Monday, September 13, 2021

Orangeburg SC Radio: State U Launching ESPN on WPJK

South Carolina State University has joined with ESPN Radio to launch ESPN Orangeburg on WPJK 1580 AM /  W225DB 92.9 FM.

The station will carry the national ESPN Radio lineup, as well as live coverage of sporting events, including those from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and college football playoffs. The station also will feature coverage of local college and high school sports.

The ESPN Orangeburg radio lineup consist of the following shows: Keyshawn, JWill and Max; Greeny; Bart & Hahn; Chiney & Golic Jr.; Spain and Fitz; and Freddie & Fitzsimmons. The radio station will also feature two non-ESPN programs Sports Talk SC, hosted by Phil Kornblut and Box to Row, hosted by Donal Ware.

“We are extremely excited to bring the iconic ESPN brand to sports fans in the Orangeburg and surrounding communities,” said Carl A’see, general manager for ESPN Orangeburg. “This partnership shows the university’s commitment to serving the Orangeburg and surrounding communities and strengthens SC State University’s community engagement and outreach through sports via radio.”

The idea to partner WPJK with ESPN arrived when A’see saw a niche in the station’s current listening market that had not yet been explored. He realized there was no ESPN radio affiliate in the Orangeburg market and found the perfect opportunity for the university, its students and the Orangeburg community.

Although the partnership with ESPN is a new one for SC State University and the Orangeburg community, the university’s flagship station, WSSB 90.3 FM previously carried SC State University football and basketball, as well as coverage of local high school football, before the station switched to a jazz format. WSSB 90.3 FM is the only jazz station in South Carolina.

WPJK 1580 AM / 92.9 FM is a part of SC State’s new media group, Statement Media. The addition of the new station increases the university’s radio broadcast footprint in the community.

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