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Masks & A Flower: Wednesday’s AMBC

Matt Drzik will take a look at a longtime Penguin’s second departure (or is it?) and the possible return to masks beginning at 6:30 tomorrow on A.M. Beaver County.

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Lion Pride Weekend Activities To Be Discussed on Beaver County Radio

(New Brighton, PA ) New Brighton has a very rich heritage surrounding its football team and a group of people have decided to leverage that enthusiasm and tradition by planning “Lion Pride Weekend”, which will happen September tenth and eleventh this fall.   Special events surrounding New Brighton’s home opener football game vs. South Side Area High School on Friday evening September 10 are being planned.  Doug Campbell is heading up the effort and will be accompanied by New Brighton Head Football Coach, Joe Greco, along with Lion Pride Weekend committee members Gretchen Rombold and Joan Shanahan for a live multi media simulcast interview in the Beaver County Radio Sound Stage.  New Brighton Borough Manager, Tom Albanese will join in the conversation via phone. Matt Drzik will host the forum.  The live audio and video stream event will air from 8:40 to 9 A.M. on Beaver County Radio and the stations’ Facebook page.

Campbell and Greco played on one of New Brighton’s greatest football teams, the 1980 W.P.I.A.L. finalists. One of the key events of the weekend will be to honor that  1980 team during a special pregame ceremony to take place prior to the tilt with the Southside Rams on Friday evening September tenth at Oak Hill Field.  There will also be a hospitality tent for returning alumni at the game, a post game Party at the Oak Hill Vets, and activities on the following day after the game planned for Lion Pride Weekend.  Tune in to WBVP, WMBA, 99.3 F.M. or the BCR Online Audio Stream on Tuesday July 27, 2021 from 8:40 to 9 A.M. to find out more.

Photo of the 1980 New Brighton Football Team. Courtesy of Brian Debo and Doug Campbell.

Lion Pride Weekend is sponsored by Debo Moving and Storage, Ryno Production, Remax Select Real Estate – Ed Rae, Youngblood Paving, Bovard Anderson Real Estate – Joan Shanahan, Campbell Laboratory, Simply Brushed Vintage and Beaver County Radio.

Cover photo: New Brighton quarterback, Brian Debo (14), runs the option play with Craig Vukich (33) versus Riverside High School during the fall of 1980.  Photo courtesy of Brian Debo.

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Things Get “Class”-ic On Tuesday’s AM Beaver County

The Pride of the Lions will be celebrated tomorrow on A.M. Beaver County, as a panel of New Brighton graduates and staff will join Matt Drzik on Beaver County Radio and Facebook Live to talk about Lion Pride Weekend coming up on September 10 & 11, celebrating the classes of 1980 through 1983.

Sponsors for Lion Pride Weekend include:

Ryno Production
Remax Select Real Estate – Ed Rae
Campbell Laboratory
Debo Moving and Storage
Joan Shanahan – Bovard Anderson Real Estate
Youngblood Paving
Simply Brushed Vintage
Beaver County Radio
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VIDEO: National Champion U15 Girl’s Soccer Squad Features Several Beaver County Athletes

The toils and tribulation of hard work and matches against top-tier competition can be exhausting and draining, but they instantly become worth it when the gold is earned.

With their 1-0 win over Utah in the President’s Cup finals, the Century West U15 girl’s soccer team did just that.

Head coach Chris Lantzy joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to talk about Century West’s national championship, coming after a season that started back in March and took a year’s worth of preparation to fully achieve. Coach Chris talked about the levels of talent, discipline, and sportsmanship that these young ladies showcased while climbing the ladder towards their golden victory earlier this month.

Seven players on the Century West roster hail from Beaver County Schools:

* Morgan Keller (Freedom/Sophomore)
* Gabriella “Gigi” Finch (Riverside/Freshman)
* Emerson Connelly (Beaver/Freshman)
* Lilia Battalini (Beaver/Freshman)
* Sydney Chontos (Beaver/Freshman)
* Dionna “Tiger” Santia (Hopewell/Sophomore)
* Bella Gold (Hopewell/Sophomore)
For more information on Century West or to get involved with the program, visit their website at centurywestsoccer.org.
To watch the full interview with Matt and Coach Chris, click on the Facebook feed below!

AMBC Friday: A Gold Medal Edition Of Free-For-All-Friday

From what Olympians in Tokyo will be doing with the medals they receive to the celebration of the Century West U15 Girls’ Soccer National Championship, it’s going to be a golden Friday edition of A.M. Beaver County. Century West coach Chris Lantzy joins Matt Drzik at 8:35 to talk about that championship, which features 7 young up-and-coming soccer stars from Beaver County schools.

Also, it’s another Free-For-All Friday, with the phone lines open all morning long at (724) 843-1888 & (724) 774-1888. Festivities begin with Frank Sparks on news at 6:30.

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AMBC Thursday: RMU Hockey Might Be Back…

So after two months of being cut, Robert Morris hockey might be returning…but is it as celebratory as we want it to be?

That and more tomorrow morning starting at 6:30 with Matt Drzik and Frank Sparks on A.M. Beaver County.

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VIDEO: Apprentice Readiness Program Kicks Off On July 12

Reopening businesses and finding employees have become a major fixture of the warm-weather section of 2021, and Beaver County is offering a free program in order to give those looking for career opportunities a chance to advance in the working world.

The Apprentice Readiness Program is a three-week series of classes and training provided, in conjunction with the North American Building Trades Union, by the Beaver County Career & Technology Center as well as the Community College of Beaver County. Students will not only learn about the labor aspects in several different fields such as carpentry and electrical work, but also math skills that will be applicable to each trade, and communication skills that will be essential for doing well in a job interview and cooperating with co-workers.

Maria Brown, David Wytiaz, and Larry Nelson joined Matt Drzik in studio to talk about this program that begins July 12 at the BCCTC headquarters in Monaca. The cost for attendance is free but there are several requirements (all of which are on the flyer above):

  • Must sign up for the classes before attending by calling 724-288-2080 or emailing to info4bcbt@bcctc.org
  • Must be 18 years or older to participate
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

To watch the full interview with Matt, Maria, Larry, and David, click on the Facebook feed below!

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VIDEO: “Homecoming” Is The Theme For The 11th Annual Beaver County BOOM!

After a year of waiting in isolation for the night skies to light up, PUSH Beaver County–along with the help of Zambelli Fireworks, Beaver County Radio, and other countless sponsors–will crank up the tunes and shoot up the sky with colorful light as Beaver County BOOM! returns for Summer 2021.

PUSH BC head men Mark & Nate Kopsack joined Matt Drzik in studio to preview this year’s festivities, from the live music at Thursday’s in Bridgewater to the food truck cavalcade at Bridgewater Park, to the skydiving exhibition provided by Studio SMC at 8:30, all leading up to the musically choreographed live fireworks display taking place at 9:45 over the confluence of the Beaver and Ohio Rivers.

All coverage of the evening’s festivities will be broadcast live on Beaver County Radio beginning with live coverage at 6:00 PM. Eddy Crow and Curtis Walsh will be live at Thursday’s with the Wrangler Band playing music throughout the evening, while Matt Drzik and Bob Barrickman will have the Beaver County Radio Prize Caddy out at Bridgewater Park, and will provide live updates during the evening. Plus Beaver County Radio will be livestreaming the fireworks on Facebook Live at 9:45, allowing this year’s BOOM! to be experienced worldwide.

To see the full interview with Nate, Mark, and Matt–click on the Facebook feed below!

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VIDEO: Beaver Valley Amateur Radio Association To Have “Field Day” June 26

All professional radio started out as amateur radio before the profit was to be had and superstars were made without faces. But while professional radio kept evolving and more media formats entered into the national consciousness, amateur “ham” radio continued to evolve as well, into a version today that is more advanced and all-encompassing.

The Beaver Valley Amateur Radio Association has been part of that decades-long evolution, and on June 26 they are having their “Field Day” to showcase their technical prowess, and to invite others to join in the learning process of what it takes to be in amateur radio, and the achievements that could be had with the right moves.

Rich Soltez (K3SOM) & Director Tony Pavilonis (K3AHP) joined Matt Drzik (W257EA) on A.M. Beaver County to talk about the in’s & out’s of amateur radio, and how those gathered at Old Economy Park on June 26 will be entering a world of communication that is not only technically astounding, but could serve an importance down the line if other methods of technology aren’t readily available or accessible.

More details about the Beaver Valley ARA can be found at their website.

To hear the full interview, click on the Facebook feed below!

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Blackhawk QB Club To Host Football Tournaments In June & Joe Hamilton Golf Classic In July

The school year may be over, but that doesn’t mean that high school athletes and coaches have to stay out of the competitive ring.

Two upcoming events presented by the Blackhawk Quarterback Club will offer high school football players and athletes of all calibers on the golf course to get in shape and battle it out for a good cause. QB Club President Paul Heckathorn and Blackhawk head football coach Zach Hayward joined Matt Drzik to talk about these two events.

The first event is a 7-on-7 Football Tournament & Lineman Challenge taking place at Wright Field in Chippewa on June 26. The 7-on-7 tournament will feature offensive skill as teams of 7 will battle it out in games of two-hand-touch football, while the Lineman Challenge will focus on the gridiron guardians battling it out in challenges such as tug-of-war and tire lifting. Admission is free for the public and food trucks will be present and available throughout the event, taking place from 9 AM to 5 PM. Athletes can contact the Blackhawk QB Club to participate; deadline is June 25.

The other event being hosted by the Blackhawk QB Club is the 36th Annual Joe Hamilton Golf Classic taking place at Blackhawk Golf Course on July 17, beginning with a shotgun start at 1:30 PM. Both Hayward & Heckathorn were players under the legendary football coach at Blackhawk High School, and the tournament named after him is seen as a fun, competitive get-together for former alumni and the public at large to be part of. Participation in the tournament includes a steak dinner and complimentary gift, and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

More information about these events can be seen by going to the Blackhawk QB Club’s official page (link above), or by going to their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts.

To watch the full interview, click on the Facebook feed below!

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