The summer has rapidly flown by and school starts next week. That means high school sports are on the horizon.
Once again KCWJ (1030 AM) will be bring local high school sports to the area. Tony Wrisinger and his staff will be covering area high school sports through several different programs.
The Sonic Locker Room will be hosted by Examiner sportswriter Bill Althaus. It provides an opportunity for listeners to follow the success of local high school students in a variety of activities throughout the school year. The Sonic Locker Room covers Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Independence, Grain Valley, Harrisonville, Raymore-Peculiar and Oak Grove. The coverage includes sports, music, debate, etc. Young enthusiastic students air their positive experiences in their activities.
The radio station will be broadcasting Friday night Blue Springs and Blue Springs South football games throughout the fall. This is the 22nd year the station has hooked up with the Blue Springs School District to broadcast high school football.
Several softball games will be new to the lineup this year. Throughout the 2018-19 school year you can follow local high school boys’ and girls’ basketball games a couple times a week on KCWJ. Last spring, high school baseball games were added to the agenda. In all the above-mentioned sports, KCWJ will continue to follow all the local high schools throughout the playoff system.
The station has covered 11 state championship football games in its 22-year run. Rob Evans will be the play-by-play announcer again this year with Buddy Young providing the color commentary for the Blue Springs South games and myself providing the color for the Blue Springs games. Preps KC Football Friday Night will begin its 10th season on KCWJ. The show will be hosted by Preps KC founder Dion Clisso along with veteran coaching legend Harold Wambsgans. The show will be 4-6 p.m. every Friday throughout the football season. The show discusses high school football for teams on both sides of the state line. It is full of information about the top games of the week.
Dion and Wambsgans interview all the area coaches. High school football fans can catch the show on the way to the game. As an alum of Northwest Missouri State University, I am thrilled to announce that the radio station has added broadcasts of the Northwest Missouri State University football games as well as other men and women’s sports.
The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association is the finest NCAA Division II football conference in the nation. Even if you are not a fan, you may still want to catch their games against Pitt State, University of Central Missouri, Missouri Western, and Washburn. This should be a great addition to the KCWJ sports lineup. It will add a local flare to the NWMSU broadcast with newly hired women’s head basketball coach Austin Myer.
Austin was a basketball standout during his high school years at Blue Spring High School. As in the past, the “Off the Wall with Tim Crone Show” will be aired on Monday nights. Rob Evans and I will summarize, discuss, and argue about local sports topics of the week. We will host several guests throughout the year as well.
You will be able to listen to interviews with Bearcat football coach Rich Wright and all things NWMSU with newly hired athletic director Andy Peterson. Real Country 1030 AM is the place to follow local high school and college sports. Tony Wrisinger and his staff have worked very hard to make KCWJ a place to promote the greatness of young high school students.
Going into its 22nd year Vision Sports, co-founded by Brian Johnston and Tony Wrisinger, has provided more than 250 high school broadcasts. When asked why he created the “Sonic Locker Room Show,” Tony Wrisinger said, “I started Sonic Locker Room because so many people (fans, coaches, and activities director’s) in the area loved our coverage of high school football and always indicated that they wished that other sports were covered like Vision Sports does football. I brought up the idea with Bill Althaus and Bill Wrisinger of Sonic and they both said let’s do it, and in our first 10 years, we easily had 10,000 students, faculty and coaches on the program.”
Also, a quick reminder if you are a hockey fan, you can listen to the St. Louis Blues on the station during hockey season. Everyone involved with KCWJ focused on good things being done daily by young high school students. They promote a multitude of positive experiences that deserve to be shared. I hope the community and local businesses will continue to support the station.
• My quote of the week comes from sports broadcaster Bryant Gumbel about poise: “My ability is to digest a lot of information, which I dispense calmly and articulately while everyone around me is going bananas.”
– Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 6 p.m. every Monday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.