(Editor’s note: Archie Anderson is a news and broadcasting legend in Arab, where he also serves as the Voice of the Knights on Friday nights. This is his official 2018 Sports Hall of Fame biography.)
Archie Anderson was born on July 25, 1956, in Canton, Mississippi, to Hank and Lil Anderson. He has an older brother, Rodney, who is retired from the U.S. Navy and lives in Jacksonville, Florida. While Rod is a devout Crimson Tide fan, Archie and his parents pull for Ole Miss.
In fact, Archie is not his given name. He picked up the nickname in Jr. High School because of his all- time favorite Rebel, Archie Manning. Archie was only five years old when the family moved to Arab after Hank got a job with the space industry in Huntsville. Since that time, Archie Anderson has become the most identifiable proponent and voice of the Arab Knights athletic programs.
Archie graduated from Arab High School in 1974, and even though he was not involved in athletics, he was always a fan of the Knights. He attended Snead State for one year and heard about the broadcasting program at Gadsden State Technical College. He transferred there and completed an Associate’s Degree in Broadcasting in 1977. While at Gadsden State, Archie gained experience working the campus radio station, doing color for the basketball games, and serving as the station’s Sports Director.
Following his graduation, Archie returned to his hometown and started working for WRAB AM 1380 radio station. Because of his distinctive voice, Archie became the public address announcer for football games on the radio and in the press box. For over 40 years, he has called junior high, junior varsity, and varsity football games for the Knights. In all of those years, he has missed only two high school football games, both of which were due to deaths in his immediate family.
In addition, Archie has kept the books and announced the starting line-ups for Arab basketball teams and called the Knights’ home baseball games. Many of his favorite games included those involving MCSHOF players Mark Farmer, Alli Smalley Bracewell, John and Joel Ingram, Laura Hamlin Clark, and Chris Weaver. MCSHOF coaches Bill Wharton, Pod Patterson, Bill Morgan, Mike Shipp, and others could always count on Archie’s loyalty to and support of their programs.
He was also one of the Arab representatives on the first Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors in 2001-2002.
Archie is always available to serve as Master of Ceremony for Arab athletic banquets, beauty pageants, and other functions. He also writes for the Arab Tribune, covering sports, the Arab City Council, and the Arab City Board of Education.
Anderson has been recognized as a member of the Alabama State School Board “Media Honor Roll,” The Arab City Schools “Friend of Education” in 1985, and the 1986 “Arab Citizen of the Year.” In 2003, he was honored as one of three people who have given of their hearts and time to Arab football. The three were as follows: Dr. Ellis F. Porch, a MCSHOF Charter Class inductee, for his 28 years of service as team doctor; Mrs. Lois Lyon, wife of MCSHOF Coach Bemon Lyon, for her devotion to the team as the coach’s wife and for attending over 500 games, missing only 10 games since 1943; and Archie Anderson, for his devotion and dedication as public address announcer for over 25 years. In his spare time, he also participates in many community civic and charitable projects and is an active member of the Arab First Baptist Church.
In his younger years, Archie also served as an auxiliary policeman for the Arab Police Department.
In his nomination of Anderson for induction into the Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame, Charles Whisenant, editor of The Arab Tribune, stated, “It would take too many pages to describe what all Archie does for Arab City Schools athletics – and all for free. He donates his time, energy and effort to his alma mater. He is more recognized with Arab athletics than any other person – including coaches and players.”
The Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors concurs.