As the digital age has now become the norm in today’s society, the local Commonwealth Journal newspaper continues to evolve in the way it reports the news in the Pulaski County area.
Along with it’s award-winning newspaper daily print edition, the Commonwealth Journal has always been on the cutting edge of reporting the latest news with their use of the digital technology and social media.
Tonight, the Commonwealth Journal teams up with Lake Cumberland Sports to bring local sports fans live streaming audio broadcasts of Pulaski County High School and Southwestern High School football games – via their newspaper’s website at www.somerset-kentucky.com.
When the two local county high school football teams kick-off tonight, the live play-by-play broadcast can be heard on the CJ website from anywhere in the world, by some of the best high school commentators in the business.
On the Commonwealth Journal website, just click on the helmet of your favorite county school football team, and you will instantly be transformed right there on the sidelines of the gridiron. The cheer of the crowd, the crashing of the shoulder pads and expert football commentary can be heard in the comfort of your own living room.
And while you are listening to the exciting football action – brought to you by the voices of Paul Wright Mike Kerr, Josh McKinney and Gary Phelps – you can look around at the game’s print preview, action photos of past games and an exclusive video of your favorite county school team in action. And in the Commonwealth Journal’s Sunday Sports edition, you can read the full games stories of all three local teams, along with action photos, and complete game stats.
Also, scores and updates on all the local high school football action will be posted on Commonwealth Journal Facebook (www.facebook.com/SomersetCJ) and Commonwealth Journal Sports Twitter (@cjsportseditor).
What more could football fanatics ask for?
The Lake Cumberland Sports broadcast crew brings a combined total of nearly 100 years of commentating local high school football – and other sporting events – to the listeners in the Pulaski County area. Paul Wright (32 years experience), Mike Kerr (23 years) and Dwayne Clark (12 years) will provide listeners play-by-play action of the Pulaski County High School football games, while Gary Phelps (21 years), Josh McKinney (20 years) and Matt Cook (4 years) will call the action for the Southwestern High School football team.
Lake Cumberland Sports owner and operator Kevin Lloyd plays a low profile in the local radio-internet start-up by stating he is in awe of the broadcasting talent he has on his new team.
“I just happened to be in the room when two of the best programs in the state needed coverage and two of the best broadcast teams in the state needed someone to cover,” Lloyd admitted. “All they needed was a little technical know-how and some organization. That's where I came in.
“If you've ever heard either one of these crews broadcast a game you know how good they are,” Lloyd vaunted. “True professionals. But it goes beyond that. You can hear the passion in their voices for these programs and these kids. They are local guys that have local ties to our community. It just means more to them.”
Paul Wright and Mike Kerr, who have been with the Pulaski football program since Johnny Hines took over the Maroons football program nearly 20 years ago, both state that they announce football to help promote the local kids in the community.
“What we do on the air is all about the kids,” Wright stated. “Yeah, we both love football, but we are more interested in promoting the kids in our community.”
Likewise, the Southwestern football broadcast crew has been with Southwestern during the course of Larry French’s tenure as the Warrior gridiron coach.
“I've been lucky enough to become a part of the Southwestern football and athletics family because of those wonderful people, athletes, staff, and fans,” stated McKinney. “I’m honored and it’s a privilege for me to be a part of Warrior Nation.”
But the Commonwealth Journal and Lake Cumberland Sports will go beyond live coverage of football, as the two media entities will bring you live action of other prep sports throughout the school year.
“For Lake Cumberland Sports it goes beyond football,” Lloyd stated. “There's lots of other kids that work just as hard at their sport and we plan on shining a light on as many of them as we can.”
And the Commonwealth Journal will be there as well with complete sports coverage.