Gridiron Glory is a weekly 30-minute television sports show that airs highlights of high school football games in Southeastern Ohio. The program began in 1999, and airs every Friday night at 11:30 during the high school football season. The program airs on the PBS-affiliate WOUB in Athens, Ohio, and is produced entirely by Ohio University students. Jimmer Eckhardt is producing the 2014 season along with Mark Bobson directing. Nathan Takitch is the show's host.
Gridiron Glory covers the teams in four leagues in Ohio, and four teams in West Virginia. The program covers teams from the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL), the Muskingum Valley League (MVL), and the Hocking and Ohio divisions of the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC). In West Virginia, the program covers Parkersburg, Parkersburg South, Williamstown and Point Pleasant.
At the end of every season, Gridiron Glory names a player of the year based on voting from the community. The Gridiron Glory staff selects five finalists from the coverage area, and then the community votes online. The list of player of the year winners is:
1999: Justin Roush, RB, Meigs High school
2000: Joey Conrad, QB, Logan High School
2001: Drew Cannon, RB, New Lexington
2002: Tyler Kelly, RB, Marietta High School
2003: Donnie Johnson, QB, Gallia Academy
2004: Jared Humphreys, QB, Jackson High School
2005: Kevin Culver, LB, Sheridan High School
2006: Travis Cook, RB, New Lexington High School
2007: Cam West, QB, Tri-Valley High School
2008: Patrick Angle, QB, Logan High School
2009: Derek Arnold, RB, Nelsonville-York High School
2010: Austin Wilson, RB, Gallia Academy High School
2011: Austin Osborne, QB, Jackson High School
2012: Wade Jarrell, QB, Gallia Academy High School
In 2009, Gridiron Glory debuted a segment titled “Beyond the Game,” which produced human-interest features on various topics related to high school football. The stories often had little to do with performance on the football field, and instead highlighted the lives and touching stories of the players off the field.
Throughout the history of the program, Gridiron Glory has been recognized as an outstanding production. Gridiron Glory has been awarded with four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Student Production in 2000, 2006, 2007 2011 2012 and 2013.