Wheeling Station Joins Growing Ohio Sports Network
Athens, Ohio – The long-term growth of the Ohio Sports Network, the broadcast arm of Ohio University Athletics, continued today with the announcement of a new affiliate. WVLY-AM, located in Wheeling, West Virginia, will join the OSN, carrying Bobcat football games this fall.
“Adding WVLY gives us a tremendous presence in both eastern Ohio and the Wheeling area,” said Derek Scott, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for Ohio Athletics. “Bobcat games will now be available to students and faculty at the university’s Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville. This is a football-rich area, as evidenced by current Bobcats Chad Brinker and Freddie Ray.”
Created in 1994, the OSN is composed of 14 radio stations comprising southeast Ohio, Columbus and Cleveland. Recent additions include WZIO-FM in Scioto County and WRAC-FM in Adams County. Further, Scott recently changed OSN’s affiliation in Cleveland, moving to 50,000-watt WKNR-AM.
WVLY, which can be found at 1370 on the AM dial, features a sportstalk format. General Manager Howard Monroe hosts the morning show, while Scott Nolte moderates the “Ohio Valley SportsDesk” weeknights from 4-5 p.m. Monroe is excited about his station joining the Bobcat family.
“We think Ohio football will be a great addition to our lineup,” he said. “I look forward to the coming season!”
Scott is excited about the prospect of WVLY creating new Bobcat fans. “Having a presence in their area is crucial,” Scott said. “We look forward to seeing their listeners make the trip to Athens to enjoy the game day atmosphere at the renovated Peden Stadium.”
The Bobcats begin the 2001 season on August 30, traveling to Mid-American Conference foe Akron for a 7 p.m. kickoff.