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8/24/2012 1:35:00 PM
Local radio station WYPC 'sporting' a new format
Now features a variety of all sports talk shows
Telegram Staff

A locally owned radio station, WYPC, 1330 on the AM radio dial, is now sporting a new format. The station, owned by Jackson County Broadcasting, had been airing a format that played music of the 40's, 50's, and 60's for more than a decade. Although the station had built a small, but extremely loyal fan base, the need for a change was made obvious by the continually shrinking listenership and business advertising.

For more than three years, General Manager Jerry Mossbarger and Programming Director John Pelletier conducted an extensive research project to determine what radio format would provide entertainment for the local population while simultaneously giving local businesses a viable alternative for advertising their products to targeted consumer audiences.

The final decision was heavily influenced by local input that a sports channel was lacking in the area. So, in response to local fans, an all-sports talk format began August 1.

The Fox Sports network features all sports talk with nationally known personalities such as Dan Patrick, Andy Furman, and Jim Rome. These hosts express knowledgeable, entertaining, and sometimes controversial opinions about sports.

They talk about athletes, venues, teams, management, ownership, and any other topic that relates to sports. Additionally, Pelletier and Mossbarger know true Ohio sports fanatics enjoy anything pertaining to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Accordingly, they arranged to have some Buckeye sports shows aired on WYPC. The Urban Meyer Show airs once-per week for one hour and features a call-in format.

The Buckeye Roundtable is a two hour show that airs once per week. It features the broadcast team of Paul Keels and Jim Lachey, other prominent OSU football experts, and weekly contributions from former Buckeyes and ESPN analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Spielman. Buckeye Roundtable reviews the past week's game, takes a look at the upcoming opponent, overviews college football in general, and takes telephone calls from around the state.

The Urban Meyer Daily Show is a 3 minute program hosted by Paul Keels and covers the daily activities and preparations of the Buckeyes with Coach Meyer. The air times for all of these shows are still being finalized, so please listen to WYPC for the announcement of the schedules.

As part of the negotiations to air the Ohio State shows, Mossbarger and Pelletier were able to secure the rights to broadcast additional shows during the Radio's regularly scheduled high school football broadcasts.

These include Tonight In High School Football Pregame shows, Tonight in High School Football Half-time shows, and Ohio College Football Today.

These national award-winning programs are provided by the Ohio News Network from Columbus. The High School Pregame shows are scheduled to air 20 minutes prior to the local high school's kickoff time and will begin Friday, August 24 and will run 12 weeks through the 2nd week of the state playoffs.

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The focus will be upon key match-ups from each division around the state with coaches' interviews, commentary, and analysis on how those games could affect area teams. The High School Half-time show runs during the half time of local games, is 10 minutes in length, and discusses the happenings of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and high school football in general.

Ohio College Football Today takes a look at all the collegiate football match-ups around the state each weekend. From Ohio State, The Big Ten, MAC, Divisions 1-AA, II, III and NAIA, this program has garnered rave reviews and is a great way for local fans to get information about all Ohio-based college football teams, including those that may have former local high school standouts on their rosters. This show is an hour in length and the schedule is still being finalized, but most likely will air either Friday night or Saturday morning. It will start the weekend of September 1st and run for 12 weeks through November 17th.

So, even though music of half-a-century ago is no longer being played on WYPC-AM, new memories are being made every day on the new sports-talk station. Tune in to 1330 on your AM radio dial and enjoy the conversations, the controversies, the convivial chatting, and the rapidly growing congregation of local sports fanatics.

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