‘Friday Night Locker Room’ Joins Space Coast Daily Lineup
By Space Coast Daily // April 24, 2012
MULTIMEDIA SPORTS COVERAGE
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Calling all fans of high school sports in Brevard County: starting this fall the popular Friday Night Locker Room radio broadcasts will be a part of SpaceCoastDaily.com.
An official announcement was made this morning by John Harper, owner of WMEL AM-1300 and Tom Palermo, SpaceCoastDaily.com publisher, to stream Friday Night Locker Room broadcasts of sports events on SpaceCoastDaily.com.
“We are delighted to be able to bring this broadcasting team to our site,” Palermo said.
“For many years, the Friday Night Locker Room crew has covered sporting events in Brevard County like no one else and has the expertise, talent and insight that has become a key component for sports fans on the Space Coast.”
The Friday Night Locker Room show was created in the late 1990s by the late Keith Lippert to bring high school and other local sports to listeners here in Brevard County and beyond.
The broadcasts air locally on WMEL AM 1300 and WPIO 89.3/90.3 FM.
Over the years, the broadcasts have expanded to two teams.
One team is made up of play-by-play announcer Orville Susong and color analyst Steve Wilson.
The second team consists of play-by-play man Jerry Durney and color analyst Mark May.
Veteran broadcaster Rick May serves as an anchor, sideline reporter and fills in in the absence of any of the team members.
Mike Erdman Cadillac Nissan Sponsors Friday Night Locker Room
“And none of what we do would be possible without the contributions of Vince Young, our board operator and technical producer back in the studio,” Rick May said.
He also praised Harper for his commitment to airing the broadcasts and Mike Erdman Cadillac Nissan for sponsoring Friday Night Locker Room.
“I can’t begin to tell how proud we all are of the work we do,” Rick May said.
“Our audience includes people who are disabled, homebound or unable to make it to the games for one reason or another. We’ve been all over Florida covering games and so many are appreciative for being able to hear these games home and away.”
Now in their third decade of providing local sports coverage, the team has aired hundreds of high school football games, high school basketball, Little League All-Star matchups, Brevard County Manatees baseball, Orlando Magic basketball, high school baseball and high school softball and many games involving Brevard–area teams playing in state championship contests.
The team has broadcast games from as far north as Tallahassee and as far south as Miami.
“Without a doubt, the hardest thing we do is covering all the different sports,” Rick May said.
“There are not enough hours in the day to do everything we’d like to do and we all have other jobs and do this entirely for the fans. We make just enough money to get to the games and that’s really all we care about — doing this just for the fans.”
Both Steve Wilson and Rick May said they are thrilled to be teaming up with spacecoastdaily.com to reach an even greater audience.
“We are very excited about doing this and all of the possibilities going forward,” Wilson said.
“We look forward to this partnership and everything it holds for local sports enthusiasts.”
Exhaustive, Definitive Local Sports Coverage By Area’s Top Experts
Palermo said the addition of Friday Night Locker Room broadcasts means sports fans of all ages will find the top available sports coverage in Brevard County at spacecoastdaily.com.
Besides streaming broadcasts of Friday Night Locker Room, SpaceCoastDaily.com hosts a lineup that includes Space Coast Golf magazine founder and editor Bobby Walker, award-winning sports columnist Peter Kerasotis and managing editor Ed Pierce, who has covered youth and prep sports in Brevard since 1995.
“This is a formidable team and the future is bright for local sports fans at SpaceCoastDaily.com,” Palermo said.