Pittsburg State, My Town Media partner to create Gorilla Sports Network

  Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:00 AM
  Milestones, News, Science and Technology

Pittsburg, KS

Pittsburg State, My Town Media partner to create Gorilla Sports Network

Pittsburg State University athletics will have a new radio home beginning July 1, 2017. The university today announced the signing of a three-year agreement with Pittsburg-based My Town Media, Inc. (MTM). MTM owns or operates 16 radio broadcast stations throughout Kansas and Missouri including ESPN 100.7 in Pittsburg.

“We’re excited to partner with My Town Media,” said Jim Johnson, director of intercollegiate athletics. “After reviewing all proposals, it became clear that MTM provides us with the perfect mix of traditional and online channels. I’m confident they will deliver great coverage of Gorilla athletics to fans throughout the world.”

The new agreement will allow the university to create the Gorilla Sports Network. This multi-station network will provide radio coverage to fans throughout the four-state region and beyond. Initial stations on the network include KSHQ in Pittsburg, KBIK in Independence, and KLKC in Parsons. Negotiations are currently underway to add stations in the Joplin, Springfield and Kansas City markets.

In addition, the agreement will provide Gorilla fans with expanded online offerings. This includes live audio streaming of all game broadcasts, live video-streaming of all coaches’ shows, on-demand audio and video, and dedicated apps for both Apple and Android products.

“We’re honored Pittsburg State University has chosen My Town Media as its broadcasting partner,” said Bill Wachter, co-owner of My Town Media. “Gorilla fans expect excellence and that’s exactly what they’ll get from our broadcasting team. We’re looking forward to delivering more games, on more stations and with more online options than ever before.”

The new agreement marks the first time in more than 20 years the Gorillas will not be hosted by American Media Investments. A fact not lost on Johnson.

“AMI has been a tremendous partner for more than two decades,” said Johnson. “We thank them for their commitment to Pittsburg State University and to our athletic department. We have a great deal of respect for their ownership and sports team.”

Gorilla fans may be changing their radio dial on July 1 but they will hear a familiar voice calling the plays. Eddie Lomshek, who has served as the “Voice of the Gorillas” for the past 13 years will continue this role.

“Eddie’s knowledge of and passion for Gorilla sports is legendary,” said Johnson. “He is a tremendous broadcaster and we’re thrilled to have him as the “Voice of the Gorillas.” We believe Gorilla fans are going to like what they hear this fall.

My Town Media will broadcast and stream all Pittsburg State University football and basketball games along with select baseball and softball games. In addition, fans will be able to listen and watch the Tim Beck, Lane Lord and Kim Anderson coaches’ shows on-air and online. The group will also produce a 30-minute, weekly show featuring interviews and coverage of volleyball, track and field and additional Pittsburg State athletic activities.

Gorilla fans will be able to get a preview of My Town Media’s coverage on Saturday, when ESPN 100.7 will broadcast the Pitt State Spring Football Game. Coverage will begin at 10:45 a.m. Video of the game will be available online at ESPN100.7.com.

The Gorillas’ MIAA Postseason Softball Tournament action, which begins Thursday in Oklahoma City, will also air on ESPN 100.7. Full details will be available at pittstategorillas.com.