By Jason Goorman
Local Sports Journal
Muskegon Big Reds will be on the air this 2014 football season, after all, with 103.7 FM The Beat carrying radio broadcasts of the games.
The locally-owned radio station announced the new deal on Tuesday and named longtime Big Red radio announcer Bob Eacker as play-by-play man and former Ravenna football coach Dusty Fairfield as color commentator.
After Muskegon’s radio deal fell through for 2014, area fans took notice. One was The Beat’s Vice President Greg Roberts.
“I turned on the radio station and I didn’t hear the game on Friday,” said Roberts. “And I didn’t hear Bob Eacker. I texted Bob and asked ‘Where are you?’ and he started to tell me what a row he was in. So I called him and found out they couldn’t get a sponsor.
“After a conversation with Paul Billings, our president, he told me I was the vice president, so make it happen.”
Roberts talked to Eacker once again and told him the station could make it work. Eacker quickly rounded up Fairfield to be his sidekick for calling the games.
“We’re very excited that our station was able to pick them (Big Reds) up,” said Roberts. “It’s very important to us that despite all of the bad publicity Muskegon gets, there are a lot of good things that happen here every day. Us airing these games is a great way for our community to take a vital role in our kid’s lives. It’s important for kids to hear the radio station supports them.”
Muskegon has it’s second home game of the season this Friday when it hosts Grand Rapids Christian for what should be a very competitive game.
Area fans can now tune in to 103.7 FM The Beat every weekend to hear Big Red football action. The station also airs online and can be found at: http://tunein.com/radio/WUVS-LP-1037-s114233/