Findlay’s campus radio station takes on regional athletic broadcast coverage

Beginning this fall, The University of Findlay’s on-campus radio station will be the voice of the Oilers – the exclusive broadcast source for UF athletics.

Though University media have covered UF sports in full since 2006, 88.3 WLFC is now solely responsible for the task. Since its expansion in fall of 2010, the station has the capacity to broadcast to 14 counties, touching areas of an additional four counties.

“We’re moving our coverage to WLFC with professional announcers and students working with them,” said Chris Underation, WLFC faculty adviser. “Our broadcasts since our expansion for the last two seasons have been more complicated and more complete than commercial stations.”

While broadcasts include basic live coverage, the station also provides other ways for listeners and Oiler supporters to connect.

“We have the whole multi-media deal, with professional coverage, our general manager on the sidelines at home games … online updates via Facebook and Twitter, highlight clips during the games and coach interviews at the half and after the game, as well,” he added.

For now, broadcasts are limited to Oiler football and men’s and women’s basketball. Underation says the coverage may include other athletics in the future, though.

“What we want to do is get this year under our belts,” said Underation. “Maybe we’ll expand in different directions … we may add some other sports.”

The impact of the endeavor is significant for the University and for Oiler fans throughout the region.

“For students, they’re now working in a professional environment that’s regional,” said Underation. “People who listen to UF sports can only come now to WLFC, which will draw people in to hear the work students do … it increases the pressure a little, which isn’t a bad thing. It’s another step the University is taking to converge its media so that we tie our sports to campus and open up opportunities for students and staff who want to be a part of this.”

The first coach’s show is set to air at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, with the first broadcast following soon after on Sept. 3 for the Oiler football game versus Northwood in Midland, Mich. The first home broadcast will be Sept. 10 when UF plays Northern Michigan at home.

ABOUT WLFC-FM: UF’s WLFC 88.3 is northwest Ohio’s only radio station specializing in independent label rock. Music and broadcasts can be streamed online at


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