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Tony Melton: Always on Call

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

Tony Melton has without a doubt been the most frequent panelist on Making It Grow – for nearly thirty years now. Sadly, Tony has retired due to illness but is still coming over occasionally to tape with us. Before filming, Tony was often wandering around the studio, I thought talking to himself, but actually he was taking calls from clients. At meetings, in restaurant, while scouting fields for insect and disease problems, he never stopped taking calls from persons needing his advice. At a recent event honoring Tony, Dr. Tom Dobbins, head of Extension, said he had been told about Tony’s use of this modern device, and recognized him that way when he first spotted Tony at a meeting. After that remark, Tony volunteered that he had worn out four of those devices and was now on his fifth blue tooth!

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.