- After spending the last 38 years as a trusted source of
information about Auburn University's athletics, Phil Snow
is ready for a change.
of Southern Mississippi grad will step down from his duties
as sports director at WSFA radio in Montgomery, Ala., the
station where he has broadcasted scores and game highlights
to sports fans throughout the state. Snow admits that even
though he is "semi-retiring," Auburn fans will not
be left out in the cold. He will continue to do his weekly
football show, Auburn Football Review, which he has done for
more than 25 years.
just reached a point where I didn't want to do regular work,
but I didn't want to give up everything," said Snow,
who graduated from Southern Miss in 1959.
broadcasting was a field to which Snow was naturally drawn.
The former high school football and tennis star loved sports
and followed athletics during his college years at Southern
was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, where Sam Tusa was
a member and a big player for the football team," he
said. "He always took care of us. I have some really
special memories of my time at Southern Miss. That's where
I met my future wife, Carolyn."
Snow was not directly involved in covering Golden Eagle athletics
during his college years, he received some training that helped
him develop his journalistic skills. As a student, he worked
at WBKH, a Hattiesburg radio station, as a top 40 disc jockey
and hosted a radio record show. Snow also started doing some
sports coverage for the local station. After graduating from
Southern Miss with a degree in journalism, Snow landed a job
covering sports for WKRG, a television station in Mobile,
in his career, when he began working in Auburn broadcasting,
Snow discovered a fellow Golden Eagle former quarterback
Doug Barfield, who was Auburn's head football coach. Barfield
was a year ahead of Snow at Southern Miss, and although the
two didn't know each other in college, they developed a friendship
through their association with Auburn football. Snow said
that experience added to the fulfillment he enjoyed while
covering Auburn athletics.
guess the best part of doing the Auburn football shows and
season reviews has been the chance to get to know all of these
players and coaches, and to make some really good friends,"
he said. "I've gotten the chance to become very close
to about five football coaches and about the same number of
is an elector for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, host of
the Alabama High School Hall of Fame and a Heisman trophy
elector. He also received the International Special Olympics
broadcasters award for his work with the George Lindsey Celebrity
weekend, which is more than 17 years old, and has raised $1.5
million for the Alabama Special Olympics program.
receiving accolades for his work, Snow also receives much
respect from those who know and work with him. "Phil
Snow is the epitome of the words class' and professionalism,'"
said David Housel, Auburn's athletic director.
on top of that, he is an outstanding human being, a man who
goes about trying to make the world a bit better, wherever
he is. As a professional, he walked the tight line of being
an objective sports director and, at the same time, host a
coach's TV show."
original story on Phil Snow was written by Judy Smith for
The Talon, a quarterly publication of the Southern Miss Alumni