Introducing the Wendy’s Big Show
Gary Ellerson, from Albany, Georgia, is a former professional football player. He played as running back with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers. He was drafted into the NFL in 1985 by the Green Bay Packers. He also played for the Detroit Lions. He began his career at WSSP in 2005 hosting sports talk on-air radio shows. His first show was the Gary and Cliff show, then moved to The Big Show. He also hosts the Green and Gold post-game show live in Green Bay immediately following Packers games. In addition to Gary’s on-air shows, since 2014, he also has been a part of the Roundtable/Football Edition show on Spectrum News 1 television with Leroy Butler and Dennis Krause.
LeRoy Butler was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 1990 draft. He played in 181 regular season games, 14 postseason games, earned a Super Bowl ring after the Packers defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI at the end of the 1996 season, selected All-Pro four times, and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times (1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998). He was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and later inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2007.
During his 12 seasons with the Packers, Butler recorded 953 tackles, 38 interceptions, 553 return yards, 12 fumble recoveries, 3 defensive touchdowns and 20 1/2 sacks. He led or tied for the team lead in interceptions in five different seasons. He was the first defensive back in NFL history to gain entrance in the 20 Sack/20 Interception Club.
Steve “Sparky” Fifer
Steve “Sparky” Fifer started out his career in radio in Kenosha, WI interning for Tim Allen and helping to produce a weekend sports talk show for Tim Allen and John Weiser. After a couple of months of interning, he was put on the payroll and started jocking oldies at night on the AM station while engineering high school football and basketball games during the week. During this time he attended Gateway Technical College for Radio Broadcasting, while maintaing two other jobs outside of his radio gig.
After ownership changed, he left to go to Lake Geneva to try his hand in sales. After three months of making every attempt, he didn’t make one sale!! Management figured out they made a mistake and made him the morning show producer. While in that role he broke out as an on-air personality by playing the character Stu Michaels. Sparky used that momentum to cruise into Milwaukee radio a short time later. He landed a gig at WISN-AM as producer of The World’s Greatest Sports Talk Show, staying in that role for 6 years.
When WSSP launched in 2005, Sparky joined the roster. One of the most busy personalities on the station over the years, you could hear him on The Big Show(Weekday Afternoons 2-6pm), Sparky’s Final Inspection (Saturdays 12p-2p), Milwaukee’s Real Basketball Post Game Show (after Bucks games)and the Usinger’s Baseball Post Game Show (after Brewers games). Now a days he is co-hosting the Wendy’s Big Show with former Packers Running Back Gary Ellerson and Packers HOF LeRoy Butler on the BIg Show Radio Network.