Friday nights on and off the radio dial
By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
Aug. 17, 2003
While only two of the six high school football teams who call Lauderdale County home can be heard on the radio on Friday nights, there are several schools in the surrounding area who can be.
But not all high school football teams have a home on the airwaves.
(Lauderdale)/Southeast (Lauderdale) game was on early in the year," said Northeast Lauderdale athletic director Lewis Lightsey. "Nobody has approached us about doing (a broadcast). We've talked to a few (radio stations) in the past, but it has never worked out. We never had enough sponsorship to have it."
Northeast Lauderdale, along with West Lauderdale, Clarkdale and Southeast Lauderdale, are a of the few programs shut off the radio airwaves.
But many schools can be heard loud and clear on game nights.
Wayne County contests can be heard on WABO 105.5 FM. Prep football fans in Neshoba County can listen to Philadelphia High School games on WHOC 1490 AM and Neshoba Central action on WWSL 102.3 FM.
WLSM 107.1 FM broadcasts Louisville High School games, as well as selected Winston Academy, Nanih Waiya and Noxapater contests throughout the season.
Lamar High School football can be heard on WMLV 106.9 FM.
Meridian High School games can be heard on two radio stations this year. The Wildcats can be found on WJXM 105.7 FM and WZKR 103.3 FM.
West Lauderdale athletic director Jerry Boatner, who has been with the school for 30 years, said as far as he knows, the school has never been approached about airing games on the radio.
Boatner said he was surprised to find out that Meridian High had two stations that will broadcast games this season.
Southeast Lauderdale high school athletic director/head football coach Dwane Taylor said he has not been approached about broadcasting Tigers' games. He also said he has not actively courted a station to broadcast the team's Friday night contests.
Boatner said he would like to find out how a radio broadcast of the Knights' games would go over in the community.
Though his school's games cannot be heard on the radio, Lightsey said the broadcast of games is a good thing.