No. 8 Oklahoma State routs Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 63-7

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State football had most of its starters off the field and out of the game midway through the second quarter of a 63-7 blowout win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday night inside Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cowboys (3-0) were dominant from the opening possession versus the Golden Lions (2-1), an FCS opponent with wins against a NCAA Division II and NAIA program this season. 

Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders led the offense on five drives, four of which ended with a passing touchdown. Sanders ended the game 13-for-16 with 242 yards and four touchdowns. Midway through the second quarter, Sanders was replaced by redshirt freshman Gunnar Gundy, son of head coach Mike Gundy. The younger Gundy saw his first extended playing time and completed 12 of 20 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also had six carries for 42 yards.

The Cowboys got a pair of touchdowns on special teams with Trace Ford returning a blocked punt into the end zone. In the second quarter, Korie Black returned a missed field goal attempt 38 yards to the house.

Defensively, Oklahoma State allowed just 230 total yards, holding Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 81 yards rushing. The Pokes had four sacks and nine tackles for loss.

After a bye week, Oklahoma State opens Big 12 play against Baylor, the defending conference champions, in Waco on Saturday, Oct. 1. Kickoff time is TBD.

Here is a quick recap of Oklahoma State’s win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff with scores, stats and highlights:

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Arkansas-Pine Bluff wins the toss and defers to the second half. Oklahoma State will receive the opening kick.

OSU — Braydon Johnson 24 yard pass Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown kick good, 14:22 . Key Plays: Two plays after a pass interference call on Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Oklahoma State strikes with a pass in the corner of the end zone. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:38. OKLAHOMA STATE 7, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

 Trace Ford blocked punt, 15 yard return (Tanner Brown kick), 12:34 Key Plays: Arkansas-Pine Bluff did pick up a pair of first downs, but Oklahoma State forced a third-and-long before forcing a punt Drive: 5 plays, 11 yards, 1:58. OKLAHOMA STATE 14, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

Josh Sanchez 49 yard punt, touchback, 8:04. Arkansas-Pine Bluff did get across midfield, but was forced to punt. Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 4:20. OKLAHOMA STATE 14, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

OSU — Tom Hutton 49 yard punt, Raequan Prince 13 yard return, 6:31. Key Plays: A loss of two yards on the first play stalled the drive as Oklahoma State went three-and-out. Drive: 3 plays, 9 yards, 1:33. OKLAHOMA STATE 14, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

UAPB — Josh Sanchez 53 yard punt, 4:41. Key Plays: A tackle for loss on third-down by Mason Cobb forces another punt for the Golden Lions. Drive: 3 plays, -1 yards, 1:50. OKLAHOMA STATE 14, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

OSU — John Paul Richardson 10 yard pass Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown kick), 1:50. Key Plays: After a gain of 20 yards on a screen pass to Dominic Richardson, back-to-back incompletions set up a third down for the Cowboys. Spencer Sanders found Braydon Johnson outside for 13 yards and a first down Oklahoma State quickly moved into the red zone. Drive: 10 plays, 87 yards, 2:51. OKLAHOMA STATE 21, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

UAPB — Josh Sanchez 40 yard punt, Brennan Presley 7 yard return, 1:16. Key Plays: Two incomplete passes to start the drive stalled the drive before a holding call on third down forced another punt for Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Drive: 3 plays, 0 yards, 0:32. OKLAHOMA STATE 21, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

OSU — Braydon Johnson 42 yard pass Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown kick), 1:10. Key Plays: Spencer Sanders hit Braydon Johnson deep in the end zone for another score on the first play. Drive: 1 play, 42 yards, 0:06. OKLAHOMA STATE 28, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0


OSU — Brennan Presley 23 yard pass Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown kick), 14:18. Key Plays: Oklahoma State recovered the kickoff after Tanner Brown drilled the kickoff into an Arkansas-Pine Bluff player. The Cowboys faced a third-and-long before Spencer Sanders found Brennan Presley for the score. Drive: 5 plays, 38 yards, 1:51. OKLAHOMA STATE 35, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

UAPB — Josh Sanchez 68 yard punt, 13:09. Key Plays: Arkansas-Pine Bluff faced a third-and-7, but was unable to get the first. Drive: 3 plays, 3 yards, 13:09. OKLAHOMA STATE 35, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

OSU — Dominic Richardson fumble, 11:18. Key Plays: Gunnar Gundy entered the game for Oklahoma State at quarterback. Dominic Richardson fumbled the carry and Arkansas-Pine Bluff recovered. Drive: 4 plays, 18 yards, 1:51. OKLAHOMA STATE 35, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

UAPB — Korie Black 38 yard blocked kick return (Tanner Brown kick), 10:50. Key Plays: Arkansas-Pine Bluff attempted a field goal, but it was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Oklahoma State: Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 0:28. OKLAHOMA STATE 42, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

UAPB — Josh Sanchez 39 yard punt, 7:23. Key Plays: Arkansas-Pine Bluff gained seven yards on a short pass on first down. The Golden Lions picked up a first, but were later forced to punt. Drive: 5 plays, 17 yards, 3:27. OKLAHOMA STATE 42, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

OSU — Maurice Lloyd interception, 6:28. Key Plays: Gunnar Gundy’s first career pass was completed for a 3-yard gain. His third pass was intercepted. Drive: 3 plays, 3 yards, 0:55. OKLAHOMA STATE 42, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 0

UAPB — Raequan Prince 15 yard pass Skylar Perry (Cristopher Thompson kick), 5:24. Key Plays: Raequan Prince made a contested catch in the corner of the end zone. Drive: 5 plays, 23 yards, 1:04. OKLAHOMA STATE 42, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

OSU — Talyn Shettron 16 yard pass Gunnar Gundy (Tanner Brown kick), 1:23. Key Plays: Stephon Johnson Jr. had his first career catch for a gain of 18 yards, and later had another for 15 yards. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 3:54. OKLAHOMA STATE 49, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

UAPB — Josh Sanchez 52 yard punt, Brennan Presley 12 yard return, 0:09. Key Plays: Ben Kopenski made a diving tackle on second down that helped stop Arkansas-Pine Bluff and force a punt. Drive: 3 plays, 8 yards, 1:14. OKLAHOMA STATE 49, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

OSU — END OF HALF, 0:00. Key Plays: Kneel down before halftime. Drive: 1 plays, -2 yards, 0:09. OKLAHOMA STATE 49, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7


UAPB — Josh Sanchez 46 yard punt, 11:05. Key Plays: Ben Kopenski got a sack for his second tackle of the game. Kopenski added another on third down to force a punt. Drive: 5 plays, 12 yards, 3:55. OKLAHOMA STATE 49, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

OSU — Cale Cabbiness 25 yard pass Gunnar Gundy (Alex Hale kick), 9:00. Key Plays: Stephon Johnson Jr. had another big catch on the drive. Drive: 7 plays, 83 yards, 2:05. OKLAHOMA STATE 56, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

UAPB — Josh Sanchez 54 yard punt, 6:31. Key Plays: A new quarterback entered the game for Arkansas-Pine Bluff as Jalen Macon took snaps. Oklahoma State forced another punt. Drive: 5 plays, 21 yards, 2:29. OKLAHOMA STATE 56, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

OSU — Logan Ward 63 yard punt, Jewel Fletcher 14 yard return, 4:32. Key Plays: Gunnar Gundy remained in at quarterback for the Cowboys. Drive: 3 plays, 9 yards, 1:59. OKLAHOMA STATE 56, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

UAPB — Josh Sanchez 32 yard punt, 0:36. Key Plays: Oklahoma State nearly had a fumble recovery, but it was overturned after a review. Johnny Williams had a 14-yard gain for the Golden Lions. The drive stalled for Arkansas-Pine Bluff after an incomplete pass. Drive: 7 plays, 25 yards, 1:38. OKLAHOMA STATE 56, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7


OSU — Ollie Gordon 53 yard run (Alex Hale kick), 13:59. Key Plays: Gunnar Gundy had a 24-yard gain with his legs. Ollie Gordon broke a touchdown run down the sideline. Drive: 7 plays, 89 yards, 1:37. OKLAHOMA STATE 63, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

UAPB — Turnover on downs, 8:48. Key Plays: Oklahoma State forced Arkansas-Pine Bluff into a third-and-5, but the Golden Lions moved into the red zone two plays later. Drive: 11 plays, 72 yards, 5:11. OKLAHOMA STATE 63, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

OSU — Logan Ward 52 yard punt, 6:57. Key Plays: Garret Rangel entered at quarterback for the Cowboys, but the drive resulted in a three-and-out. Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards, 1:51. OKLAHOMA STATE 63, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

UAPB — Josh Sanchez 40 yard punt, 4:21 Key Plays: Nathan Latu got a sack on third down to force a punt. Drive: 3 plays, -2 yards, 2:36. OKLAHOMA STATE 63, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

OSU — Turnover on downs, 3:25. Key Plays: Oklahoma State went for it on fourth down and did not convert. Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 0:56OKLAHOMA STATE 63, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

UAPB — END OF GAME, 0:00. Key Plays: Arkansas-Pine Bluff was unable to score on the final drive. Drive: 6 plays, 15 yards, 3:25OKLAHOMA STATE 63, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7

No. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (2-0, 0-0 SWAC)
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 17
TIME: 6 p.m. (CT)
SITE: Stillwater, Oklahoma
STADIUM: Boone Pickens Stadium (55,509)
STREAM: Big 12 Now on ESPN+
STREAM CREW: Pete Sousa (play-by-play), Chad Brown (analyst)
OSU RADIO: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb, Robert Allen)
INTERNET RADIO: The Varsity Network
LIVE STATS: okstate.com

Betting Info: Not betting info available.

Weather Forecast: According to Weather.com, Saturday’s forecast in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is sunshine, high 98°F, south winds at 10 to 20 mph. There is a less than 5% chance of rain. Temperature at kickoff is 94°F, dropping to 85°F by the fourth quarter.


  • The Oklahoma State captains for Saturday’s game are Dominic Richardson, Thomas Harper, Tyler Lacy and Nick Martin.

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  • Saturday’s game marks the first meeting between Oklahoma State and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Although the Cowboys have never faced the Golden Lions, OSU has played one game against a current member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, defeating Grambling State, 56-6, at Boone Pickens Stadium in the fourth game of the 2009 season. Mike Gundy is a perfect 13-0 in his career when facing FCS teams, and Saturday’s game will mark his first time facing UAPB. It will also mark UAPB coach Doc Gamble’s first time facing the Cowboys.

  • The Oklahoma State football team is 2-0 following a 34-17 win over Arizona State last weekend. The Cowboys overcame an early 3-0 deficit by scoring on six of eight possessions starting midway through the second quarter, and finished the game outgaining the Sun Devils 465-354 in yards of total offense. Quarterback Spencer Sanders has garnered the early headlines through two games, as he turned in the best total offense performance in the FBS so far this season with 463 yards in the season opener and followed it up with 322 yards against ASU. Running back Dominic Richardson also stood out last week against Arizona State as his 175 yards from scrimmage marked a game and career high. The defensive side is breaking in several new starters after losing multiple players to the NFL but has shown success by ranking No. 3 in the FBS in tackles for loss and No. 11 in third down defense. Linebacker Mason Cobb has been OSU’s leading tackler, averaging 10.0 per game to rank No. 2 in the Big 12.

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Pakistan committed to working for affordable internet meaningful connectivity: Amin

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque Sunday said that Pakistan is committed to working for affordable internet, universal, meaningful connectivity, and close global and regional cooperation.

Addressing “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22) Ministerial Roundtable Conference held in Bucharest “Romania”, he said that Pakistan is a country with a 220 million population and 64% of youth under the age of 30 and the government is ready to bet all the resources and efforts on country’s future. “A future which ensures inclusive, universal and sustainable Digital Growth” he added.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22)’s highest policy-making body, meets once every four years to set the Union’s general policies, adopt the four-year strategic and financial plans, and elect the senior management team of the organization, the Member States of the Council, and the members of the Radio Regulations Board.

The government of Pakistan, he said, through its Universal Services Fund (USF) initiative is running diverse Telecom Infrastructure and Services programs that are playing a pivotal role in providing high-speed internet to unserved, underserved and hardest-to-connect communities said a news release received here on Sunday.

The minister said, the subsidy-driven programs are accelerating Digital Transformation and are empowering the marginal communities to ease into the digital ecosystem, with particular emphasis on gender inclusivity.

Amin said, “last 4 years have been our busiest with respect to USFs outreach. We have only contracted 79 new projects worth 266+ Million USD to provide coverage to ~28 million people in this period.”

The minister also informed the participants that the government of Pakistan also intends to provide not only a conducive environment but to drive both the demand and supply sides of the ecosystem, hence creating an image of a globally competitive and prosperous country that provides a high-quality life for all its citizens.

As part of our digital transformation journey, he said, the government is targeting an ambitious slogan “Smartphone for All”.

He said that Pakistan is also implementing a comprehensive smart government ecosystem, which is helping to consolidate the country’s resources and efforts for achieving public service delivery, efficiently and effectively.

He said that Pakistan has a strong vision to empower talented youth by providing opportunities where they can embark on entrepreneurship as a career.

For this purpose, the government of Pakistan is providing an enabling environment to talented youth by establishing tech-based National Incubation Centers (NIC) across the country, he added.

He said that last year, the Pakistani startup space caught the global attention of renowned investors and VC firms and attracted the record highest-ever investments with a 275 % increase.

The minister said Pakistan is aware of the challenges of fast-tracking the digital Ecosystem for remote societies. “Our resolve is our unwavering determination to see these marginal communities stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world” he added.

While informing the participants of the recent flood in Pakistan, Amin said that the floods in the country have been devastating and the havoc left behind is out of the realm of imagination.

“Despite being lowest on global carbon emission ranking, Pakistan is one of the largest affectees of climate changes in the world” the minister said.


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WTAW looks back at 100 years of radio

For the past several months, Tom Turbiville has been digging into history. As WTAW nears its 100th anniversary, Turbiville has interviewed current and former radio station employees and scoured audio clips and other local media to find stories to feature on a daily segment.

Turbiville, who worked at WTAW for 19 years, has uncovered tales about how the station has grown and changed over the years. Among these are how the station’s call letters stand for “Watch the Aggies Win,” how it reported the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, its connections to Elvis Presley and when live commercials were introduced on the air.

One segment featured how disc jockey Tom Journay had a system of coded words — targeted to his girlfriend in Bellville — which he used in his stock market reports to signal if he could see her over the weekend. Another featured an interview with Nat Rezzoffi Coad, who was named Miss WTAW in 1959.

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“I learned more in an hour with each one of these people about my former employer than I knew in 19 years of working here,” Turbiville said.

These vignettes begin to scratch the surface of the station’s past.

WTAW turns 100 on Oct. 7, and it has evolved from starting as an experimental station for Texas A&M students to focusing on country music and now serving as a news-talk station with local coverage and national programs.

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Bryan Broadcasting’s Ben Downs, Mary Mike Hatcher, Scott DeLucia and Bill Hicks.

“If you just want a jukebox, we’re not that,” said Ben Downs, general manager of Bryan Broadcasting, which owns WTAW and 10 other local stations. “But if you want to be plugged into the community and find out what’s going on with our local news coverage and community service, then this is where you go for that.”

Back to the beginning

Before the station was called WTAW, it used experimental call letters “5YA” and “5XB,” which were assigned by the Department of Commerce, Downs said. The station was owned by Texas A&M and operated out of the mechanical and electrical engineering building, which is now Bolton Hall.

Aggie students are believed to be responsible for the first broadcast of a college football game on Nov. 24, 1921, when A&M played rival Texas. Students sent coded messages describing the game as it happened, which were then relayed over the air.

On Oct. 7, 1922, the station received its license and new call letters — WTAW — and broadcast on 360 meters, which would be 830 AM today. For a number of years, WTAW changed frequencies and shared a channel with KUT in Austin and KGBO in Baton Rouge, Downs said.

“Stations didn’t stay on the air,” he said. “They said what they had to say and then went off the air. So in the morning, we would have the morning farm report, say at 7 o’clock, and then if we were done at 7:20, we would turn the transmitter off. At noon, we had the ‘Happy Homemakers Show’ and that ran from 12 until 12:15 from the agriculture extension service. And when we were done with that, we turned the transmitter off.”

On March 13, 1941, WTAW officially moved to 1150 AM and stayed there for the remainder of the 20th century. Texas A&M owned the station until it was sold at auction in 1959, according to an Eagle article. The station didn’t go to 24 hours until 1977.

“At the time, WTAW was able to choose to go to 50,000 watts and 24 hours a day, and the people at Texas A&M who were in charge didn’t want the students staying up late at night listening to the radio,” Downs said. “They wanted them to study hard, so they accepted a daytime frequency only and accepted it as a lower-class radio station.”

Scott DeLucia started with WTAW — then a country-music-focused station — in 1967, and worked his way up to program director in 1972. At that time, WTAW was celebrating its 50th anniversary, and DeLucia was tasked with recording salutes from country artists. At the top of DeLucia’s list was Elvis Presley. His attempts at getting a recording fell short, but on the morning of the anniversary, a telegram came in: “Colonel Tom and Elvis congratulate you on 50 years at WTAW.”

“The great thing about country music is the artists really relate to the fans, so they understand the station itself was important, so as a result, they were on tour,” DeLucia said. “They’d come to the old Lakeview Club. We could record them there. Some of them actually came to the radio station. People like Charley Pride and Conway Twitty, who were really, really big stars, did personal recordings for us.”

DeLucia credits A.J. Winn, a country artist and WTAW disc jockey, for helping bring Elvis to play at the Saddle Club, a rodeo arena, in 1955. According to a 1987 Eagle profile, Winn also booked Hank Williams to play at Snook Hall in December 1952, just two weeks before Williams died.

In 1961, John Hicks, who was in the radio business in Port Arthur, bought WTAW, and hired Bill Watkins to run it. Hicks sold it to Watkins in 1979. Seven years later, Hicks’ son, Bill, bought the station from Watkins. Bill Hicks remains the majority owner of the station today.

“It’s sort of been in my family off and on for 61 years,” Bill Hicks said. “And we’re still going to be here. I hope we’re still here for a long time to come.”

A big shift

Ben Downs was hired as WTAW general manager in 1990. Soon after, he gathered the station’s employees at a College Station restaurant for an important announcement: The station would be ditching country music and going to a news-talk format.

AM radio couldn’t compete with the rising FM’s sound quality, and Downs and Hicks said they sought a move to pivot the station’s future.

DeLucia recalls a big moment from that restaurant meeting: Downs had a cassette tape and pushed play, saying, “This is the guy I’ve listened to, and I think he’s our future.”

The “guy” was Rush Limbaugh.

“You don’t really have to say much more than that,” DeLucia said. “He saved AM radio. There’s no doubt about it.”

WTAW soon began broadcasting the syndicated “Rush Limbaugh Show” daily. Downs came from a station in Nacogdoches that was one of the first 50 stations to have Limbaugh’s show, and he said he knew what talk radio could do. But the initial change had its bumps.

“As you can imagine, that didn’t go over very well,” Downs said. “But I was confident that this area, as conservative as it is, would love to have a conservative talk radio station on the air, and we did. And WTAW has been a major success ever since then.”

Over the years, WTAW has featured syndicated shows from personalities including Sean Hannity, Bruce Williams and “Dr. Laura” Schlessinger. Neal Boortz, who attended A&M, got his start at WTAW. He eventually landed a national show and sometimes broadcast from the WTAW studio.

Downs, who was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2019, noted WTAW benefited from the “Rush bump,” and listenership increased about 20% when Limbaugh’s show came on the air.

“We’ve always had the luck of being able to … whoever the hottest talk show was, being able to get it because there’s nobody else around that really does talk radio,” Downs said. “We went to that and really haven’t looked back. We came onboard with Rush in 1990, and until he passed away a year or so ago, every day at 11 o’clock, Rush Limbaugh’s been on the air and he has been the anchor of the radio station.”

Bill Oliver

Bill Oliver, WTAW’s news director, has been at the station for 12 years.

Today, WTAW’s national lineup includes Glenn Beck, Clay Travis & Buck Sexton, Sean Hannity and Joe Pags. Local content includes “The Infomaniacs” in the morning and “5 O’Clock News Hour” in the afternoons with Bill Oliver, WTAW’s news director who has been at the station for 12 years.

“It was the most important thing that we’ve done in a generation, to go to that type of programming,” Hicks said. “And so far it continues to be successful.”

‘The Infomaniacs’

Local morning talk shows have been a part of WTAW for decades. “The Infomaniacs” airs weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. Hicks calls it “the most important block of time for what we do.”

Dating back to at least the 1960s, the “Muck and Mire” show was WTAW’s morning program that had a blend of local news and music.

When the station switched to the talk format and moved into Crystal Park Plaza, DeLucia said the show changed and expanded from two people to three.

The program was just called “The Morning Show,” DeLucia said. A regular listener called in and said there was a cartoon show called “Animaniacs” and so the hosts of “The Morning Show” were “The Infomaniacs.”

“It stuck literally the next day,” DeLucia said.

Chelsea Reber

Chelsea Reber has been on “The Infomaniacs” since 2017. She says listeners understand the flow of the show, and their contributions to it make it special.

DeLucia has been a co-host of WTAW’s morning program since 1983, when he returned to the station after a short stint away. DeLucia, Turbiville and Jay Socol formed the trio that became “The Infomaniacs” in 1994. When Socol left in 2000 to become the public information officer for the city of Bryan, Chace Murphy joined the show and the three were together until Turbiville’s retirement in 2012. DeLucia is now accompanied by Zach Taylor and Chelsea Reber, and they have been together since August 2017.

“When people ask me, I just say it’s kind of a hodgepodge of everything,” Taylor said when describing the show. “It’s not a political talk show. It’s not a sports talk show. It’s not music, obviously, because we’re not a music station. So we really talk about anything and everything under the sun. A lot of times, it’s light, humorous things, but obviously we get serious about some things, too.”

A quirk of the show that listeners might not realize: The three hosts are in different studio rooms while on the air. It was uncomfortable at first, but DeLucia said it helps to learn the flow of the show.

“Because we are in separate rooms, you have to listen,” DeLucia said. “You have to pay attention. You have to be engaged. Over time, you pick up the speech pattern of the people you’re working with and you try not to step on each other. That’s one of the very difficult things to do. But you get the timing down, and as a result, it can be a discussion of three people weighing in.”

Reber said the show has listeners that have tuned in since the 1990s, and that the listeners have made the show special over the years by knowing the flow and the rhythm.

“The engagement we have with them — when they understand how the show works, and they call in and literally give us the punchline to the joke that we have already started,” Reber said. “You know you’ve got really special listeners when they are able to be part of the show, not just listen to the show.”

Mary Mike Hatcher

Mary Mike Hatcher, senior account executive at Bryan Broadcasting, was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.

Hatcher’s impact

Mary Mike Hatcher is senior account executive at Bryan Broadcasting and started at WTAW in 1977. She came as a sales and marketing consultant, but within two years was asked to be a co-host on the “Muck and Mire” show. She was the first woman to co-host the program, and served in the role for 12 years.

“I am very proud of the fact that I was the first female host of a morning show [at WTAW] back in ’79,” Hatcher said. “We did have female news people and we had female DJs, but we didn’t have a morning talk show host. So I was very honored when Joe Monroe tapped me to be his partner.”

Hatcher said “Muck and Mire” was community-oriented. She was on the air when Elvis Presley died in 1977, and shared the news with the audience: “The king is dead.”

In 2018, Hatcher was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. She is one of 35 women among almost 500 inductees in the hall.

“I didn’t train to be an on-air host, but I was kind of witty,” Hatcher said. “And I wouldn’t say opinionated, because I would say I played the second fiddle to whoever was in the main chair. But I added some color to the morning and maybe a little bit of a softer side.”

Reber said Hatcher has been a role model as an on-air personality at WTAW.

“To see her success and what she’s done in this industry has been a truly incredible resource to have, especially to be able to walk right down the hallway,” Reber said. “Even though she’s not on-air anymore, she has been a huge, huge role model. I don’t know if I’ve told her enough, but to have someone to look up to, especially being a female on what has been primarily a male-driven show, that’s been huge. Sometimes it’s hard to realize where you can fit in, so for her to already have shown that there is room for women in this industry, and at the top of the totem pole, so to say, it’s been really cool to have her to look up to.”

There have been three other female co-hosts on WTAW’s morning news shows: Teresa Woodard, now with WFAA in Dallas; Kat McMullen, now on Bryan Broadcasting’s Peace 107; and Gena Parsons, who continued her media career in Florida and is now retired.

Reber said she’s worked to get more female listeners and engagement from women by bringing up female-related topics.

“I see the future as being … I would love for our listenership to become more diverse,” Reber said. “Just trying to get more variety of listeners, and a lot of that has to do with what we talk about.”

Looking ahead

In April 2000, the station moved to 1620 AM to increase its power by 10 times and have less interference. WTAW is one of just five radio stations in the country to broadcast on 1620 AM, Downs said.

When WTAW switched to 1620, 1150 AM became KZNE, “The Zone,” a sports-talk station. Sports-talk host Chip Howard was on WTAW before the switch and remains on KZNE today. He has been with Bryan Broadcasting for 29 years. In 2019, WTAW added 94.5 as the station’s FM component.

Of the major news outlets in Bryan-College Station, WTAW remains the lone one that is locally owned. Hicks said it goes with the locally focused business model.

“The word localism, it’s a word, but it means doing everything we can to provide as much information as possible to our listeners about what is going on in this community,” he said. “And since we live here and we have invested our lives in being here, we believe in that for ourselves, too.”

Turbiville said the station hasn’t seen much turnover in the past few decades, thanks in part to the local management.

“This radio station has always been a situation where you didn’t have to send a letter or an email to a corporate office out of town to get an answer or know where you stood,” Turbiville said. “The owner and general manager were 20 steps down the hall. That has always been the appeal for working here. Everything is local.”

Oliver said radio has been able to survive over the last century despite the rise of different mediums to receive news, including television, the internet and smartphones.

“We’ve adapted and added the technology,” Oliver said. “It just gives us more vehicles to be able to disseminate the product that we have. I think there’s always a bright future for radio in not only the traditional component of having the radio, or having the programming on your smart speaker or having it on a different device.”

As WTAW reaches the 100-year mark, Downs said the station will continue to remain local and serve the community.

“We’re going to have local people who work here and know the community,” he said. “We’re going to have our local shows in the morning and our local news in the evening. That’s what we’re going to keep doing. Now, how does it play out? I don’t know. Everything’s changed and everything will continue to change. But we are going to continue to be a local station until we can’t anymore. And that, right now, looks like it’s a long way away.”

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Zach Taylor, one-third of “The Infomaniacs,” also has the title of keeper of the WTAW pickle.

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Why Newspapers Will Survive the Onslaught of the Internet

Recently, a prominent Naga personality said, “Who even reads newspapers these days? Everything is readily available on social media…”. Without delving much into the details, I reckon that the statement was in bad taste and without proper thought.

Moreover, this is not a retort or a response but rather about how the question has given me the urge to retrospect on the topic. 

The current scenario

The current technological world is moving at such a pace that even trends get outdated in no time, which the media industry is clearly becoming part of. With everything and anything readily available at the click of a finger and a few taps, the stature of print media is steadily declining on a global scale.

Currently, the print news media is taking a ‘beating’ at the hands of digital/social media. Digital/social media is much faster. It disseminates information and news in the blink of an eye and has the ability to reach a wide range of audience in a short span of time. Look around you and see how people consume news and media and you can make your own informed deductions.

The internet is crushing the already declining print media.

Even at the local-level, Nagaland has four major English dailies, a handful of vernacular papers and another ‘hyperlocal’ English daily at present. Comparing this number to the presence of news pages on social media — Facebook, Instagram and YouTube combined — print newspapers do not even comprise half the number of these sites.

The general consensus, which has been floating around for decades, around the print news industry, however is that it is ‘not yet’ dead! Countless surveys and research around the world consistently show that there has been a steady decline in newspaper readership over the years and decades.

However, while the internet has fueled the growth of social media news sites on various platforms and shortened the gap between news and people, what it lacks is credibility and authenticity, stemming from the fact that a particular news can be morphed, edited, deleted, etc. in an instant.

Moreover, the ethics of journalism, more often than not, is missing from social media news sites as stated and observed by veterans of the print media. 

‘Print will survive’

Print newspaper has come a long way and seen major generational and technological advances. It has survived the radio and television, which arguably are faster ways to disseminate information compared to a newspaper.

Despite the current technological advances, the print media has built a niche for itself and it is because of the simplicity of picking up a newspaper and reading it that it has survived. Unlike modern technologies, newspapers do not require access to the internet and need not be charged!

A seasoned journalist, when queried about social media and its impact on print media, responded that social media sites just do not bring the feeling of authenticity. ‘Whenever there is a viral news or video on the internet, people will look for it in the newspapers the next day for more credible details and if it is authentic or not’, he stated.

In addition, a regular advertiser (an organisation) in the print media echoed the same sentiment that print is ‘authentic and credible’. And that sentiment reverberates with readers and advertisers as well, hence the preference for advertisements on print media over social media platforms.

Although some may argue that print ads are more expensive compared to digital media, it should also be known that print itself is a costly affair due to multiple inputs such as physical labour, ink, machinery, etc. 

Further, one has to pay a premium for the name, the credibility and the reach of an established print media just as one would have to fork out to pay an ‘internet influencer’ or a leading digital news/social media site for a sponsored post or an ad.

Another veteran journalist based in Dimapur with almost 20 years of experience stated that despite the dwindling circulation of print newspapers, people will still need to publish court notices, affidavits, births and deaths, insurance claims among others because print is proof in a court of law.

A local newspaper is also a great way to disseminate information about the community for the locals. Established print media houses have loyal readership bases. For these readers, reading the newspaper has become a habit that is inherent to how they consume news. 

A number of scientific research and studies conducted over the years have also found that people are able to retain information better on print than reading it on a screen. The reason? Because print is physical. Reading and feeling the paper, the brain is able to process it easier, thereby increasing recall.

Bottom line, newspapers have adapted to several life changing technological advances and will continue to adapt for survival. 

The way forward

While this is not a definitive theory proven by scientific research, here is my take on the way forward.

Established print media houses need to up the ante and move forward with the changing times. One way of doing that is to capitalise the ‘established’ name of the paper, take it to the digital platform and diversify across various platforms.

If people subscribe and read an established newspaper, they will also, surely, follow the paper in the digital platform due to its name. For a print newspaper at this day and age, the digital platform should not be ignored or seen as a competition, but rather as an ally and try to derive the maximum benefit.

Another way forward is to know the readership, the audience and act accordingly. Stories about ‘the local community, by the local community and for the local community’, while raising societal issues will bring in more readers and help to amplify their stories. 

To conclude, as long as there is a love for reading, love for the physical and raw feeling of reading on a physical paper or book, print media will go on despite its dwindling circulation and despite the fact that not all may make it.

‘Newspapers will survive time; the ‘paper’ part may not!’

PS: This article in no way intends to discredit any digital/social media news sites. Rather, it is a commentary on the current state of affairs.

Inakavi Kasho
Signal Rio colony, Dimapur

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Husband’s Birthday Gift For His Wife Is The Sweetest Thing On The Internet Today

Watch: Husband's Birthday Gift For His Wife Is The Sweetest Thing On The Internet Today

The video was posted 11 hours ago on Reddit

Planning to surprise your wife on her birthday? Well, take a cue from this gentleman who just set a new benchmark for the husbands out there. A Reddit user shared by username u/Thund3rbolt shows a wife’s reaction to the surprise. In it, we see a woman checking her phone when suddenly an RJ on the radio wishes her a very happy birthday. He says, “A very special happy birthday to Julie from Nottingham. Chris wants to tell you Julie how much he still loves you after 25 years together and he’s so very proud of you.” 

The RJ also talked about the place where Chris proposed to Julie and their favourite song and the memories attached to it. The video shows Julie shocked at first, but overwhelmed after a few seconds in the video. Dressed in a blue dress, Julie shed tears of joy after hearing the announcement by the RJ. The video was posted with the caption, “Husband Surprises Wife With 50th Birthday Wish Over The Radio.” 

Check out the video here:  

The 36-second clip has received 96,000 upvotes and 590 comments on Reddit. The Internet loved the surprise and gave the husband full marks for the efforts made. 

A user commented, “For god sake someone give that woman a hug!” Another user commented, “This actually made me smile and I’m not a mushy person but it was just so sweeeet! You can see how much it meant to her.” “Chris should put the phone down and go hug his crying wife.” 

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Radio Ceylon: The Lankan queen of airwaves | Indiablooms

When you walk down the long verandah of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation building in Colombo,  nostalgia engulfs you. You witness the key highlight moments in the history of the station as depicted through the various pictures adorning the walls.

Out of all the pictures present, there is one image which drew my attention where I could see the just departed Queen Elizabeth II addressing the public from a studio in Radio Ceylon in the year 1954.

The picture itself reflected the glorious past of the iconic Sri Lankan radio broadcaster which had not only won hearts in its own nation but even in India and Nepal.

Far away from the world of social media and internet, Radio Ceylon, as it was popularly known, remained a backbone for entertainment for a vast population across South Asia in the 1960s and 70s. Listening to the channel, radio listeners found peace, as most of the nations had gained independence only a few decades ago after a hard fought freedom struggle against the British.

It was a time when radio touched the hearts of audiences in Sri Lanka with its vast collection of records and some talented announcers whose mellifluous voice and charismatic presentations made the programmes lively.

Unlike today, music, bulletins and beloved voices during those era travelled the air waves to reach millions of homes and offices by traversing boundaries.

Like India, Radio Ceylon also has its foot deeply rooted to the country’s colonial past. On December 16, 1925, the radio service was established during the British Empire and it functioned as a news service for the Allied forces during the Second World War.

After Sri Lanka gained independence, it came under the governance of the Ceylon government.

The Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation took over it in 1972 after it was established but by that time the broadcaster from the tiny Island Nation had made a huge impact in the region, creating a huge fanbase not only within its border but beyond as well.

Hudson Samarasinghe is the current Chairman of the iconic Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).Hudson Samarasinghe is the current Chairman of the iconic Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).

Hudson Samarasinghe, Chairman, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), said: “I remember in the 1970s, lots of Indian tourists used to stop the bus near the SLBC and come to see the popular presenters who worked here.”

“Sometimes, I have even seen people taking away soil from our premises. Later, I came to know that these people considered our station as a holy place as early morning Bhajans and such devotional songs were played here,” he said.

Apart from the scintillating performance on the announcer’s seat by some iconic radio presenters, it was the vast collection of its songs, which included a wide array of Hindi music, that made Radio Ceylon a heartthrob among music lovers in Nepal and Pakistan, especially in India.

Recollecting the impact created by Radio Ceylon in Nepal, one of its listeners Tumita Hazra, 66, said: “I was in my school at that time and I can still remember we used to listen to it when my father left for his chamber. The shows had a freshness in them and we loved the presentation style of the anchors. I can say that people of my generation will never forget this beautiful radio station from Sri Lanka which kept us entertained during our teen days.”

Another old listeiner of the service, Kishore Kumar Mallick, 67, a resident of the East Indian city of Kolkata, said he first listened to the songs of Beatles by tuning to Radio Ceylon in his school days.

“I am a guitarist by profession and I still remember how Radio Ceylon made a strong impact on me during my teen days.It was through this station that I first came to know about Beatles and rest you can say is now a part of my life journey,” he said with a touch of nostalgia gripping over him.

A glimpse of the verandah of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation where several images reflecting the glorious historical past of the station could be seen.A glimpse of the verandah of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation where several images reflecting the glorious historical past of the station could be seen.

It is believed that one of the key reasons behind the success of Radio Ceylon in the paradigm of South Asian airwaves was its vast library and collections of music.

During my visit to Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, I met  Subhashini De Silva, Record Librarian, who took us to the Hindi language library and as a perfect guide narrated the story of the radio station in detail.

“There are five libraries within the SLBC which also include one for the archives,” she explained to IBNS speaking in fluent Hindi.

“Four libraries are dedicated to languages like Sinhalese, Hindi, English and Tamil,” she said.

She said in the Hindi language library, songs of other Indian languages, like Bengali and Sindhi, among others are also present.

“Our Hindi broadcasting library helps in the performance of the Asia Hindi Service,” she said.

Subhashini De Silva, Record Librarian, showing old records at the Hindi Language library of the station.Subhashini De Silva, Record Librarian, showing old records at the Hindi Language library of the station.

Subhashini De Silva also showed an archive of the card service which is present inside the Hindi Library and said: “We are still keeping it and will try to preserve it in future as well.”

Battle of air waves: AIR vs Radio Ceylon

Radio Ceylon gave a tough competition to All India Radio from the 1950s to the 1970s, catering Indian listeners the best experience they truly wanted to cherish.

Radio Ceylon, without any doubt, dominated the South Asian airwaves during that period.

Moving down the pages of history, it can be seen that Radio Ceylon had enjoyed a periodic rise during the 50s to 70s in India due to the restrictive policies of the then Information and Broadcasting Ministry (in the 50s the minister was  BV Keskar).

Calcutta University’s Department of Museology associate professor Mahua Chakrabarti wrote in her observation: “For several years commencing in 1952, ‘All India Radio’ (AIR) stopped broadcasting film music because BV Keskar, the then Minister for Information and Broadcasting, under whose charge AIR fell, decided film songs had become vulgar, erotic and Westernized. He first imposed a ten percent quota on film music and, after discussions with the ‘Film Producers Guild of India’ became futile, AIR stopped broadcasting film music altogether for several years. AIR’s prohibition, however, did not have an effect on the genre’s popularity, as people tuned to ‘Radio Ceylon’ to listen to film music.”

“Radio Ceylon was at the right place and the right time,” Ameen Sayani, the celebrated radio anchor, whose compelling voice was among the many that ‘Radio Ceylon’ carried to listeners in India, was quoted as saying by Mahua Chakrabarti in her write up.

So, when you visit Radio Ceylon, during your stay in Sri Lanka, do not forget to walk down the long verandah and see all the pictures framed on the walls, telling stories of the past about a station which not only created history but wrote a golden era of broadcasting with its performance.

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Mediacorp radio DJs broadcast ‘live’ from Orchard Road as part of F1 celebrations

If you’re shopping along Orchard Road in these two weeks, keep an ear out for Mediacorp radio DJs broadcasting their shows live as part of the F1 Singapore Grand Prix celebrations. 

meLISTEN – The Sound of Home started on Friday (Sep 23) outside Ngee Ann City, with LOVE972’s Violet Fenying and co-host Patricia Mok, as well as 987’s Sonia Chew, Joakim Gomez, Ann Nicole and Natasha.

The schedule for the rest of the broadcast days through Oct 2 below:


1pm to 2pm:: DJs Vimala and Kather from Oli 968, with appearances by artistes Baha and Sharon Shobana

2pm to 3pm: Ria 897 DJs Nity Baizura, Fadli Kamsani, Danial Shahrin, Saffwan Shah and Azlin Ali, with an appearance by singer Farhan Shah

4pm to 5pm: DJz RZ and TG from Warna 942

6pm to 7pm: GOLD 905 DJs Mike Kasem, Vernetta Lopez, Denise Tan, Philip Chew, Catherine Robert and Mr X


5pm to 8pm: YES 933 DJs Zhong Kunhua and Hazelle Teo, with an appearance by actor Qi Yuwu

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