33rd Annual NC Watermelon Festival

August 1 - 4, 2018

Historic Downtown Murfreesboro, NC


The NC Watermelon Festival Committee is pleased to announce that Gattis Hodges has been selected as the 2016 Celebrity Marshal for the NC Watermelon Festival parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Murfreesboro.

Hodges is the current host of “Talkin Sports” on the First Media Radio Network. The show is in its 12th year and is the only local Sports Talk Show in the area. The show is broadcast on WDLZ 98.3 every Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.

A familiar face at Chowan University sports events, Hodges is the current “play by play” voice for Chowan Athletics and is in his 17th season in this capacity. He is also the current “play by play” voice on WDLZ for Hertford County High School Football (24th year), current “play by Play” voice on WPTM for Roanoke Rapids High School Baseball (7th season), and the PA announcer for Roanoke Rapids High School basketball.

A 1973 graduate of Northampton County High School, Hodges began his radio career in 1988 for WBCG 98.3 Murfreesboro as a sideline reporter for Chowan football and game analyst for basketball. He worked alongside former Chowan Sports Information Director/Softball Coach, Jack Goldberg. Hodges states that he “is proud to have worked alongside legendary Roanoke-Chowan radio voices Earl Telliga and the late Sammy Doughtie.”

Hodges’ broadcasting highlights include:

  • 21 NCHSAA & VHSL State Championship games
  • 3 Babe Ruth World Series tournaments, including three National Championship games
  • 2 CAA Baseball Tournaments
  • Several NCAA Tournament Basketball games
  • National JUCO Tournament games
  • Two Oyster Bowls
  • Interviews with Lefty Driesell, Dave Odom, Bobby Cremins, John Bunting, Chuck Amato, Phil Steele, David Cutcliffe, Bobby Wilder, Bob Burke, Nate McMillian, Jim Garrison, Terry Holland, Herb Sendek, Gary Hahn, Woody Durham, Bryant Stith, Fred Vinson and John Forslund

Professionally, Hodges is the Chemical Process Safety Manager at Georgia-Pacific in Conway having served in this capacity for 28 years. He is a longtime member at Potecasi Baptist Church, a member of the Board of Directors of Northeastern (NC) Safety Council, and a retired member of the Woodland Volunteer Fire Department (served 29 years).

Hodges has been married to Patricia Bryant Hodges for 41 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.