YORK PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIALLY ACQUIRES
SPORTS RADIO 1350 WOYK
Hershey Bears hockey, talk shows, features, new logo, and new digital and social media presence added
York Professional Baseball Club LLC, owner and operator of the York Revolution, has annoucned that it has officially completed the purchase of WOYK AM 1350 from WOYK, Inc., the radio station’s previous licensee. Effective immediately, York Professional Baseball owns and operates WOYK.
It marks the completion of a transfer process that began on January 14 when it was announced that the two parties had reached a purchase agreement.
Along with the announcement comes the unveiling of several new features, both on-air and in other mediums, to WOYK’s lineup.
Beginning this spring, WOYK will become the newest affiliate of the Hershey Bears Radio Network, a partnership that will enter its first full season in the fall. As a bonus, WOYK will begin airing Bears games the remainder of this season with eight regular season games to be carried, with the first set for Wednesday, April 2 at Portland.
“We are extremely excited about expanding the largest radio coverage in the American Hockey League even farther, into York County and beyond,” said Bears President/GM Doug Yingst. “This is a geographical area from which a large number of passionate fans of both the Hershey Bears and the Washington Capitals live, and the addition of WOYK can only serve to strengthen the bridge between the affiliates.”
Also in the fall, WOYK will debut a new weekly talk show devoted to York College athletics. The program will include updates, interviews, and features on the entire Spartan athletic program. WOYK and York College have had a long partnership, recently concluding a tenth season of Spartan basketball broadcasts on SportsRadio 1350.
"We are extremely excited to continue and grow our relationship with WOYK,” said York College Director of Athletic Communications Scott Guise. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration to bring the York community more Spartan athletics programing. We have been fortunate to have one of the best basketball radio packages in Division III and we believe this relationship will continue to grow with the exciting vision of the new management of WOYK. We feel that the partnership between York College, York Professional Baseball Club, LLC, and WOYK 1350 is a great thing for sports fans in York County. Being deeply involved in the York community is something that is very important to York College and this partnership demonstrates that commitment. We are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship as we move forward."
The additions further enhance WOYK’s strong tradition of dedication to broadcasting local sports.
“Our new partnership with the Bears, and our enhanced partnership with York College is just a down payment on making WOYK one of the premiere locally-focused sports radio stations in the country,” stated York Revolution President Eric Menzer.
Next winter, a weekly York Revolution Hot Stove talk show will debut during baseball’s off-season, detailing all of the signings and news on the Revolution and the entire Atlantic League leading up to the start of baseball season.
Additional local programs will be announced at a later date, and in coming weeks, listeners will also begin to hear news features throughout the day updating the latest on all of WOYK’s local sports.
WOYK’s presence now extends beyond the airwaves with the launch of the station’s first website, woyk1350.com, which features a live internet stream, and coming soon, mobile apps for iPhone and Android users. The station also now has a social media presence for the first time, with the launch of its new Facebook page, Facebook.com/WOYK1350, and Twitter feed, @WOYK1350. Visible is the station’s new logo shown below, depicting the skyline of downtown York, and including the station’s tag line, “First in York, First in Sports” which pays homage to its history as York’s first radio station, and its place in the community as the only station broadcasting local sports.
#YorkRevs TO ACCEPT BITCOIN DURING 2014 SEASON
Revolution tickets may be purchased using the online currency
The York Revolution are aiming to be the first professional baseball team to accept Bitcoin, online digital currency, as a means of buying game tickets for the 2014 season.
The organization has partnered with Crypto Coin Consulting, an online currency consulting group, to launch the program. The company is a startup launched in 2013 in York to provide businesses an outlet to accept digital currency.
Fans and Bitcoin enthusiasts may make a Bitcoin transaction for 2014 individual game tickets only starting Monday, March 24 by scanning the Revolution QR code with their mobile device. This can only be done in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket office at Santander Stadium.
(What is Bitcoin? Fans scan a QR code, and the Revolution receives the “Bitcoin.” Then, the Bitcoin is sold on an exchange for USD, with the money deposited into the team’s account.)
“It’s as easy as text messaging money” said Joe Blanschan, President and co-founder of Crypto Coin Consulting. “By teaching companies how to utilize these technologies we can save them a great deal of money each year by eliminating transaction fees.”
For Revolution fans, utilizing Bitcoin to purchase tickets is a way to avoid typical online transaction fees when purchasing tickets.
“It really is a revolution in the way transactions will take place, and it only makes sense that the York Revolution is our first major client” says Charles Richards CEO and co-founder of Crypto Coin Consulting.
The goal of Crypto Coin Consulting is to educate business owners and to show them how they can integrate these new forms of payment methods into their preexisting operating systems. With the Revolution always looking to make ticket buying more convenient for their fans, this led to a natural partnership between the two companies.
“This is a good fit for us,” said team President & General Manger Eric Menzer. “We like being first at things, and we like supporting local businesses that are trying to grow in Central Pennsylvania. This partnership allows us to do both.”
The 2014 Atlantic League season begins on April 24 when the Revolution hosts the Camden Riversharks at Santander Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
FIRESTOCK: THE BIGGEST PYRO SHOW YOU’VE EVER SEEN
Exclusive event to take place at Santander Stadium on Saturday, May 31, 2014
Yes, it’s fireworks. Yes, it’s taking place at Santander Stadium. And NO, FIRESTOCK is NOT your typical fireworks event. In fact, it’s not your typical anything.
This fireworks and pyro event is exclusive to Santander Stadium, and will be a one of a kind event for all of Central Pennsylvania taking place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. In addition to the final in-stadium fireworks display after nightfall, the event will include a daylight color smoke bomb display (6 p.m.), a sunset fireworks show (7:45 p.m.), live music throughout and sideshow fire stunts including fire jump roping, fire breathing, fire eating and a guy balancing a lit hibachi grill on his face. Yes, on his face.
The FIRESTOCK finale at 9 p.m. will be a roughly 15 minute display, set up on the field at Santander Stadium for maximum effect and will be the largest fireworks show in stadium history. According to FIRESTOCK organizers, led by the Pyrotecnico company, it will be roughly 6.3 times the size of a typical post-game York Revolution fireworks show.
In addition to awe-inspiring, the event is also family friendly. The rest of the evening’s lineup includes: Helicopter rides for a bird’s eye view of the action, temporary tattoo artists (and some permanent tattooing for some older patrons), an open carnival-style “arcade” in the stadium featuring SkeeBall, hammer swing, a basketball game, racing video games and Dance, Dance Revolution. The DownTown Playground will be open for FIRESTOCK as well, which includes the carousel, giant inflatable slide and the obstacle course.
“Pyrotechnic events get us all excited." said Adam Nugent, York Revolution Special Events Coordinator. "From local celebrations to Super Bowl halftime shows, our hearts pump faster when the sparks fly and the ground shakes beneath us. So we asked ourselves ‘how can we capture that feeling for an entire night?’" continued Nugent. "The answer is FIRESTOCK - an event where we do everything short of blowing the gates off of Santander Stadium…three never-before-seen fireworks displays, pyro performers, live music, welding art, games, rides, food, family, friends and fire shows.”
Children six and under will be admitted FREE. Students 18 and under are just $12 (student ID may be required to verify.) All other tickets are $20. A $55 discount family pack is also available, which includes two adult tickets and up to four 18 and under tickets. Full concessions will be available, including beer.
To purchase tickets, and for all of the details and a regularly updated rundown of event entertainment, please visit www.FirestockPA.com. There you’ll find the full timeline of events, including the band lineup and Sideshow Thrills fire stunts. (There really is going to be a guy balancing a lit hibachi on his face.)