Kentucky high school sports radio show won’t return to the air

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Rick Shaw, left, has been the “driving force” of the Kentucky High School Scoreboard Show for the past 21 years.

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A Friday night high school sports fixture on Kentucky radio for the past two decades will not be returning this season.

The “Kentucky High School Scoreboard Show” will not air in 2022 as its “driving force” and host Rick Shaw fully completes his retirement from the industry.

“It was a great run,” Shaw told the Herald-Leader on Thursday. “I had no idea it would last this long or get this big. I was able to pull it all together and started with 12 stations 21 years ago.

At its peak, “High School Scoreboard” aired on more than 50 radio stations and streamed online, Shaw said.

But the logistics of producing a live weekly show from 10 p.m. to midnight without Shaw was a tough sell in today’s internet age, when the whole world is connected online and it’s a little easier to find sheet music from Pikeville to Paducah than in 2001.

“Rick was the driving force behind the ‘Kentucky High School Scoreboard’, he did everything from securing affiliates and sponsors, to programming coaches, to hosting the weekly radio show “said Michael Jordan, senior vice president of programming for 630 WLAP-AM, part of iHeart Media Inc. “We wish Rick a happy retirement, we are thrilled for him, Sharon and the family and we thank him for his outstanding commitment to the Kentucky High School Scoreboard Show and high school athletics.”

Shaw actually retired from his primary position in the radio industry (representing sales for Clear Channel in Lexington) in 2012, but his love of high school sports kept him on the air with the show. dashboard for another nine years. He shared hosting duties with WLAP’s Billy Rutledge last season as he began to drift away.

Shaw originally came up with the idea for the show after hearing a similar show produced in Indiana by Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence who later became Vice President of the United States. In its early days, Shaw’s show also encountered obstacles.

“At Clear Channel, it went all the way to Pittsburgh and they said, ‘Well, nobody cares about sports in high school,’ and we said, ‘Well, in Kentucky, they are. “Shaw said.

But as with all things, there comes a time to move on.

“It’s been the thrill of a lifetime working with Cawood Ledford and Ralph Hacker for 20 years on the UK radio network and then 21 years on this show,” Shaw said. “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have been on this show and produced it.”

Sayre football gets radio deal

An agreement between Sayre School and LM Communications will keep high school football on the air in Lexington.

The Sayre Spartans’ home and away football games will air on WZNN-FM 96.1 The Zone with play-by-play announcer Angelo Carriero each Friday.

Sayre, coached by former Marshall and New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington, plays in Class A, Kentucky’s smallest high school football division. He hosts Eminence on Friday with a kick off at 7:30 p.m. The broadcast will begin at 7:15 p.m.

For the past few years, Carriero has led “Varsity Game Night” with a number of live football and basketball games at Lexington Public Schools on WZNN or WLXG-AM 1300.

PrepSpin’s Fayette lockdown comes to an end

William Warfield, owner of high school sports streamer PrepSpin.com, has reached an agreement with Fayette County Public Schools and the NFHS Network to return to Fayette County Public School campuses starting this fall.

PrepSpin, a pioneer in high school sports streaming in central Kentucky for more than a decade, last broadcast a 2020 Fayette Public Schools college game before automated NFHS network cameras failed. be fully installed at Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, Henry Clay, Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek. With these cameras, NFHS Network and KHSAA.tv secured exclusive rights deals to broadcast football and basketball games, thereby blocking PrepSpin.

With this agreement, PrepSpin will simulcast select Fayette games on its own streams and on the NFHS network. The deal came too late to adjust the PrepSpin football schedule for this fall, but Warfield said he would look for opportunities to insert games. PrepSpin will have Henry Clay’s game at Lexington Catholic on August 26 as part of its streaming deal with LexCath.

PrepSpin marked the end of the lockdown with a Lexington Area Football Season preseason broadcast last week that featured the head coaches of Lexington’s nine high school football teams.

This story was originally published August 18, 2022 2:14 p.m.

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