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Winder radio station to broadcast HS football

POSTED: August 28, 2014 10:17 a.m.
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Station owner Jeff Batten said the plan has always been to focus on high school football in the fall.

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High school football is back, and this season, so are local football broadcasts.

Both live and tape-delayed doubleheader high school football games will once again grace the local radio airwaves, beginning with Friday’s Apalachee and Winder-Barrow season openers.

Apalachee travels to Stockbridge to open the season against Woodland, while Winder-Barrow hosts old rival and area heavyweight Jefferson.

The local station, AM-1300 WJBB, will send broadcast crews to every regular season and playoff game this season, according to station owner Jeff Batten.

"I’ve been eyeballing August 29 since I bought the station in March," Batten said. "There’s nothing, and I mean nothing, that energizes a local radio station more than high school football."

The station will select each week one game to broadcast live and then will air the other game immediately following. For Week 1, Winder-Barrow’s home opener will air live, followed by Apalachee-Woodland on tape delay.

Being on local radio was once common for the local schools, but it’s something that’s been missing recently as the station struggled and ultimately was passed to new ownership.

Batten acquired what was formerly WIMO earlier this year and stated from his first news releases regarding the purchase that sports would feature prominently on the schedule. A show featuring the county’s three high school football head coaches aired weekly over the summer.

The broadcast crews for the fall season are WJBB station manager Tim Rose and Todd Chesser handling Winder Barrow. WJBB personality David Willard and Curt Burkett will call the Apalachee games.

WJBB will also broadcast live from the home stadium at 6:45 for the "Friday Night Lights pre-game kickoff show." This week, that program will air from W. Clair Harris Stadium.

"The technology is in place, the giveaways have been ordered, the announcers are jacked up. Now all we need is two wins to kick off the season," Batten said.

WJBB AM-1300, coupled with its previous incarnation as WIMO, has served Barrow County for more than 60 years and is one of six stations owned by Batten.



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