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Wando's title run also a milestone for man behind the microphone

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – It's been a history-making run for the Wando boys' basketball team and their first trip to the state title has been quite a journey.

But those at home in Charleston can listen to the game on the road on ESPN Radio. When Ted Byrne takes the microphone, it will be a milestone in a very different journey.

For a guy who's called hundreds of games, there is something special about Friday night.

"It's fun, exciting. I love high school sports and I get a chance to call history," he said.

His trip to the microphone is a good bit longer than the hundred-mile drive up Interstate 26 to Columbia the Warriors will make. That's because Byrne is just now settling back into his old life behind the mic.

He's been absent for the last year and a half.

"I feel energized. I kind of got a shot of adrenaline to do this," he said. "I like to say I have cancer, cancer doesn't have me. That's my mentality getting through it. You can get through anything if you have a strong will and a strong mind."

That's a bit of an understatement. In September 2012, Byrne was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins large cell lymphoma.

"I'm in remission now – that's the good news. The bad news is it can't be cured, but they can treat it. I can either roll up in a ball or have a linebacker mentality with my head on a swivel – that's what I've chosen to do," he said.

Three surgeries and several chemotherapy treatments have zapped Byrne's hair, but luckily for Warriors fans everywhere, his voice is still intact.

"Sports is a great outlet for me. It's getting me through much of this. It's gotten me through life, really," Byrne said.

Byrne is back. He's a longtime Mount Pleasant resident who knows what this game means to the community.

"I am feeling recharged, regenerated like I have another purpose – to do this game," Byrne said. "Once the buzzer sounds and the game is over on Friday, I may be wiped – I'm certain I will – but the show must go on and we'll try to give you a good one."

Wando takes on Hillcrest at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Columbia. Byrne can be heard calling the play-by-play on 98.9.

  • Scott Eisberg

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