American Forces Network To Drop Radio Sports Play-By-Play
July 5, 2006 at 3:25 PM (PT)
The AMERICAN FORCES NETWORK will eliminate all sports play-by-play this Fall, according to a release from the DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. The move is being taken because "AFN audiences prefer to watch the greater variety of sports on television rather than listen to them on the radio," said AFN Dir. of Broadcasting BOB MATHESON in a statement released WEDNESDAY. "When radio sports coverage comes on, most listeners tune out. Our mission is better served when the largest possible audience tunes in to non-sports programming and spends more time listening." MATHESON also noted that games air overseas at times audiences may not be awake to listen.
When radio sports coverage comes on, most listeners tune out.
AFN offers multiple sports channels on its television service; the last radio play-by-play event will be SEPTEMBER 9's NASCAR NEXTEL CUP race from RICHMOND.