Some Green Bay Packer Fans Prefer Old-School Radio To Wi-Fi At Stadium
October 27, 2014 at 5:05 AM (PT)
In an age where smartphones and in-stadium Wi-Fi are at their peak, the GREEN BAY PACKERS are supplying their fans with old-fashioned radios, according to a report in today's NEW YORK TIMES. The half-dollar size radio receivers mount on one’s ear and can be used only on game days and only within or near LAMBEAU FIELD, the team's home stadium.
The receivers pick up only three channels: JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS News/Talk/Sports WTMJ (620)/MILWAUKEE , the team’s official radio station, based in MILWAUKEE; the audio from the television network broadcasting the game; and the audio from NFL REDZONE, a cable channel that shows highlights from around the league.
The radio receivers are given to season-ticket holders with premium seats and are sold in the team pro shop at the stadium for $19.95. Fans were the first to learn from listening to WTMJ at the game last year that PACKERS QB AARON RODGERS had broken his collarbone during a game against the BEARS last season.
THE PACKERS now give receivers to 16,000 season-ticket holders, more than twice the number of last season, spending about $10,000 to install antennas and transmitters in the stadium and bought the receivers for $7.50 each from LIVE SPORTS RADIO, which received a license from the FCC.
PACKERS Manager/Premium Seating Sales and Service JASON McDONOUGH, said the radios were “a low-tech solution to enhancing the guest experience.”