Some newsworthy items from The Telegram and the Jackson County Broadcasting Co., Inc. (JCBI) radio stations:

General Manager Amanda Crabtree reports on important improvements that have taken place with the four radio stations and the stories behind the changes.

In mid-2018, JCBI received an FM translator for its AM station, Fox Sports 1330. This means that talk-radio lovers and sports enthusiasts can hear Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd and other commentators and coverage all day and all night on 105.3 FM. This is an upgrade as the FM station offers a stronger and more far-reaching signal.

In April, JCBI’s three FM stations had to undergo format changes due to much needed changes to equipment. WKOV 96.7FM is now part of the Tom Kent FUEL network. It is a high-energy, adult-contemporary format with a mix of new music and favorites from the 80s, 90s and 00s. WCJO 97.7FM is mainstream country with your favorite country classics blended with some new favorites. WYRO 98.7FM saw the biggest change when it changed from Classic Rock to Classic Hits.

“The tone of the new format was more subdued and not the usual fan favorite,” Crabtree commented. “The response from listeners and sponsors has given us pause and we are excited to announce that we will be returning to a Classic Rock format in the next 30 days. So if you are a classic rock fan that changed the station, we ask that you tune back in in the coming months. We think you’ll be pleased with the new format.”

Yet another radio-side enhancement may be in the works as well.

“We are also looking at streaming our stations so they can be heard anywhere at any time from any device with internet access,” Crabtree revealed. Internet streaming has already been accomplished with some of the JCBI broadcasts of high school sports games.

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Also on the radio side, Matt McKee will be strolling the midway of the Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival this weekend for two different live remote broadcasts. This special coverage can be heard on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on WKOV (96.7 FM) and on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. on WCJO (97.7 FM).

The Radio would also like to say thanks for all the support received from sponsors and others which allowed for the live broadcasts of Jackson High School home baseball games this season on Fox Sports 1330 AM and 105.3 FM. The final two regular-season broadcasts are scheduled for this Wednesday evening (tonight) against the Wellston Golden Rockets and next Tuesday, May 7, against Gallia Academy. If the Ironmen play any home tournament games, that game or games will also be broadcast.

I would personally like to thank Total Media’s own Keith Davis for helping me with each and every broadcast. Keith is a real pro when it comes to high school sports broadcasting and I have greatly appreciated his participation.

Also, the primary election is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 7 and The Radio will be providing live coverage when the results start rolling in. The coverage will start at 8 p.m. on WKOV (96.7 FM) with Telegram Staff Writer Mindy Barry and myself.

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Switching to The Telegram side of Total Media, I have several public thank-you messages to deliver. We want to thank all the participants and sponsors who make our annual Basketball Mania project a major success. A total of 606 persons entered the contest, which was made possible by the business support of 64 sponsors. It seems as if everybody gets excited when the NCAA Basketball Tournament rolls around.

As editor, I would also like to thank the nine contested primary-election candidates in Jackson County who all participated in The Telegram’s special pre-election coverage. These individual “candidate profiles” were all published in the Saturday, April 20 edition, and hopefully helped to educate the voters about the men and women who want to represent them in some key government positions in the cities of Jackson and Wellston.

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Don’t forget to enter Total Media’s annual Cash Giveaway contest which is now under way and which will climax with a downtown public Block Party on Saturday, May 18. It’s free to enter and the winner will be rewarded with $5,000 to the winner. For more information, including how to enter, check out the ad on Page A3 of today’s edition.