MHS, MCC sports to get more radio play

MANISTEE — More Manistee High School and Manistee Catholic Central football and basketball games are coming to to the radio.

Synergy Broadcast Group recently expanded its ownership and will now carry all nine MHS and MCC football games, along with 26 boys and girls basketball games for each school.

“In June of this year, we bought Lake Michigan Broadcasting stations, not including 101.5, however we’re assisting them in the operation of that radio station,” said Synergy general manager Richard Young. “Now that we essentially own them all, and 101.5 is under our direction, it’s a perfect opportunity to serve both schools in Manistee with a full slate of sports.”

The Chippewas will be broadcast on WMTE 101.5 FM and the Sabers on WMLQ 97.7.

Frank Balcer will continue to do MCC football games with Dale Edmondson Jr. and said Jeff Gardner will call seven of the MHS games and Kenn Kott will have two.

“I think people are looking forward to it,” said Balcer, who has been broadcasting local sports for almost 60 years. “I know I always get comments, ‘is tonight’s game going to be on?’ Well, now we can tell them, ‘yes,’ more often.

“It’s been a long time since we did all the football games,” he added. “I’m sure people are going to be glad they’re going to be on.”

Young said the previous schedule featured a combination of nine MHS and MCC football games on 101.5, along with 26 basketball games. So, the coverage on the air will now be doubled.

Balcer said he and Gardner will handle the basketball games and the goal is to give girls and boys equal air time.

“It’s my intent to stay with what we’ve been doing,” he said. “In Mason County, they give preference to the boys and kind of shortchange the girls and we won’t be doing that here, we’re going to split it evenly between boys and girls.

“It gives you some flexibility,” he added. “We can select what should be the most interesting games for boys and girls.

The Detroit Tigers will return to local radio when 98.7 hits the airwaves, which Young said should happen in seven to 10 days. Michigan State sports will also be found on 98.7 and the University of Michigan will remain on 94.9.

The co-op Manistee hockey team will still have its road games broadcast on 94.1 and Young said local sports take top billing.

“It’s a No. 1 priority,” he said.

 

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