Clemson Sports Talk History
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Lawton Swann has been involved in podcasting Clemson Tiger sports since 2004. In the fall of '04 Lawton created the original Clemson sports podcast, TigerNet Talk. As far as we can tell, it was the first Clemson sports podcast in the world! Lawton didn't have any experience in the business, but he knew that he wanted to start something new for Tiger fans around the world. Ever since that first show, he has been hooked on talking about Clemson Tiger sports.
It wasn't long before TigerNet Talk was receiving thousands of downloads per week. The show ran during football season, but Lawton always wanted to expand the coverage. In the fall of 2008, Lawton expanded the show to cover Clemson Tiger basketball in a segment called, "Beyond the Arc".
In the spring of 2008, Lawton was contacted by CRM sports to come on board with their program Clemson Hotline. Clemson Hotline was in it's infancy at that time, but Lawton jumped at the opportunity to be on the radio. Clemson Hotline originally ran on 1400 The Team in Columbia, but changed its flagship station in the fall of 2008 to the former 93.1 ESPN radio affiliate.
In 2009 Clemson Hotline returned to 1400 The Team and added multiple affiliates around the state of South Carolina. The show could be heard around the entire state and the interest was beginning to grow.
In 2012 El Swann Media made the decision to start broadcasting TigerNet Talk and Clemson Hotline LIVE on the internet for fans of our shows. After evaluating the different services available, Lawton felt Vokle met the needs of the program. Once debuting on Vokle, his shows climbed to #1 on the Staff Picks page. In late 2012 Vokle began experiencing issues and Lawton decided to move to Spreecast. Since joining Spreecast, TigerNet Talk has made another quick rise in the rankings. Lawton's brand is often featured on Spreecast's front page.
In the summer of 2013 Lawton's new show "Clemson Sports Talk" debuted on SportsRadio 560 The Team July 15, 2013 at 6:00PM. The two hour show dedicated to Clemson Sports will is simulcast around the world on iHeart Radio. TigerNet Talk moved to Sunday nights at 9PM and merged with Clemson Hotline.
Lawton's guest list includes former Tigers DeAndre Hopkins, Woody Dantzler, C.J. Spiller, Da'Quan Bowers, Micheal Dean Perry, Perry Tuttle, Danny Ford, Bobby Bowden, and many more. Every Clemson player who joins the show goes through "The Clemson Ten". This is a unique set of questions that Lawton asks former players. The show also includes national and local guests such as, Tim Brando, Mark Packer, David Hood, Aaron Brenner, David Glenn, and others.
In January 2014, in a partnership with iSmart Mobile Marketing, the Clemson Sports Talk Application was released for iPhones, iPads, and Android operating systems. It is an exciting time for Lawton and he hopes you will join him on this amazing ride. "I couldn't do it without you all."
On March 16, 2014 The State ran an article featuring Clemson Sports Talk titled "All Clemson, (Almost) All The Time" written by Bob Gillespie. On July 15, 2014 Clemson Sports Talk celebrated it's first year on the airwaves in Columbia. The First Annual "Swanny Awards" were given out on air. The full show can be heard below.
- Clemson Sports Talk -- Monday - Friday, 6-8PM on Fox Sports Radio 1400
- TigerNet Talk -- Sunday, 9PM on Clemson Sports Talk and TigerNet
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