By Kacie Jessee
Two die-hard sports fans who are members of the campus community began hosting “Sports Fanatics” — their own local sports radio show — two weeks ago.
Chris Davis, associate director of the Slemp Student Center, and Darrell-Dingus Ely, a UVa-Wise student who serves as assistant sports information director, began their hosting duties at local radio station WNVA 106.3 on Feb. 13.
The show features discussions on local high school sports, UVa-Wise athletics and even national sports news. It airs each Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
“We want it to be more of a call-in type show,” Davis said. “The number of call-ins have grown each week and we know we don’t have the most prime time, but WNVA may be moving all of their sports to the AM [dial] because that’s where most sports shows are and if that happens we’re willing to do [the show] from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning.”
He said it is a great way to promote UVa-Wise athletics.
“We started doing the games to help the promotion of UVa-Wise athletics and to reach out to alumni and parents of players who live out of the area,” Ely said.
“Sports Fanatics” will feature discussion ranging from local high school sports to UVa-Wise athletics and even sports news from the national scene.
The show will also feature interviews with players and coaches, Davis and Ely will give away a Player of the Week award each week and there will be trivia questions that listeners will be able to answer for a free pizza from Papa John’s.
Before hosting their own show, Davis and Ely worked with local radio station WNVA 106.3 to broadcast all of the college’s men’s and women’s home basketball games, as well as select road games.
The broadcasts are also available online for fans who do not live within the broadcasting area.
When WNVA approached Davis and Ely about starting their own show, the two agreed to start working with the station on a more regular basis.
Initially the show was only supposed to be a one-hour show about UVa-Wise athletics, but after WNVA’s regular sports personalities left, Davis and Ely were offered the position and they agreed.
From this agreement, “Sports Fanatics” was born.
“Sports Fanatics” will air every Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on local station 106.3.
Sports fans can also hear the broadcast at www.wnva.net and are encouraged to call-in with questions or comments at (276) 328-2244 or (276) 328-2245.