Local Football Coverage from Friday to Monday on WSOY & WDZ

Local Football Coverage from Friday to Monday on WSOY & WDZ

SEPTEMBER 20  –  It’ll be a jam-packed weekend, and Monday, of football on both NowDecatur.com stations.

Friday night kicks it all off as the Earthmover Credit Union Game of the Week features the unbeaten St. Teresa Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 in CIC) hosting the Tuscola Warriors (2-1, 0-1). Aric Lee and ‘T-Mac’ Tony McClain have the coverage at 6:45 p.m., with kickoff at 7. The broadcast will be simulcast on both ESPNDecatur 1050 AM, WSOY 1340 AM/103.3 FM, and NowDecatur.com.

The Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy Extended Pregame Show begins just after 6, with Dominique Bates-Smith, Morgan Vogels, Scott Chapman, Cassie Meyer, and Meghan Whitlock setting the stage for the evening. Included in the breakdown will be the unbeaten Sangamo Conference clash of Maroa-Forsyth at Williamsville. Chapman will hit the road to cover the Trojans with live sideline updates to the broadcast in the, ‘On the Road with Scott, courtesy of McLeod Express’ feature.

The Millikin Big Blue (1-0) begin their conference season on Saturday afternoon, with a road trip to Chicago, to battle the North Park Vikings (0-1). Lee & McClain will again have the call, but only on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM  and NowDecatur.com.

Saturday’s Cubs vs. Cardinals baseball game will only be available on WSOY 1340 AM/103.3 FM. Both stations will carry Sunday’s series finale.

Saturday night, the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1) begin their Big Ten Conference slate in Champaign, against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska (2-1). Pregame begins on both WSOY stations at 6 p.m., with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Finally, the Chicago Bears (1-1) travel to the nation’s capital on Monday Night to battle the Washington Redskins (0-2). Pregame begins on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM at 6:45 p.m., kickoff at 7:20.

The Aric Lee Show w/ Nick Smith Launches Teacher of the Month Contest

The Aric Lee Show w/ Nick Smith Launches Teacher of the Month Contest

SEPTEMBER 10  –  Many of us are nothing without the teachers who helped us realize what we wanted to become. Or what our potential could be. Or even fought us to stay focused through the juvenile years.

That respect is what pushed NowDecatur’s Aric Lee and Nick Smith, to create the Corley Family Dental Teacher of the Month contest.

“Teachers are incredibly underpaid, sometimes undervalued, but for most of us, they are never forgotten,” Lee said. “Nick and I just wanted to do something to salute teachers through the 2019-2020 school year, and maybe beyond. And thanks to Corley Family Dental, a lot of hustle from our sales team, and many of our local sponsors, it is happening, and hopefully a bunch of our local teachers will feel the honor we are aiming for.”

The monthly cycle will roughly be:

  • Middle two weeks of the month are the nomination period on NowDecatur.com
  • Final week of the month is the voting period on NowDecatur.com
  • Follow NowDecatur.com and the NowDecatur Facebook page the first week of the month for video of Aric & Nick crashing the classroom to present the winner a gift pack

Each month, nominate as many teachers, administrators, etc., from any school of any grade in the Macon County area, also including non-county school districts in the NowDecatur sports coverage area: Central A&M, Clinton, and Cerro Gordo-Bement. Millikin University and Richland Community College are also eligible for nominations.

Aric and Nick will choose five finalists each week, and honor them over that final week of the month, although no nominations will be discarded, and a finalist could be chosen in a different month, from which they were nominated.

The winning teacher will receive a gift pack valued over $400 including:

  • Flowers from Secret Garden
  • Gift Certificates from Sloan’s Calzones & The Avon Theatre
  • Gift packs from Daphne & Kris at The New Look Salon, Texas Roadhouse, & Marquis Coffee & Door 4 Brewing Company
  • Gifts from Janvrin Plumbing & the Shane Major Richland Insurance Office

Nominations are currently open until Sunday, September 22nd … Voting for the October Teacher of the Month will run from September 23rd to 30th.

Teacher of the Month

Bulldogs at Hawks, Generals Host U-High, Illini, Bears Fill a Full Football Weekend

Bulldogs at Hawks, Generals Host U-High, Illini, Bears Fill a Full Football Weekend

SEPTEMBER 13  –  The Bulldogs, Hawks, and Illini each put their early-season perfect records on the line this weekend on WSOY 1340 AM/103.3 FM and NowDecatur.com.

It starts tonight, when St. Teresa travels to Macon to open its Central Illinois Conference season against coach Micah Sheppard’s Meridian Hawks (2-0). Each team is off to 2-0 starts over the non-conference portion of the season, and the WSOY broadcast team of Scott Harrelson and Blake Allison have the call.

On ESPNDecatur 1050 AM, Aric Lee and ‘T-Mac’ Tony McClain will hit the west side of Decatur to deliver the MacArthur Generals (1-1) hosting the Pioneers of Normal U-High (0-2). Each station’s live broadcast will being at 6:45 p.m., prepping for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Dominique Bates-Smith, Morgan Vogels, Scott Chapman, and Cassie Meyer will handle the Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy Extended Pregame Show duties, beginning on both stations at 6 p.m. Chapman will then go, ‘On the Road, courtesy of McLeod Express’, to cover, and call-in live on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM, from Tuscola, as the 2-0 Warriors host the 2-0 Central A&M Raiders.

It’ll be an 11 a.m. kickoff for coach Lovie Smith’s Fighting Illini on Saturday morning, as the touchdown-favorite Illini host the Eastern Michigan Eagles in Champaign, with a 10 a.m. pregame time on WSOY and NowDecatur.com.

The Chicago Bears (0-1) return to action, 10 days after falling in the season opener to the Green Bay Packers, on Sunday afternoon on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM. Pregame is set for 2:45 p.m.