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Troy Dreyfus

Dreyfus graduated East Carolina University in 1994 with a degree in Communications. His radio career began as a sportscaster at WZMB, the campus radio station. Some of Dreyfus' past accomplishments included being elected as Vice-President of the ECU Student Body in 1993, Founding President of ECU's SAE fraternity chapter, founding member and vice-president ECU Student Pirate Club. Dreyfus has 15-plus years of marketing and sales experience. Troy also currently hosts the popular Live@Five each weekday in addition to The Press Box program on Pirate Radio 1250.

Jonathan Ellerbe

Ellerbe also is a graduate from East Carolina University with a degree in Communications in 1997. While attending ECU, Ellerbe was an intern at the ECU Athletic Department, Sales Director of WZMB, active in Student Government Association & in Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Ellerbe has 11-plus years of marketing and sales experience. Ellerbe also co-hosts Live@Five and The Miller Lite Sports Bar program on Pirate Radio 1250.

Jeff Charles

Jeff Charles is the host of “The Morning Drive” every weekday morning on Pirate Radio 1250 & 930 from 7am-8am.  “The Morning Drive” is a fast paced and live morning show with updates on local news, sports, weather, traffic, plus a variety of daily features In addition to “The Morning Drive”, Jeff Charles is also the host a one-hour weekly sports show “From the Booth” every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm and the host of the “UBE Pirate Preview” every home football Saturday from 9am-10am.  This will be the fourth consecutive year for both of these programs on Pirate Radio. Jeff Charles begins his 19th year as the play-by-play “Voice of the Pirates.” Charles, who received the 2000 North Carolina Sportscaster-of-the-Year Award, handled play-by-play duties for Virginia Tech, Illinois, and Furman prior to becoming the "Voice of the Pirates". He also served as sports director at WSB in Atlanta where he was the night-time host of a sports talk show heard throughout 38 states and Canada on the 50,000-watt clear channel station. Charles also works selected college basketball games for FOX television. He and his wife, Debby, reside in Greenville.

Shirley Rhodes

Shirley Rhodes has been a part of the Pirate Radio 1250 and 930 family since its inception in 2003.  She is currently the Program Director and Production Manger.  She is also involved behind the scenes with shows like the Budweiser Pregame Tailgate and the Bill Clark Homes 5th Quarter Postgame Call-In Show. Currently, she assists Jeff Charles in the Morning Drive, a daily morning show on Pirate Radio.  Shirley is a native of Pitt County and is a 1997 graduate of Barton College in Wilson, NC.  There she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and served in the Disciples of Christ Student Union.  She has a strong background in sports, both as a former athlete at Farmville Central High School and working with the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Barton.  She has assisted Jeff Charles in production work for the Pirate Sports Radio Network during football and basketball seasons in the past.  Shirley still resides in her hometown of Farmville, NC.

Allen Thomas

Allen is the co-host of The Overton’s Locker Room and the Pirate Radio ECU Football Pre-Game and Post Game Shows.  Allen also makes regular guest appearances during Live @ Five.  Allen is a native of Eastern North Carolina and a graduate of East Carolina University.  Allen got a degree in business and was Student Body President at ECU.  Allen was the founder and former director of Jefferson Pilot Sports Online Division:, founder IQMAX Technology based in Charlotte and founder and architect of ECU's grassroots advocacy effort Purple Alert. Currently: external advocacy consultant, legislative lobbying/consulting and real estate development.

Brian North

Brian North is a regular on many Pirate Radio local programs and writes weekly articles on  Brian was born and raised in upstate New York in the small town of Hartford. Brian graduated Cum laude from James Madison University in 1992 with a major in Communications, a concentration in broadcasting, and a minor in Coaching.  Brian was hired at WCTI in September of 1998 as The sports director and has enjoyed every minute of it, and looks forward to bringing everyone all the great sports moments that happen In Eastern North Carolina.

Chris Stansbury

Chris Stansbury is the co-host of the Overton's Locker Room, with Allan Thomas, as well as contributor to  Chris has been the Public Information Officer for the New Bern Police Department since 2004.  Prior to joining the police department, Chris spent two plus years with FOX 17 in Nashville, Tennessee as weekend sports anchor and sports reporter.  Before heading west, Chris spent 9 years with WNCT-TV 9 in Greenville, NC as photographer to reporter to sports anchor/reporter.
Chris is a five time Associated Press Sports Award Winner and 2001 Emmy Award Winner for Best Sportscast.  Chris was born and raised in Southern Maryland, attended East Carolina University in 1989 and has made a home in the heart of Pirate Country. Chris is married to his beautiful wife, Terri and they have two sons.

Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is a regular co-host on The Press Box on Pirate Radio & is also a special correspondent to many other programs on the Pirate Radio.  Brian also is the Sports Director and 6pm and 11pm sports anchor for Eyewitness News Nine. He joined WNCT-TV in October of 1984 and was promoted to Sports Director in April of 1986. Brian's sports casting career began in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he broadcast high school football and basketball games for local radio and cable television.

Brian is a ten-time award winner by the North Carolina Associated Press. He was named the Professional Broadcaster of the Year by East Carolina University in 1988.

Brian Meador

Brian Meador is a regular on The Press Box on Pirate Radio and writes weekly articles on  Brian lives and breathes sports, especially Pirate athletics!  He is a native of Fuquay-Varina and a graduate of East Carolina University. Brian has worked in the Eastern Carolina television market, most of it in sports, for over 10 years, and is currently the weekend sports anchor for WITN-7.

Billy Weaver

Billy Weaver writes weekly articles on and is a regular during Pirate Radio's ECU's Game Day Coverage and Local Sports Shows.

You might say Billy Weaver has purple and gold in his blood. That's because Billy attended East Carolina University from 1991 to 1993 and is a die-hard ECU Pirate fan.

Billy has worked in sports since 1993. It was in 1998, that Billy came back to Eastern Carolina, following his affection for ECU sports and his desire to work as sports director WITN-TV, the official station of the ECU Pirates. He has been honored for his work by winning a North Carolina Associated Press award for best sports feature.

He currently anchors WITN-7 Sports on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts and also serves as color commentator for East Carolina basketball, football and baseball.

Billy is married and lives in Greenville with his family. He and his wife, Kim, have two children, Ashton and Kaitlyn.

A Pirate's Life for Me!

A Pirate's Life for Me!  is a half-hour radio program featuring interviews with East Carolina alumni and information about upcoming alumni events throughout the country. Listen Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. locally in eastern North Carolina on Pirate Radio 1250 & 930 AM or worldwide on the internet at

About your co-hosts:

Paul J. Clifford

Paul J. Clifford is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and the Executive Vice President of the East Carolina Alumni Association. He is responsible for directing a program that offers programs, services, and communications to 120,000 Pirate Alumni worldwide.

Paul resides in Greenville with his wife, Jenne, and their three children, Aidan, Avery, and Abigail. He is a 1996 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where he was recognized as the 2005 Outstanding Young Alumnus.

Jennifer Watson

Jennifer is part of the Membership and Marketing team for the Alumni Association. Her primary roles include writing Alumni Association publications such as PiratePulse and The Pirate’s Chantey, promoting the Alumni Association’s activities through various media outlets, and overseeing content for member communications.

An eastern North Carolina girl, Jennifer grew up in Kinston and graduated from Barton College in Wilson with a degree in Communications. Prior to joining the Alumni Relations staff Jennifer worked in Institutional Advancement at Barton. She and her husband, Chris, live in Greenville, and enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with family.