Live Broadcast from Tractor Expo Today

Join 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA  today April 15, 2017 from 10 AM to 12 noon.  Frank Sparks will be Broadcasting “The Lead Lap”   and Eric McKenna will be broadcasting “Your Personal Realitor”  from the The Bi-Annual Tractor and Farm Equipment Expo at the Big Knob Grange.  Frank and Eric will be conducting interviews through out the morning.

The Expo is from 10 AM to 2 PM today.  There will be a wide variety of Tractors on display and free refreshments.  Stop out and spin the Beaver County Radio Personality Prize and maybe you can be a winner.

Terry Mann and Michael Dengel on Teleforum on April 11, 2017

Terry Mann and Michael Dengel on Teleforum on April 11, 2017. Terry is the Director of Luthern Senior Services and Micahel is the Meals on Wheels Manager in Beaver County  for Luthern Senior Services. They discussed the Meals on Wheels program with host Frank Sparks and A.M. Beaver County host Matt Drzik joined in and was trying some of the meals that Michael had brought in for sampling.  Matt told the listeners how tasty the Beef Stew meal is. Check out the pictures of the tasty meals. For volunteering or to participate in the Meals on Wheels program give them a call at 724-774-0292.

Wayne Harley talked Rural Road Safety on Teleforum

Wayne Harley from the Beaver Lawrence Farm Bureau joined Frank Sparks on Teleforum to talk about Rural Road Safety on Tuesday April 11, 2017. The discussion was about driving safely on rural roads and sharing the roads with farmers who must travel on those roads to go from crop to crop. Wayne and Frank Also talked about the upcoming tractor expo at the Big Knob Grange this Saturday April 15, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm. Wayne displays a sign that is being used in yards of rural neighborhoods to warn drivers of Farm vehicles.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!! Pens -Blue Jackets Series starts Wednesday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets will begin their first round NHL playoff series Wednesday evening at PPG Paints Arena at 7:30 PM.  Game two is scheduled at PPG Paints arena for Friday night also at 7:30.

Here is the complete series schedule:

  • Game 1  Wednesday, April 12 7:30 p.m. PPG Paints Arena
  • Game 2  Friday, April 14 7:00 p.m. PPG Paints Arena
  • Game 3  Sunday, April 16 6:00 p.m. Nationwide Arena
  • Game 4  Tuesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Arena
  • Game 5 (if necessary)  Thursday, April 20  PPG Paints Arena
  • Game 6 (if necessary)  Sunday, April 23  Nationwide Arena
  • Game 7 (if necessary)  Tuesday, April 25  PPG Paints Arena

Buc’s Raise the Jolly Roger in Home Opener

The Pittsburgh Pirates held off an attempted late comeback by the Atlanta Braves to secure a 5-4 victory to win their first game of the season in the Pirates home opener at PNC Park on Friday, April 7, 2017. Click on the play button below for a recap of the action from Pirates Broadcaster Greg Brown.

File photo courtesy of Frank Sparks

Ask the Commissioners on Teleforum Thursday April 6, 2017

County Commissioner Chairwoman Sandie Egley  and Commissioner Tony Amadio made their monthly appearance on the Ask the Commissioners today on Teleforum with Frank Sparks.  The discussion was about the hiring of a new part-time Chief Solicitor  and a full-time assistant Solicitor. Also the callers asked questions of the Commissioners. One of the main questions was about the five dollar fee that the county will receive from the new vehicle registration law. The collection of the fee was started with anyone whose registration expires in the month of April 2017.  The Ask the Commissioners segment is the first Thursday of every month during Teleforum with Frank Sparks.

2017 Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival Day 2

The weather was great for day 2 of the 40th Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival. People came out by the hundreds to fill their bellies with some great pancakes. 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA did a live broadcast live from Brady’s Run Park.  The line was long for the Personality Prize wheel and kept Frank Sparks and Matt Drzik busy throughout the day.

2017 Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival Saturday April 1, 2017

Beaver  County Radio 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA broadcasted live all day Saturday  April 1,2017 at the 2017 Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival. The cold weather was not a deterrent as thousand of people attended the Maple Syrup Festival and filled their bellies with all you can eat pancakes topped with syrup from the maple trees of Brady’s Run Park. The pancakes might be the main attraction but there were many activities , vendors, demonstrations and a variety of live entertainment for everyone.

Now in it’s 40th year the Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival grows bigger and better every year and is held annually the first weekend in April.


Tom Stein Fills In On “Teleforum”

Guest host Tom Stein takes the reins for Teleforum in absence of Frank Sparks this Friday. Tom’s subjects extend from national issues such as the North Carolina bathroom bill to the pastoral segments of life such as driving in the South. And as is the case on Teleforum, he welcomes open talk and discussion on the two most famous numbers in all of Beaver County!

It only takes a Spark . . . New Program Director and permanent host of “Teleforum” appointed at Beaver County Radio.

(Beaver County, PA) It was fun, it was interesting and at times it was a little unique, but the open try outs for a new talk show host that commenced in mid February on Beaver County Radio have come to a conclusion.  Frank Sparks has been promoted and will be the permanent host of “Teleforum”, the  local weekday talk show that airs on WBVP and WMBA from 9 A.M. to noon.    Sparks will also serve as the stations’ Program Director as part of his new position.  In a rather unconventional approach to recruiting new talent, WBVP and WMBA  promoted the fact that anyone who wanted to, could apply for the the job, which opened up a little over a month ago when previous host, Mike Romigh, left to accept a position with the Beaver County Humane Society.  Dozens of people responded to the invitation and expressed interest, and six different people hosted “Teleforum” during the audition period.

Frank Sparks will continue to host the “Saturday Morning Sports Slam” (Saturdays 8 to 10 A.M. ), and “The Lead Lap” (Saturdays 10 to 10:30 A.M.) as well as produce other talk shows and programming segments.    Frank’s announcing career started at Oak Hill Field in New Brighton where he served as the public address announcer for football games.  He started working at WBVP and WMBA as a part time announcer and producer in 2013.  As a lifelong resident of Beaver County, and a graduate of New Brighton Area High School, Frank will be a natural fit for the tradition of focusing on local issues and news that have become  standard for WBVP and WMBA.

Interested organizations and news makers wishing to publicize their events or arrange interviews may contact Frank Sparks  during normal business hours at 724-846-4100 or email