Aug 16 2012

Local radio station WTNW-AM to carry MCHS Warrior football

It’s that time of year again.  As John Ward, former “voice of the Vols,” famously said…”It’s football time in Tennessee!”  More accurately in this case, “It’s high school football time in Tennessee!”

Friday night kicks off the 2012 TSSAA football season for all of the high schools in the state, however this year one team moves further into the new tech era of game broadcasts than ever before!

Dave Daffron has been the voice behind Marion County High School’s football program since the 80s, and is ready more than ever before for the 2012 season.  In years past, Warrior faithful could listen to his play-by-play from the night before the next day on area radio and television, however this year you can hear his call around the world both online and on a free app available for iPhone and Android phone users.

Local radio station, WTNW 820 AM, which bills themselves as “Tennessee 820 WTNW” will be the flagship broadcast outlet for the Jasper team’s broadcasts this season.  WTNW is located in Jasper and broadcasts at 1,000 watts of daytime power at 820 on the AM dial.

The radio station, while off the air at game time due to their “daytime only” license requirements with the FCC, will offer the game broadcast LIVE, as it happens, via their website (www.wtnw820.com) and on the TuneIn Radio app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry mobile devices.  More information on the TuneIn app is available in your phone’s app store or on the radio station’s website.

Steven Hasting, General Manager and co-owner of WTNW-AM said, “WTNW is a local, hometown community radio station that’s owned by people from right here in the area that live and work around you each day.”

“Our employees have kids and grandkids in our local schools, and we feel that supporting local high school football with our broadcasts is a great way to show just how much this radio station wants to be involved in the local community,” he said.

“Radio is ever-evolving, and we don’t let our ‘daytime only’ status limit our abilities at WTNW,” said Station Chief Engineer and afternoon drive personality, Logan Carmichael.

“We strive to bring the latest technology to the table for our listeners whenever possible.  With the live web stream of the broadcast, family members who live miles away can listen to the game as it happens, and with the addition of the TuneIn Radio app for mobile phones, anyone anywhere in the world can listen to the game as long as they have an adequate cellular data connection and equipped phone.  Even those in attendance to the game can listen to Dave Daffron’s call as it happens…essentially, you’ll have the game here first,” he said.

The broadcast for this week’s game against Grundy County will begin with pre-game coverage at 6:45pm CDT online at www.wtnw820.com and on the TuneIn App, with live play-by-play coverage from Dave Daffron and the Marion County Broadcast Team following kick-off at 7pm CDT.

For those who aren’t as “tech savvy” and would rather hear the game on the radio, the station will be bringing it to you the following Saturday morning at 9am local time on the radio — your first and earliest chance to hear the game on the radio in the valley.

WTNW, which has studios in the Acuff office building  in Jasper, plays a variety of classic and contemporary country music, with all-day Gospel music and religious programming on Sundays.  The station features disc jockey Jerry Nelson weekdays mornings from 6-9am, a local buy-sell-trade call-in show (Trade & Sell), hosted by Sheila Kennedy, weekdays at 9am, afternoons with Logan Carmichael, and local news from reporter Andrea Nealon.  The station also features news and reports from the Tennessee Radio Network, and is an NBC Radio News affiliate.