The Woodlands Highlanders on the air in 2016
Voice of The Woodlands Highlanders Nick Wolda provides play by play, local businessman and former long-time State Representative and CISD School Trustee Rob Eissler provides commentary, and local businessman Andrew (Dr. Drew) Burnett are on the sidelines to make up the broadcast team covering The Woodlands home and away games this year. The broadcast is brought to listeners by The Melton Team of Dean & Brandi Melton, The Woodlands Development Company, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital, Mercedes Benz The Woodlands, Woodlands Internists, Prosperity Bank, Consolidated Communications, The Egg & I, Huti’s 5 and other participating sponsors.
The internet radio broadcast attracts listeners from all over The Woodlands, Southeast Texas and 25 different countries. “People love their Highlander football,” said Wolda.
Wolda noted that The Woodlands, a town of over 110,000 people, does not have a radio station and decided to switch to internet radio five years ago. However, people have rapidly made the switch to smart phones, tablets and entertainment to listen to their favorite stations.
Wolda, President of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, is in his 14th season as the Voice of The Woodlands Highlanders. He’s coined the term, Pump Up The Bagpipes when the Highlanders score touchdowns. In a prior career, he is the former publisher of Nick Wolda's East Texas Football magazine. As a hobby, Wolda enjoys following high school sports. Wolda's daughter, Hylaree, a recent college graduate, was a six-year cheerleader for The Woodlands. His son Hudson plays for The Woodlands High School baseball teams.
Eissler is the owner of W. Robert Eissler & Associates, Inc. and a Hometown Hero in The Woodlands. An 18-year member of the CISD Board of Directors before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives, Eissler has championed numerous youth athletic programs in the area. Eissler has served as Chairman of the House Public Education Committee and was named by Texas Monthly magazine as a Top Ten Legislator before moving back into private practice after serving the State of Texas for 10 years. Eissler's sons Mark and Craig are both former Highlanders.
Burnet, known as Dr. Drew on the sidelines, brings a wealth of knowledge of the Highlander program to the broadcast, following the program for many years. Burnett is the Worldwide Account Manager of FedEx Services & Technology. His son Jason was the starting free safety for the Highlanders in 2009. He remembers just about every snap and every play since following the Highlanders in the early 2000s.
The Woodlands Highlanders Football Radio Network is set to cover all Highlanders games, home and away. From left, The Woodlands Highlanders Football Radio Network: Bret Strong, sidelines; Rob Eissler, commentary; The Woodlands Head Football Coach Mark Schmid; Andrew Burnett, stats; and Voice of the Highlanders, Nick Wolda.