Conway High athletics will have a new broadcast media home beginning June 1.
My Country Y107, affiliated with Crain Media, has been awarded the rights to play-by-play coverage of Conway athletic teams.
Steve Daniels, athletic director for Conway Public Schools, said the contract, determined by a competitive bidding process, is for one year. "We’ve decided to go with one year and see how that works out," Daniels said. "It’s the end from a long association that we really appreciate, but we look forward to working with our new partners."
KASR (92.7 FM) has broadcast Conway High games for 39 years, most of those years with concurrent broadcasts by rival station KCON, which went off the air in 1998.
"We really enjoyed doing those games," said Mike Harrison, head of KASR and the Creative Sports Network and who has been involved with the CHS broadcasts from the beginning. "We just got outbid. It was not a surprise. But the relationships we have formed with Conway High and its athletes through the years are something we treasure."
JR Runyon, programming director for Y107 said in said in a news release, "This is an exciting day for Y107 and for Conway Wampus Cat sports fans. Since our founding in 2005, Y107 has sought to position itself as a voice of integrity for all things in the community we serve here in Faulkner County. Today’s announcement is a continuation of that effort.
"Beginning with the 2015 football season and carrying through throughout the school year, we will provide comprehensive coverage of the teams and the great student-athletes who compete so proudly every year as Wampus Cats."
Y107’s broadcast schedule will include coverage of football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, track, cross country, golf, swimming, tennis, bowling, wrestling, cheer and dance teams.
Most of the major events will be carried live at Y107, 107.1FM, as well as online through Y107fm.com. Other events will have special online streaming coverage available through the website as well as phone apps such as TuneIn radio.
State semifinals and finals involving Conway baseball, softball and soccer teams will be broadcast live.
If there is a conflict with games scheduled at the same time, such as baseball and softball, live coverage will be determined after consultation with Daniels. "In those cases, we want to give our live coverage to the games that Conway fans are less likely to be able to attend," Runyon said.
"There will be live, on-air reports from other events designed to keep parents, grandparents and general fans up to date on all things Wampus Cat," added Runyon.
The agreement includes special events such as scholarship signings, which will be broadcast live when possible.
Live weekly interviews with the headline-makers and others representing Conway sports will be heard on the weekly Friday Morning "Community Breakfast," which is currently broadcast live from Julie’s Sweet Shop from 7-10 a.m.
Runyon will handle the play by play and production of the broadcast as the "Voice of the Wampus Cats."
His background in sports radio production is highlighted by three years as the Radio/TV voice of the Arkansas Rimrockers Developmental League basketball team, three years as the TV host of the AAA state championship games in all sports, and 30-plus years of radio broadcasting, sports production and management experience.
"I am honored and proud to represent Wampus Cat sports to the fans and look forward to a long and positive relationship with Conway Sports!" Runyon said.