Community thrilled to tune-in to sports programming this season
Football season kicks off for the Caldwell County Tigers tomorrow. Many sports fans in Princeton, Kentucky, are relieved that they’ll still be able to catch their play-by-play tiger action.
“We’re thrilled to death here in Princeton,” said Bruce McEuen, who has been a resident of Princeton since 1960.
McEuen wasn’t referring to football season alone. He was talking about WPKY. He depends on the AM station for all the football action. David Barnes, the head football coach and athletic director for Caldwell County High School, says that reaction has been heard by many. He is also glad the station was purchased from Commonwealth Broadcasting by two local business owners. “Thank goodness they stepped up to buy that (and) do what they’ve done, not only for the school, but for our community,” he said.
The new owners aren’t new to business. The owners of Trice Hughes car dealership and the operators of the local McDonald’s teamed up to invest in their community. This is a good move, according to Commonwealth Vice-President Dan Thornhill. He says it’s best if the station is locally owned and operated.
“It operates better as what I would call a mom-and-pop operation,” Thornhill said.
Although sports programming begins on Friday, other local programming, like news and weather, will begin in October. The new owners are awaiting application approval from the FCC so they can transmit their AM station on an FM signal as well. That local program is a staple in many people’s lives, like Fanestia Massey.
“I’m very excited that our local radio station is coming back. I’m very excited,” Massey said, adding that she tuned in every morning.
The new owners expect that FCC approval to take place in six to eight weeks.
The games will broadcast on AM 1580 or the Tune In App on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. Just search for "WPKY Online". Fans can also listen to the action on the station’s Facebook page.