Beasley Broadcast Group of Southwest Florida hopes to add to its audience with some recent moves related to the local ESPN sports programming.
In addition to its 770 placement on the AM dial, Sports fans can now catch all of the ESPN Radio action on three locations on the FM dial: 98.1 FM in South Fort Myers and Estero; 101.5 FM in Bonita Springs and North Naples; and 105.1 FM in Naples and Marco Island.
Those with an HD Radio can hear 770 ESPN Radio on the HD2 channel of sister station 96 K-Rock, WRXK-FM, by tuning to 96.1-HD2.
"This is a big deal for Southwest Florida sports enthusiasts," said Brad Beasley, vice president and market manager for Beasley Broadcast. "For the past 12 years, the only way to hear sports in our community has been on the AM dial. Now our loyal listeners can also follow their favorite teams and events at multiple locations on the FM dial … and that's awesome!"
ESPN Radio broadcast games from the Miami Heat, Tampa Bucs, Florida Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida State Seminoles and Miami Hurricanes.
In the Southwest Florida market, Beasley owns five radio stations, 96 K-Rock WRXK-FM, 99X WJBX-FM, B103.9 WXKBFM, Sunny 106 WJPT-FM, and 770 ESPN Radio WWCN-AM.
On WGUF replacing Michael Savage with Jerry Doyle, Phyllis writes, "When my husband died, late at night I would hear burglars (I thought) trying to break in. So, I started listening to the radio to distract me. It worked. Now I have a lovely man I sleep with every week night ... Jim Bohanan at 11 p.m. Thank goodness Michael Savage is gone. He was poisonous!
"Fortunately, I sleep through Phil Henry (ugh) but at 3 a.m., the BBC is on and I am set for another good rest! It is amazing the nonsense that is on Fox News and 'Coast to Coast' is beyond belief ... unless you believe in UFOs. Most of the day I have my radio tuned to PBS. I guess it is just because I grew up with radio and still enjoy it. Last night I even found the Tiger game. What a treat!
"I enjoy your column. Thanks."
On the sound issues one reader was having that we addressed in last week's column, Larry from Marco Island writes, "I always enjoy your 'Stay Tuned' column and wanted to thank you for today's information about updating firmware. As you probably know, the address you printed brings you directly to Samsung. However, I went to the Sony site, typed in 'update firmware' in the search and it brought it right to where I needed to be, although for my TVs the update is minimal.
"With respect to the sound issue: I'm a Comcast customer and, as you undoubtedly know, they are in the process of upgrading to the XFINITY platform. However, in areas such as Marco, they've got a long way to go; consequently the sound problem referred to in your column today is best served by actually replacing the receiver.
"When I went to their office I found that they have newer generations of HD receivers, and for those who would like an IR accessory, they will give it to you for free. We're doing some remodeling, will be putting the box in a cabinet and was going to buy the Logitech adapter for $100, but since we don't care about controlling the other components remotely, the free IR was a nice $100 savings toward my outrageous monthly bill!"
Thanks Larry. Great information.
Updates — and questions
"Nashville": Loved the pilot. Found myself caring way too much about Connie Britton's Rayna James, way too soon. As a Tennessee native, I also like the picture they paint of the city. Much more believable than the "CSI" version of South Florida.
"Partners": From the creators of "Will & Grace." I've watched my last episode. Is it just me, or do they hit you over the head with their one-liners; which weren't particularly funny in the first place. What a shame. Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty") is a real talent whose talent is wasted on this drivel.
"Chicago Fire": Do your firemen look like this? Put the matches down.
"666: Park Avenue": Does Vanessa Williams know her husband is evil? It'd be a shame if she wasn't evil too. Maybe not. But she has some wicked comebacks.
"2012 Election Debates": I can't decide which are funnier — the actual debates or the "Saturday Night Live" parodies.
"General Hospital" baddie Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Diego Alcazar) has joined "The Young and the Restless," TV Guide Magazine reports.
Making his debut in December, the actor will play an undercover cop from New York who comes to Genoa City with a major secret. (Don't they always?)
Serricchio, who can currently be seen in the popular web soap "The Bay," has worked steadily since his 2008 GH departure, including arcs on "The Finder," "Privileged" and "Ghost Whisperer."
Until next time, stay tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.