Big Ben to sit out Steelers game Friday

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told Teresa Valley, from and other reporters today that Friday’s opening pre-season game against Detroit will be a chance for a lot of younger players to show case their talents as many of the Steelers veteran starters will not be playing. Topping the list of players that will not play is quarterback  Ben Roethlisberger. Even though Coach Tomlin has not ruled any one out the likely hood of players such as   receiver Antonio Brown, running backs Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams, and center Maurkice Pouncey playing is  marginal. Tomlin did go on to say that it’s ‘reasonable’ receiver Markus Wheaton, cornerback Artie Burns, linebacker Travis Feeney and defensive tackle Roy Philon will not play because of lack of time on the field due to their injuries. “I’m going to put together a schedule of participation for those guys but that schedule probably won’t be in this first preseason game,” said Tomlin. “We’re going play it by ear and deal with their overall readiness toward the regular season on a week-to-week basis, but they won’t be participating this week.”
Tune into Beaver County Radio WBVP/WMBA Friday August 12, 2016 for Steelers pre-game at 5pm followed by the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers live from Heinz Field for Game one of the Steelers pre-season.

Beaver County Radio is your local home for Steelers football.


Jimmie Johnson reveals Darlington Throw Back Scheme

Hendrick Motorsports unveiled the No. 48 Chevrolet that Jimmie Johnson will drive Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday, flashing a throwback paint scheme that pays tribute to NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Dale Earnhardt.

Johnson’s car will maintain primary sponsorship by Lowe’s Home Improvement for theBojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 4, but with a retro-themed look for NASCAR’s annual throwback weekend. The blue-and-yellow paint scheme is reminiscent of the No. 2 entries that Rod Osterlund once fielded for Earnhardt and Pearson in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Go to to check out a picture of the 48 throwback scheme.

ESPN Host John Saunders Dies at age 61

Popular ESPN host John Saunders  has died unexpectedly today at the age of 61. Hanna Storm announced his passing live on ESPN this morning.  Saunders was popular for hosting and anchoring sports broadcasts on ESPN and ABC.  John worked for ESPN for 30 years.  Saunders passed away in New York  and no further details have been released surrounding his death.  Police have stated that there is no suspicion or foul play involved.  Saunders was a staple in the sports broadcasting and also hosted Monday Night Football on the popular sports network.

Saunders is survived by his wife, Wanda, and two daughters.

Stay tune to Beaver County for further updates on this developing story.

RG III named Cleveland Browns Starting Quarterback

Robert Griffin III is back to being a starting quarterback in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns made the announcement Monday morning.

Griffin had been battling Josh McCown for the starting job.  Griffin was rookie of the year and made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season after being selected second in the 2012 draft by the Washington Redskins.

Tune into the Saturday Sports Slam this Saturday from 8-10 AM. Frank  and Greg will discuss what this means for the Browns and what will happen with Josh McCowen.

Bryan Clauson former Nascar Driver Killed in racing accident

Bryan Clauson, a sprint-car specialist who made 26 career starts in the NASCARXFINITY Series, died Sunday. He was 27 years old.

Clauson crashed Saturday night during a U.S. Auto Club (USAC) midget car race at the Belleville High Banks, a half-mile dirt track in Belleville, Kansas. Amateur video showed his open-wheel sprint car flipping in Turn 4, where it was struck by another vehicle.

Clauson was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was pronounced dead late Sunday.

4 time Stanley Cup Champion Visits Chippewa

(Chippewa Township, PA)  Legendary  Pittsburgh Penguins  player and now broadcaster, Phil Bourque was part of the festivities as  WBVP-WMBA  did a  live broadcast at Chippewa Township’s  200th anniversary celebration on Saturday July 23, 2016.  The event was held at the newly dedicated and opened Chippewa Veterans Park and was am opportunity to showcase the new athletic facility s well as mark the township’s  bicentennial anniversary.  The massive athletic park has lots to offer and that fact wasn’t lost on Bourque who commented about how impressed he was with the new development.  Frank Sparks and Greg Benedetti, hosts of the “Saturday Morning Sports Slam” , anchored the live broadcast on WBVP and WMBA.

Next Beaver County Bucco Believer Ticket Giveaway Announced

(Beaver County, PA)  Beaver County Children and Youth Services and Beaver County Radio, 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA,  are partnering together to “Foster Fun In Your Community” this summer”.  Listen for your chance this week to answer Pirates trivia questions and get registered in a family four pack of bucco tickets giveaway for the upcoming Pirates-Brewers game at PNC Park on July 19, 2016.  the winner will be announced and notified during the Saturday Morning Sports Slam this Saturday between 8 A.M. and 10 A.M.  on WBVP and WMBA. Upcoming “Beaver County Bucco Believer” ticket Give-a-ways of family four packs of Pirates tickets  include:


July 27 vs. Seattle Mariners

August 9 vs. The San Diego Padres

August 22 vs. The Houston Astros