It has been predicted that within five years every new automobile
sold will be equipped with the internet.
The next wave of communications technology came to the Eastern Maumee Bay Region on July 1 when locally-owned Midwest Online Communications, LLC launched a 24/7 family-friendly online radio station that is called WRSCradio.com.
The founders of WRSCradio.com are Rick Waldron, Genoa; Oregon resident Mark Reeves, Oregon; and Alan Singlar, Northwood.
All have business and management backgrounds. Waldron, an experienced broadcaster and manager is a former Sports Editor for The Press. Reeves has several years experience as a mortgage banker. He has also been the “keeper of the stats” for Clay football for many years. Singlar, who also has history in the mortgage banking business, is the President of the Northwood Recreation Board.
A big feature of WRSCradio.com’s programming emphasis will be high school sports. Plans are in place to broadcast high school football games from up to six different schools simultaneously. After football, the station says boys’ and girls’ basketball will be given the same attention.
School commitments at press time were Clay, Genoa, Lake, Northwood, and Waite. The radio station maintains that the broadcast team for each school will be people familiar with each school, their sports history, and traditions. There will also be a weekly local coach’s show in a sports-oriented restaurant in each community.
“WRSCradio.com sports broadcasts will be archived, allowing for future replays at a time convenient to the listener. The quality of Internet radio sound is unsurpassed, limited only by the speakers the listener purchases,” said Waldron.
The Press Newspapers and WRSC are combining efforts to feature a scheduled Game of the Week during the 2009 football season.
There will be much more than sports, station owners contend.
The station motto and tagline is “Music you want, Information you need.” The signal is digital, which station officials say is the highest quality signal available today.
The new business is expecting to create five full-time jobs and as many as 10 part-time positions. The venture availed itself of the many consulting resources available in the community from the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, and The Source.
WRSCradio.com has a music library of over 9,000 songs from all genres.
The radio station plans to involve local high school students in the music selection process. A Music Advisory Panel (MAP) is being created, local schools will be invited to select “MAPers” from their school to produce and record a weekly program of music and talk about the events “in the school halls.”
Local, state, and national news will be carried hourly. Ohio News Network and IRN/USA National news will be the news sources. ONN will also provide a weekly pre-game show for Ohio high school football and college football. Local, current weather will be broadcast several times a day.
Nationally-syndicated programs will also be featured on a daily and weekly basis. Sundays will feature local church services, nationally-known ministry programs and a variety of Christian music.
“Beyond laptops and computers, any wireless phone with Internet capability is a listening tool. Internet hook-ups are available in many 2009 model-year cars. Beginning with model year 2010 it is expected all autos will have the option,” Waldron continued.