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Fan Box: Report says Lancaster radio station dropping PSU DAVE SOTTILE, For The Patriot-News 08/21/2012 12:56 AM
According to an online report, Penn State football and men's basketball games will no longer be broadcast on a Lancaster County radio station.
WLPA-AM 1490, a Fox Sports Radio Network affiliate, decided to drop Nittany Lions broadcasts as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and resulting fallout, Philadelphia-based NewsWorks.org reported Monday.
NewsWorks, powered by public broadcaster WHYY, said the station dropped PSU because of difficulty finding sponsors to advertise on broadcasts.
"It was a hard sell, and now with the situation that they found themselves with, it just made our decision make even more sense," WLPA program coordinator Sue Sensenig told NewsWorks, adding the station had yet to hear any complaints from listeners.
"I don't think they are going to realize until the first day of the season," Sensenig told NewsWorks. "And if we don't get any complaints. that also tells us that Penn State doesn't really bring the audience to us."
Nittany Lions broadcasts will still be carried this season on WHGB-AM 1400 and 95.3 FM in Harrisburg, WSBA-AM 910 in York and WLBR-AM 1270 in Lebanon.
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If winning was easy even losers would do it.
lol this is such a non-story.
That is one loser of a radio station.....almost a laughable decision. Hope one of their competitors picks up the Lions and rocks the ratings on football Saturdays.
you do realize the guy admitted they were thinking about dropping it pre-scandal and this just reaffirmed their decision?? That's what makes it such a non-story that became more relevant than it ever should have been by simply linking it here.
A non story...Imagine what they will be broadcasting in our place...Award Winning Radio for sure!
Probably Franklin & Marshall or Millersville games. LOL.
Eh. There's probably three or four stations broadcasting out of Harrisburg, Philly, and the surrounding areas that people can listen to in the Lancaster area to hear the game.
Hey don't rip the ville!
Yea, maybe all other local AM radio stations airing PSU games are doing it wrong and were having trouble selling ads pre-scandal.
If they can't sell PSU, in PSU country, compared to whatever Fox Sports show that may be on I'm thinking they have other issues.
Hey, no disrespect meant to the 'Ville. I had a few good visits with friends there during my college years. But their football team has struggled mightily recently.
Hello. We are no longer living in the 80's. We can get the games on the Big10 Network I can't remember the last time I listened to a game on the radio. The stations 19 listeners will never know they dropped the broadcasts.
Unfortunately since Dr. Carpenter left coaching it has been a rough road.
Agreed, my first thought was is drop that station from my listening schedule. :)
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Clearly you watch the game if you can, but if you are working around the house or in the car you probably won't have access to the Big Ten network.
Radio isn't competing with TV ... they compete with other radio stations.
People still listen to AM and FM radio? No one ever hear of Internet/Satellite radio? You'll always be able to listen to the PSU game anywhere in the world if you just know where to look. (same can be said for watching the game if you are across the world, thanks to the internet)
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So are people going to complain?
WE ARE! And we will always be...
I don't know about you but when there is an away game all work ceases in my house until the game is over. This was part of my union contract that I signed when I got married. I had a friend that got married on a PSU weekend what a disaster, but now we all have iPhones etc. so terrestrial radio is all but dead. I guess this radio station was hoping to get an ESPN mention, this is really a non-story.
Anyway, I think WGAL also broadcasts the games and that is the regions best known radio station.
This post was edited by PSUGeddy 20 months ago
That's a radio station that broadcasts wgal news, fwiw.
I don't know about you guys but I think this is a very big deal. Every football Saturday, I get up and go out on the porch in my rockin chair and have me a nice glass of lemonade that the ole lady made for me, grab my print newspaper to read the want ads in case any of the local factories need some part time help, then look for a new car in the print section before turning on the transistor radio and listening to Penn State Football, sometimes it don't come in too well, so I make it some of them there rabbit ears from some old tin foil we was usin the other day for fixin the chickin wire. Afterwards, we all hop in the Model T and drive down to the general store to grab a malt, and talk to the other folk about the game. Then when I get home and have access to a working phone, I spin dial my Pop's number and talk about the game. Plus, what are all my Amish neighbors going to do? This is a very big deal. AM Radio is about the only way we have to listen to the game here in Lancaster county.
Lead the charge and complain Ed. They basically said, if they get no complaints, nothing will change. Raise hell.
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Their loss. They won't realize how much traffic or listeners of whatever/however radio data is calculated they truly had until they see their numbers drop drastically now.
This post was edited by PSUjosh11 20 months ago
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
An AM sports station decided not to play live sports....
kiss of death, IMO.
Just an update ... please note this thread is 45 days old.
Anyway... the radio station 1490AM in Lancaster, PA is broadcasting PSU games again.
I hope their smart butt director got the message.
Maybe they will fill the space with old Sinatra on vinyl. That'll get those ratings back!
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