Dru 2! The Dru Nettles (television) Show returned for its second season on Thursday night, August 1, 6pm—7pm, on Cox 4 Television. The program is, once again, co-hosted by Denham Springs High School Athletic Director and 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, 10:30am—11:30am. It will have a 16 week run, with an additional show for every Jackets playoff game.
In more big news for Denham Springs HS football fans, after a one year hiatus, Yellow Jackets football returns to the radio airwaves! Jon Fine Productions had produced these broadcasts for an 18 year period— from 1984 to 2011, all on 1210AM. With a change in format from sports-talk to gospel, station policy precluded high school sports broadcasts in 2012. With another change in formats, this time to Comedy, the station now has the flexibility to carry Denham Springs HS Football games. 10 regular season games and all playoff games can be heard in 2013 on Comedy-1210-Baton Rouge and on the Internet at JonFineProductions.com.
The Dru Nettles Show in 2013 focuses on Denham Springs HS athletics and football, with former and current Yellow Jackets coaches and athletes as guests on the show on a weekly basis. Other features the program plans to include: interviews with all members of the 2013 DSAA Hall of Fame class, with some members of the prior 2 classes as well... During the summer, the program expects to have head coaches from the 4 other Livingston Parish schools that play football—Albany, Live Oak, Springfield and Walker—as guests on the program. Coaches from the Jackets “feeder programs”—Denham Springs Jr. HS, Juban Park Jr. HS and Southside Jr. HS-- are anticipated to participate. During football season, the coach of the Jackets upcoming opponent will be interviewed on the program. Highlights from the Jacket’s prior game will be included on the program during football season. Each week, a Jackets assistant football coach will appear on the program, with a Denham player to come on weekly beginning in mid-August. The Dru Nettles Show is proud to have a bi-monthly academic segment, starting in September, featuring a Denham Springs student. Commercial sponsors of the program will appear each week as Sponsor of The Week. Plus, Coach Nettles and Fine will discuss Denham Springs HS Football and DSHS athletics on a weekly basis.
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 second 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 189 years. Nor, could we come back with our Denham Springs Football broadcasts in 2013. 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 (television) Show possible. A very special shout-out to our logo sponsors, too numerous to mention here. Our commercial sponsors include:
DENHAM SPRINGS CITY MARSHAL JERRY DENTON
NORTHSIDE FAMILY PHARMACY
YOUR PATRONAGE OF THESE COMMERCIAL SPONSORS AND LOGO SPONSORS IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THEY ALLOW THE DRU NETTLES SHOW TO CONTINUE TO PROSPER.
We also look forward to the show’s continuing positive working relationship with The Livingston Parish News. Editor Mike Dowty and sportswriter 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 7 ensuing years, the Jackets have gone 42-32, including a combined 34-20 in the last 5 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 5 year run of making the playoffs (2008—2012 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 Butch Wax.
Coach Nettles is the proud father of 2 daughters, Claire (age 15) and Faith (age 12).
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.
Fine served as the play-by-play announcer of Denham Springs HS from 2003 to 2011 and had a prior 3 year stint manning the microphone for the Jackets. The Dru Nettles (radio) Show aired for an 18 month period from July 2010—November 2011. In addition to The Dru Nettles (television) Show and Denham Springs HS Football radio broadcasts, Jon Fine Productions presently produces football radio broadcasts for St. John (Plaquemine) HS and Plaquemine HS, baseball radio broadcasts for Walker HS and Live Oak HS and a 2 night a week radio show in the city of Central, The Central Story. For more information on Jon Fine Productions, please see ABOUT (JFP or History) on this site. Also, Jackets fans are encouraged to Like TheDruNettlesShow on Facebook to receive regular updates on the program.
The Dru Nettles Show follows 3 radio shows that largely involved Denham Springs High School sports for close to a 7 year period. Livingston Sports Weekly originated in September 2006, airing on (what was then) The Score, 1210AM. Hosted by Josh Ward, with Robbie Harrison and Chris Ledoux, Livingston Sports Weekly concentrated on the athletic programs of Denham Springs HS, Live Oak HS and Walker HS. In January 2008, the program joined forces with Central HS and became THE High School Sports Show. Steve Johnson became the Central correspondent. Fine succeeded Ward as host of the program in January 2009. In July 2010, THE High School Sports Show branched off into The Dru Nettles Show and a coach’s show in Central, The Sid Edwards Show, co-hosted by Steve Johnson. The Dru Nettles (radio) Show was broadcast live from Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill and was popularly received until the The Score, 1210AM pulled the plug on the show in November 2011, as a prelude to an impending format change in January 2012.
We have high praise for the people we worked with in setting up the program last year and work with on a weekly basis on the program this season at Cox 4, including Jason Furrate, Eric Coleman, Lori Finta, Doug Hill, Nils Brekoff , Francis Hillyard and Sean Constantine. They are as good and professional a group as I’ve 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).
A lot of people help us with these broadcasts. They include 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. Chris Ledoux has returned for his second year assisting the program during show nights. And, WBRZ Productions continues to help us with its quality work for several sponsors’ commercials and the show’s closing, which we thinks can be “almost as enjoyable as the program.” Most important, Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill provides food to the set for the “pre-game meal” each Thursday night. Yet, for the second straight year we’ve asked Big Mike’s to give us a free meal before all replays on Friday morning. Big Mike’s owners, Mike O’Neal Jr. and Jocelyn O’Neal, for a second straight year, declined this offer.
What has us most excited is the unique opportunity that The Dru Nettles Show has afforded Denham Springs sports fans. Other than West Monroe Coach Don Shows’ television program in the Monroe market, we don’t believe there is another coach in the state that has his own television show besides Coach Nettles. 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 are in our second 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.