What started out as a 4H project may end up being a career for 10-year-old Will Dalton.
Will, at the suggestion of his grandmother, Mabel Tate, decided to try broadcasting athletic events at Carroll County High School as a 4H project.
“I’ve always liked sports, and my grandmother asked me if I would like to be on the radio,” said Will. “The first time I did it, I liked it, and I hope to keep doing it.”
The fifth grader at Gladesboro Elementary School thus far has broadcast CCHS baseball and basketball games for WXEZ 101.1 FM, but said basketball is his favorite because of the “fast-paced action.” His grandfather, Bill Tate, said he was amazed at his grandson’s ability to come up with the players’ names so quickly.
“I’ve memorized all the numbers and names, and pretty much have got it all down,” said Will.
When he’s not broadcasting games, Will hones his skills by broadcasting the games he’s watching on television.
“I pretend to broadcast the games on TV just to get better. It gives me more practice and experience. I want to keep advancing at every stage,” he said.
Will not only plays baseball, basketball and football, but is an outdoorsman. He shot his first deer, a doe, this past hunting season and caught a trophy smallmouth bass that weighed in at 4-pounds, 10-ounces.
However, Will’s talents don’t end there. He was awarded a first-place ribbon, in his age group, for his drawing ability during the last year’s Carroll County Art Show.
Despite his diverse interests, however, Will already thinks he knows what his future has in store.
“Broadcasting is what I want to do for a career,” he said.
Will is the son of Mike and Keisha Dalton.
Michael Howlett can be contacted at 276-728-7311