The birth of Knight Radio
Since the formation of Tyler Consolidated High School in 1993 there has been a focus on fostering school spirit and support.
Some might not realize that desire and wanting to broadcast the new sports teams’ events birthed WRSG Knights Radio.
WRSG Radio Station Manager Greg Goodfellow said it all started when Ken Hunt, former board member, was talking to then-TCHS Principal Charles “Chuck” Heinlein about having the new sports teams on the radio. Goodfellow, always interested in radio, volunteered to start the process concerning building a high school FM operation.
The idea languished for about five years, until former local businessman John Eckels heard of it. The next day he talked to a co-owner of the WRRR (93R) radio in St. Marys.
That effort in 1998 was combined with legislative help from the late Jimmy Willison, then a state delegate; grants from the Stealey Community Fund; and then-Superintendent Sandy Weese securing about $10,000 of “seed” money to begin construction.
It might be said that the station started with a “thank you” during a radio remote, directed to the talent and former co-owner because they aired the TCHS football game with Weir High School, when outstanding running back and eventual NFL running back Quincy Wilson ran roughshod over the Silver Knights.
Goodfellow followed with many other remote visits, learning the ins and outs of radio. That, coupled with Eckels’ hard work, the station was born.
It may not have been a fancy start, but the station took to the air in May 2001 from a student’s laptop computer and an inexpensive automation system. “We restarted the station in October 2001 when the station received its own desktop computers for both production and on-air broadcasting,” noted Goodfellow.
“Over the past almost 14 years, we have done numerous remotes from the Tyler County Fair and have seen a couple of radio alumni go on to broadcasting and related industries-most notably Scott Northcraft, the Operations Manager at Seven Ranges Radio,” said Goodfellow.
They received the translator that currently covers Sistersville at 101.7 in December 2006, and Seven Ranges has allowed them to use its 95.9 frequency that targets St. Marys and Newport.
They are currently carrying a variety of syndicated radio shows not found anywhere else in the local area and are always looking for more. At least three new shows have debuted this year: The Hot Country Countdown, Vintage Gold Classics, and Psych-Out, a psychedelic music show that is currently on the radar to be added soon.