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Dru 3!  The Dru Nettles (television) Show returned for its third season on Thursday night, August 7, 6pm—7pm, on Cox 4 Television.  The program is, once again, co-hosted by Denham Springs High School Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Dru Nettles and long-time Jackets radio play-by-play announcer/producer Jon Fine.  The Dru Nettles Show airs Thursday nights, 6pm—7pm, with a replay on Friday mornings, 11am--Noon and Saturdays at 1pm.  The program will have a 16 week run, with an additional show for every Jackets playoff game. The Dru Nettles Show is a Jon Fine Production.

In more good news for Denham Springs HS football fans, Yellow Jackets football returns to the radio airwaves…and now on an all sports station to boot!  Fox Sports Radio, 1210, Baton Rouge carries the Jackets in 2014.  Broadcast producer Jon Fine handles  play-by-play, with Brian Abels on color and Nathan Landry as sideline reporter.  All broadcasts start at 6pm.   10 regular season games and all playoff games will be broadcast.

Similar to the prior 2 years, The Dru Nettles Show in 2014 focuses on Denham Springs HS football (and athletics), with former and current Yellow Jackets coaches and athletes as guests on the show on a weekly basis. Other features the program  includes: interviews with several members of the 2014 DSHS Athletic Hall of Fame class, with some members of the prior 3 classes as well...During football season, the coach of the Jackets upcoming opponent is invited to appear on the program.  Highlights from the Jacket’s prior game are included on the program.  Each week, a Jackets player or 2 and an assistant football coach appear on the show. The Dru Nettles Show is proud to have a bi-monthly academic segment, featuring a Denham Springs student, teacher or advisor Commercial sponsors of the program appear each week as Sponsor of The Week.  Plus, Coach Nettles and Fine discuss Denham Springs HS Football and DSHS athletics in a weekly interview segment.

We are especially appreciative of the loyal sponsors we have had on Jon Fine Sports Productions’ Denham Springs HS play-by-play broadcasts and our preceding high school radio shows, many of whom have continued to participate in the third season of The Dru Nettles Show. Plus, a number of new sponsors have joined in, for which we are very thankful.  Without our sponsors, there is no The Dru Nettles  Show, nor would we have had our prior programming over the last 20 years.  Our sponsors have been largely responsible for whatever small success we’ve achieved.  We hope that viewers to The Dru Nettles Show will do their best to patronize our sponsors when possible, and thank them for making The Dru Nettles Show possible.  A very special shout-out to our logo sponsors, too numerous to mention here.  Our commercial sponsors include:

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YOUR PATRONAGE OF THESE COMMERCIAL SPONSORS AND LOGO SPONSORS IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.  THEY ALLOW THE DRU NETTLES SHOW TO CONTINUE TO PROSPER.

We also are grateful for the show’s continuing positive working relationship with The Livingston Parish News.  McHugh David and Sam Muffoletto will make appearances on the show, to possibly be joined by other Livingston Parish News sportswriters.  Every Thursday, The Livingston Parish News has an article about the guests of that Thursday night’s The Dru Nettles Show in its sports section.

The Livingston Parish News is owned and published by Jeff David.  Jeff and Nancy David were the owners of Bayou, 1210AM, which included a daily afternoon drive sports talk show hosted by Fine, SportsTalk, from 1993—1998.

Born and raised in Denham Springs, Dru Nettles was a standout 2 sport athlete—Football and Baseball—with the Jackets.  As a 3 year lettermen with Denham Springs HS Football (1986-1988), Nettles played under LHSAA Hall of Fame coach Butch Wax. During Nettles’ 3 seasons lettering for the Jackets, Denham Springs HS went 21-12, winning a district championship in 1987.  The Jackets also won their opening playoff game that year defeating Carencro 23-9.

Nettles was a 1st team all-District defensive back in 1987, his junior year.  He holds several school records, including most career pass interceptions (12), most career pass interceptions in a game (3, in 1987, shared with Dr. Michael Sceroler, Dr. Hunter Bond, Troy Fontenot and Kelvin Robinson), most pass interceptions in a regular season (8 in 10 games in 1987, tied with Fontenot, who had 8 in 9 games in 1982), and most pass interceptions in all games of a season (10 in 12 games in 1987).   In his junior and senior years, Nettles played some tailback and scored 5 touchdowns in that capacity for the Jackets. On special teams, Nettles returned a blocked extra-point attempt 88 yards for 2 points (against Hammond High in 1988) and returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown (against Covington HS in 1988).  Had his senior season of 1988 not been cut short by a knee injury which limited him to 5 games that year, Nettles would have excelled even further for the Jackets.

As a baseball player, Nettles was a 4 year letterman (1986-1989) for Denham Springs HS under Steve Long, including being the starting catcher, as a Freshman, on a team that featured Louisiana Hall of Fame pitcher Ben McDonald, and won the 1986 4-A state championship.

A 1989 graduate of Denham Springs HS, Nettles went on to play catcher for 4 years with the Southeastern Louisiana Baseball team and is a 1994 graduate of SLU.

Nettles returned to his Alma Matter in 1994, as an assistant coach under Wax before spending 7 years (1998-2004) at Woodlawn HS.  His first 4 years, Nettles was the Head Baseball Coach and assistant football coach for the Panthers.  In 2002, he started a 3-year stint as head Football Coach at Woodlawn HS.  As the Baseball coach at WHS, his teams won 4 District Championships in 5 seasons.  In 3 seasons as football coach at WHS, his teams were 20-12 and made 2 playoff appearances. 

Nettles came home, again, in 2005, but this time to become Athletic Director and head Football Coach at Denham Springs HS.  He inherited a program that had not had a winning season or made the playoffs since 1995, that had a combined 23-67 record in the 9 years (1996-2004) prior to Nettles being named head coach. In his first year, 2005, the Jackets went 1-8.  In the 8 ensuing years, the Jackets have gone 48-38, including a combined 40-26 in the last 6 playoff seasons.  Nettles’ 2008 team provided Denham Springs High School with its first winning season and playoff team in 13 years.  The 2008 Jackets secured their first victory over state power Catholic High School since 1978.  In 2009, Nettles’ Jackets had their second straight winning season and playoff team, the first time a Denham Springs HS team had accomplished these feats since 1991 and 1989 respectively.  The Jackets present 6 year run of making the playoffs (2008—2013 seasons), has set the record for the most consecutive seasons making the playoffs in the illustrious history of Denham Springs HS Football.  The prior record was 3 straight seasons—accomplished once—in 1983—1985, under legendary Jackets Coach and LHSAA hall of famer Butch Wax.

Coach Nettles is the proud father of 2 daughters, Claire (age 16) and Faith (age 13).

As a youngster, Nettles was a big fan of the late 70’s New York Yankees.  His favorite player?  Naturally, it was Yankees 3rd Baseman Graig “Puff” Nettles (no relation).  Dru Nettles never got to play with his favorite childhood team, but, now he will, once again, be co-hosting a weekly show with a Yankee!

Co-host Jon Fine is a native of Valley Stream, New York.   Fine came down south to work in radio in Tallulah, LA in September 1982, 2 months after graduating from Penn. He has never left the state. The following year, he went to Lake Charles, where he served 2 stints as the radio play-by-play announcer for McNeese State Football and Basketball.  In 1991, Fine moved to Baton Rouge, where he has resided since. Fine hosted drive-time radio sports talk shows in Louisiana from 1983—2010. His programs have aired mostly in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lake Charles. At its apex, the 2 hour morning drive daily sports-talk show he produced and co-hosted (with Tommy Krysan), SportsGumbo, originated from Baton Rouge and was carried by stations in New Orleans, Lake Charles, Monroe and Alexandria.

We offer special praise for the people that work with us in producing the show on a weekly basis on the program this season at Cox 4, including Jason Furrate, Eric Coleman, Lori Finta,  Nils Brekoff , Francis Hillyard and Sean Constantine.  They are as good and professional a group as I have ever worked with in broadcasting. 

Although a large percentage of people are able to view the program on Cox 4 in Denham Springs, not everyone in Livingston Parish receives Cox 4.  We encourage you to switch to Cox cable if you are not presently a subscriber.  That way you can pick up our show and several other quality local programs that air on both Cox 4 and Cox Sports Television (CST).

The program works with and is grateful to be assisted by Denham Springs HS principal Kelly Jones, Video Coordinator Josh Neal and DSAA Hall of Fame Coordinator (and former Jackets star football player) Jim Spring, all of the coaches in a variety of sports and others.  Most important, we mention Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, thanking them for providing food to the set for the “pre-game meal” each Thursday night. Yet, for the third straight year we (Jon actually) asked Big Mike’s to give us (Jon) a free meal before all replays on Friday morning and Saturday afternoon. Big Mike’s owners, Mike O’Neal Jr. and Jocelyn O’Neal, for a third straight year, declined this offer. 

The Dru Nettles Show offers a unique opportunity to Denham Springs sports fans.   We don’t believe there is another coach in the state that has his own television show.  And, throughout the country, you will not find more than a handful of high school coaches to have their own weekly hour show….let alone in prime-time, on a prominent station like Cox 4, in a top 80 market in the country.  This puts Coach Nettles and the Denham Springs Football program in rarefied air.  As we marshal on in our third broadcasting season of the show, this is what we think is real special for Coach Nettles, the Jackets football team and athletic program, the loyal viewers of the program and our nonpareil sponsors.

And, we conclude with a comment that you often hear from Jon Fine on The Dru Nettles Show—to the delight of some, to the chagrin of many more:  “Dru, Dru, Dru, Dru, Dru…Dru”.

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