Meet the Hosts
Kimberly Kelly, one half of Your Carolina with Jack and Kimberly, spent over a decade waking up parts of North and South Carolina while hosting Morning Radio Shows at several stations, including stops at rock station WTPT-FM and adult contemporary, WSPA-FM.
Though starting off as a Theatre major, Kimberly quickly stumbled into the world of media, and credits the late, legendary broadcaster Jim Phillips for truly getting her into the business.
Throughout her radio career, television was never that far away. She and her radio partner even made reoccurring appearances on the national FOX NEWS morning show, Fox & Friends. Kimberly also has also had her brush with filmmakers and stars. She hosted the BMW Pro-Am Red Carpet Event for many years, helping to welcome people like Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell. She also organized and hosted a portion of a still “available” documentary (first featured at Sundance) with Sharon Osbourne and directed by Penelope Spheeris.
Kimberly left radio, knowing exactly what she wanted to do… a local television show about the people and places she knew and loved. Kimberly pitched a show idea to Charter Cable and Talk of the Town was born. Still looking for further challenges, Kimberly created and produced a syndicated cable show about waterfront living, called FOR SALE by Water, which ran in four different markets.
Kimberly has had the opportunity to interview hundreds of people throughout her career, from presidents and politicians to singers and actors. Still, her favorite stories are those found right here in her own back yard, the Carolinas.
Jack Roper, one half of “Your Carolina with Jack and Kimberly“, started his broadcast career in radio in 1972. In 1977,after several years with local Carolina radio stations, Jack and his famliy moved to Washington, NC, he became a TV weather anchor and children’s show host at WITN-TV. He than headed west to KENS-TV in San Antonio, TX, where he continued as weather anchor. He, his wife Mary and their three boys then moved closer to home. In 1986, Jack joined the News Channel 7 team at WSPA-TV. He became weather anchor and several years later created a long running local kids show called Kidsizzle. After 22 years of forecasting the weather, Jack was asked if he would like to host a new local talk show. In 2007,“Your Carolina with Jack and Kimberly” debuted on WSPA-TV.
Jack has been awarded the South Carolina Broadcasts Association’s Personality of the Year award three times. Readers of the Greenville News have chosen him as Favorite Upstate TV Personality twice. .For his kids show, he received the Best Childrens Program award several times from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. Roper has won a local Emmy for his weather presentation in a News Channel 7 newscast. Jack is proud to be the host of WSPA-TV’s “Caring for the Carolinas” projects. On air time is given to monthly events that benefit our audience, and charities, including fund raising telethons and granting Christmas wishes . In addition Jack’s trivia questions for prizes on “Your Carolina“, he is also featured on “Scene on Seven”. On Wednesday nights at 7:30 check out his”You Don’t Jack Trivia Quiz“.
Jack is a native of Union SC, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. In 2007, he received his Meteorology degree from Mississippi State University. Jack helps to promote WSPA-TV with several of his hobbies. Jack performs his magic and comedy show at area festivals, fund raisers, and other events. Jack enjoys making his positive attitude speech at chamber events, civic clubs, churches, and businesses. Many weekends Jack plays drums with his rock and roll band at local festivals
Community service, hard work, and dedication are what make Jack Roper one of the areas most popular TV personalities in the Carolinas. Jack is now celebrating his 26th year at WSPA-TV.He and his wife Mary live in Spartanburg, SC. Their three boys are grown and married. There are now four grand children too.