Locker Room presented by County National Bank is the weekly JTV Sports magazine show covering all area high school athletics during the school year. In the summer, Locker Room focuses on the area’s two top sports: golf and auto racing. Each week we feature game highlights, interviews with athletes and coaches; the Ductz of Mid Michigan High School Scholar Athlete of the Week and commentary from the JTV Sports crew.
JTV Sports Announcers
Joel Freehling got his start on JTV after winning a local sports writing competition. He is a Navy veteran, holds a BA from Bowling Green State University, and an MA from Michigan State University. When not covering Jackson area athletics he works at the Jackson Area Career Center, serves on the Spring Arbor Township board and volunteers with the Cascades Humane Society. During his time with JTV he has enjoyed getting to know the area’s sports scene and showcase local athletes and teams. He has lived in Jackson since 2001 with his wife Paula and can unequivocally state that he has never deflated a football to effect the outcome of a game.
Josh Burgett is Executive Director, Community Engagement & Corporate Citizenship at Consumers Energy. Previously, Josh served as the Director of the Michigan Land Bank, part of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. Josh spent ten years with the Corporate Partnerships team at Michigan International Speedway. Josh is a native of Grass Lake and graduated from Grass Lake High School in 2000. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sport management at Siena Heights University, was a member of the baseball team and twice earned All-Conference honors. He was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award for the Siena Heights University Sport Management program in 2004. He completed his master’s degree in athletic administration from Eastern Michigan University.
Jim is originally from Mt. Clemens Michigan and a graduate of L’Anse Creuse North High School where he was a varsity athlete. Jim ran 1 year at Central Michigan University as a walk on for both cross country and track. Jim doubled Majored in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts and Interpersonal and Public Communications at CMU. Jim is married to his wife Dawn and they have two sons Jim has held jobs in many fields, running senior centers, advertising agencies, printing companies, television and radio and currently and for the past 17 years has been the CEO of Jackson Community Federal Credit Union Jim is also on the Board of Directors for the Jackson County Rose Festival.
Gabriel Schray is a sports play-by-play broadcaster and digital media expert. Schray is a native of Jackson County and graduated from Stockbridge High School in 2013. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications from Adrian College. He was tabbed the voice of Adrian’s football program as a Freshman and called over 200 sporting events while at Adrian College. He was awarded over two dozen times for his student and professional works before graduating from Adrian in 2018. In addition to JTV, Schray calls games at his alma mater, Adrian College, with BCSN in Toledo, and has filled in on over a dozen radio stations.
MHSAA competitive cheer Michigan Center Cardinal Invitational, Jan. 25, 2020. Addison won the D-4 title, Onsted won the D-2/3, Michigan Center won the junior varsity competition. Photos by Jeff Steers,…