at the microphone covering Greenville City Schools boys and Lady Wave basketball as well as Green Wave Friday Night TV football coverage.
The voices of the Green Wave have had supportive wives over their 28 years of broadcasting, Warner the husband of Kathy Warner, and House the husband of Lita House.
“We have a little mixed emotions on this,” said Dr. Alex Warner. “When we’ve done it so long we’ve just gotten used to getting into the rhythm of it and knowing the kids, the coaches, and things like that but on the other hand we’re both excited about the possibility of going to see our grandchildren play and that’s going to take precedence – so we had a good run.”
“We thought maybe we would do it the first year,” Warner added. “Ty’s son was a senior and we did the three games. We had so much fun, we fed off of each other so well that we thought let’s try it again next year. Then Mark Bixler got involved and we went with Mark for a while and then just kept going.”
“It was a great time,” Ty House added. “We’ve had a blast.”
In their heyday, the duo could be seen and heard on Greenville Public Access Television Channel Five (GPAT 5).
“Our viewership went down when we lost Public Access TV,” Warner shared.
“We’ve had a great time the last 28 years,” House stated. “We saw some teams, good players both Greenville and good teams coming in. We’ve had the opportunity to do that both women and men.”
“It truly has been a labor of love,” House continued. “We do appreciate all the support we have received from the fans.”
“We get quite a bit of support,” added Warner.
When questioned about a new crew taking over the reins of broadcasting Greenville games, both Warner and House agreed they would be in favor of a new crew.
“It doesn’t bother me one bit,” said House. “It’s fine with us,” Warner added.
“It would kind of be like following Woody Hayes or Bo Schembechler,” Warner said with a big smile.
“Marty and Joe – you have to fill these big shoes,” House added with a grin.
The ever-jovial Ty House had one final apology to hand out to the community following the final TV production.
“The thing I am really sad about is we weren’t able to give all the cards and signed letters and pictures to everybody – we’ve got requests and requests,” House said with a chuckle. “We just could not get them out to everybody so I want to go on record Alex and I apologize for not getting you those.”
Warner and House went out on a high note with a 43-30 Lady Wave senior night win over the Piqua Lady Indians in their final career broadcast.