Longtime Adrian College sports radio broadcaster WLEN-FM (Adrian) is teaming up with two other media outlets this season to air Adrian College football, with the introduction of the Adrian College Sports Network.
Along with WLEN, the college will livestream games via Adrian College TV on YouTube and on the college’s radio station, WVAC, 107.9 FM, according to a news release.
WLEN has carried Adrian College football for nearly two decades consecutively. The station remains the sole commercial radio partner of Adrian College’s sports broadcasting.
“We’re very excited to have our broadcasts reaching such a large audience,” AC Athletic Director Michael Duffy said. “I think that people forget we have an NCAA football team right here in Lenawee County, and this will help us reach kids who may not have otherwise thought about Bulldog football.”
Additionally, Adrian College announced plans to return its broadcast crew of half-of-a-decade. Gabriel Schray and Ian Wendt have been tabbed to continue broadcasting Adrian College football on the new platform.
Schray has been the voice of Adrian College football since 2014, when he assumed play-by-play duties on what was then the brand new ACTV. Schray then transitioned to the commercial feed, replacing Steve Barkway as the radio voice of the program. Schray also calls games on BCSN in Toledo and JTV in Jackson.
Wendt, back for his fifth consecutive year, will serve as color commentator and analyst for the broadcasts. Wendt is a 2016 graduate of Adrian College and is news director at WLEN. Schray and Wendt have called the last 50 AC games together, and will continue that streak this season.
The pre-game, post-game and halftime shows from Docking Stadium will involve current Adrian College students. “I’m really excited to be bringing students into some of these real situations,” Schray said. “To get some of these big jobs, you have to be able to just get on air in sideline and host positions. A lot of these smaller networks and smaller markets still see fierce competition. These students will have the tools they need upon graduation to secure a starting position.”
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