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The Voice Of The Yellow Jackets
The Voice Of The Yellow Jackets

By James Combs
Lake Today
2004
Updated: Monday, December 12, 2016, 8:55 p.m.

The mark of the best broadcasters is when teams and cities become defined by their voices. In Boston,
it's former Celtics basketball broadcaster Johnny Most, In Chicago, it was the late Cubs announcer
Harry Caray.

But in tiny Leesburg, a town with a population of roughly 16,000, it's unquestionably the Leesburg High
School Yellow Jackets'
play-by-play man Jack Wilson. His soothing voice has been a staple at varsity
football, basketball and baseball games for 40 years. Thousands of sports fans have tuned into WLBE
790 AM throughout the years to listen to the legendary voice of the Yellow Jackets.

"He has a mellow, calming voice that demands your attention," said Jack Mitchell, who began
broadcasting games with Wilson in 1978 before recently stepping down. "He has a unique ability to
explain things and discuss it in a way that everyone can understand."

For Jack, the journey began back in 1964 when a general manager of the radio station approached him
about broadcasting LHS games. "I told him that I didn't know anything about it," he said. "But I thoroughly
enjoyed it the first time, and the rest is history."

A barber for 48 years in downtown Leesburg, Jack is now 73. He's seriously considering whether or not
to retire following the 2004 baseball season. "This will probably be my last year," he said. "forty years is
enough. It's not easy to quit, and I'll certainly miss it. The reason I've done this for so many years is
because of the kids."

Jack loved the kids more than anything else. But he's also seen plenty of great coaches. Hubert O.
Dabney and Mike Semanchik immediately come to mind. And then there's Buddy Lowe, who led LHS to
the 1977 state championship in baseball. "I still often talk to Buddy to this day," he said. "He brought me
a lot of business because he required his players' hair to be cut short. They called it the 'Buddy Lowe
Special.'"

Perhaps his proudest moment occurred in 1981. That's when he and five other community members
raised money for a new football stadium. "the called us the 'Silly Six' because they said we couldn't raise
enough money," Jack said.

Now, the press boxes at the football and baseball stadiums are appropriately named 'Jack Wilson
Press Box.' One thing is certain; listening to Jack on the radio has made following Yellow Jacket sports
an enjoyable experience for LHS fans.



This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com