In my “Cheap Shot From the Bleachers” on Thursday’s show, I addressed an e-mail I received earlier in the week from Charles Watkins in which he basically said it’s his opinion that WNST’s coverage of local sports is a detriment to our progress. He went on to make a comparison to our rival on the FM side and noted they spend more time talking about “national sports” like the NBA and wondered if perhaps that’s the reason why their programming is better.
Charles noted in his e-mail: “One of the reasons more people like ‘the FM station’ than you guys is they don’t bog down their progams with talk about colleges that no one cares about.”
If you head to WNST.net and check out the Buy A Toyota.com audio vault RIGHT HERE, you’ll hear my on-air reply to his e-mail.
Well, last night at the SECU Arena, you got all the proof you need about which “local sports leader” (that’s what they call themselves in on-air promos on the FM station) really cares about LOCAL.
Towson played Temple on Thursday night at the brand new, gorgeous SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University. The Tigers are coming off of their best season in 15 years and are pre-season favorites to win the CAA. They were off to a 2-0 start before hosting the Owls last night, a program that is a perennial NCAA tournament team under their outstanding coach, Fran Dunphy. Last night was, give or take a game or two, the biggest college basketball game played in Towson, Maryland since the 1990’s.
WNST had three staffers on site covering the game. Our “beat reporter”, Robert Canady, was there with pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage. Both Glenn Clark and I were there also, as we are for approximately 90% of the Towson home games.
Our @WNST twitter account was alive with Towson basketball updates throughout the evening.
The FM station in town sent no one to cover the game. None of their on-air staffers were there, either as a casual fan or “on the job”.
The FM station’s twitter account? Well, they had ZERO mentions of Towson basketball last night.
Not a halftime score. Not a final result.
According to the FM station last night, Towson basketball didn’t exist.
WNST covers all of the local schools; UMBC, Loyola, Coppin St., Morgan State, Hopkins, Towson, etc.
According to people like Charles, that somehow puts us “behind” the FM station when it comes to programming, interest and ratings.
By the way, Towson improved to 3-0 with a terrific 75-69 win over Temple last night.
But you knew that if you were following @WNST on Twitter.
And you didn’t know that if you’re a “fan” of the FM station in town.