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Two Shot on Penn State-Beaver Campus!!

Two people were shot on the Penn State-Beaver campus Wednesday afternoon, according to Beaver County 911 dispatchers. Penn State issued an alert on social media that shots were fired near Brodhead Bistro. Authorities on the scene contained the situation.

It was reported by the Beaver County Times that the campus was put on lock down and  a staging area near Beaver Valley Mall was being set up.

The coroner has been called to the scene of a shooting. It’s being reported that calls first came in as shots fired at the cafeteria at Penn State Beaver campus in the Student Union Building. Two people were reported down.

Stayed tuned to Beaver County Radio for more on this developing story.

/ A.M. Beaver County, News, Teleforum

New Alliance Between Beaver Valley Colleges Announced

The four major colleges in the Beaver Valley are joining forces!

Bridges & Pathways is a new program devised in conjuction by Robert Morris, Geneva College, CCBC and Penn State Beaver to promote higher education for those in Beaver County and surrounding areas.

At a press conference held today at the Uncommon Grounds Cafe in Aliquippa, CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber spoke about the areas of focus for Bridges & Pathways.

Dr. Calvin Troup also spoke at the press conference, discussing the cultural program and the importance of it:

Dr Jennifer Cushman, Chancellor of Penn State Beaver, spoke about the gathering process to bring together students and committee members:

And Dr. Dave Jamison, Provost of Robert Morris, reiterated that the schools will cooperating equally in this new program:

/ A.M. Beaver County, News

2017 Beaver Light Up Night!

It was cool, but not freezing; a perfect night to kick off the holiday season. And the citizens of Beaver and surrounding areas did just that with the annual Light Up Night on Third Street. Beaver Light Up Night was coordinated by The Beaver Area Chamber Of Commerce.

While Pat Septak and Matt Drzik were busy on the prize wheel, the night air was filled with the sights and sounds of the Christmas joy that brought out hundreds of people to the County Seat town of Beaver.

Janet Falotico, one of “The Voices” with “Rudy Zetz and Voices”, entertains the capacity crowd in Beaver on Friday night.

A stunning  line up of local performers entertained at the main stage in town, including Rudy Zetz and Voices, Jamie Laughlin, Rick Gilbert, Valentina Cherrico and The Maybrayz among others. NASCAR radio announcer Mike Lysakowski served as Master Of Ceremonies again this year.  Beaver County Radio recorded the concert again this year and will be playing back selections throughout the holiday season and during “Christmas Music ‘Round The Clock” December 24-26, 2017.

Here is a recording of “White Christmas” as performed  by Rudy Zetz, Janet Falotico, Jamie Laughlin and Sharon Gray at Friday night’s event in Beaver:

If you were there, or you missed out, check out these highlights from Light Up Night 2017!

/ A.M. Beaver County, News

Join Beaver County Radio At Beaver Light Up Night!

The Beaver County Radio Prize Van will be strolling down Third Street in Beaver tonight, as the capital of Beaver County celebrates the beginning of the Christmas season with Light Up Night!

Join Pat Septak and Matt Drzik as they bring you live coverage from Beaver, in a festival that includes live music and bright lights up and down the main street of the city. The duo will have the prize wheel spinning from 5 until 7, and Light Up Night festivities will continue after that.

/ A.M. Beaver County, News

Beaver Falls Lighted Christmas Parade Will Be November 25

As is tradition following Thanksgiving in Beaver County, citizens will gather onto 7th Avenue of Beaver Falls to view the annual lighted Christmas Parade that will take place on Saturday, November 25. The parade will begin at 6:00 pm, and live broadcast coverage with Frank Sparks and Gary Miller begins at 6 as well.

Parade Committee head Nate Goughnour and Treasurer Nancy Valentine joined Matt Drzik to talk about this year’s parade, including new additions that will be located on 12th and 14th streets, and their favorite moments of parades past.

To contact the parade committee, call Nate at (724) 513-1792 or Nancy at (724) 683-2926.

To hear the full interview with Nate, Nancy, and Matt, click on the players below.

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/ A.M. Beaver County

Pirates trade Ngoepe to Toronto

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift  Ngoepe from the Pirates. There was no room on the Pirates  as the club goes about trimming its 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 draft. A player to be named later or cash will head to Pittsburgh in return.

Ngoepe, 27, became the first African-born player to reach the majors when he debuted in 2017. Though he moved around in Pittsburgh, Ngoepe has spent the bulk of his minor-league time at shortstop and is regarded as a proficient middle infielder.

Ngoepe could function as an optionable utility piece in Toronto.

Sites Chosen For Round 2 of WPIAL Football Playoffs

The WPIAL has announced the neutral-site locations for the quarterfinal matchups in 1A & 2A, and the semifinals in 3A on upwards. Local schools that are playing or hosting are marked below in bold. All games are Friday night at 7:30.

#1 California vs #9 Union at Canon-McMillan HS
#2 Clairton vs #7 Carmichaels at Charleroi HS
#3 Jeannette vs #6 Rochester at Peters Township HS
#4 Imani Christian vs #5 OLSH at Chartiers-Houston HS

#1 Steel Valley vs #9 Burgettstown at Keystone Oaks HS
#2 Washington vs #7 East Allegheny at Elizabeth Forward HS
#3 CW North Catholic vs #6 Serra Catholic at Hampton HS
#4 Riverside vs #12 Avonworth at Seneca Valley HS

#1 Aliquippa vs #5 Beaver at Central Valley HS
#2 Quaker Valley vs #3 Seton-LaSalle at North Hills HS

#1 South Fayette vs #5 Montour at West Allegheny HS
#2 Belle Vernon vs #3 Thomas Jefferson at Baldwin

#1 Penn-Trafford vs #4 Upper St. Clair at West Mifflin HS
#2 Gateway vs #6 McKeesport at Norwin HS

#1 Pine-Richland vs #5 North Allegheny at Ambridge HS
#2 Central Catholic vs #6 Penn Hills at Fox Chapel HS

(Image courtesy of Zach Ulrich)

/ A.M. Beaver County, High School, Sports

Beaver County Annual 4-H Auction Is Set For August 18

If you’re looking to bid on some fresh baked goods, some new furniture, or a gift card for yourself (or others, Christmas isn’t that far off), then the Annual Beaver County 4-H Auction might have what’s on your wish list. The 3rd annual event will be held on November 18 at the Monaca Turners, located on 1700 Old Brodhead Road in Monaca.

Jen McKinley is the Extension Educator for Beaver County’s 4-H Program, and she joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to discuss the specifics of the November 18 auction, as well as some details on who and what the BC4H Program is all about.

Submission slips for entering an item into the Auction MUST be submitted by November 9.

To hear this FULL interview, click on the players below.

Part 1

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/ A.M. Beaver County

Mike Sullivan Disappointed In Penguins’ Output After Winnipeg Loss

The Pittsburgh Penguins have fallen to 0-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, losing to the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 at the MTS Centre Sunday night. The Pens’ goal differential in those four games (all road games) is an alarming -24, with Matt Murray giving up 10 goals over 68:51 of playing time in two of those four games (including the first 18:07 of last night).

Coach Mike Sullivan spoke after the game last night, and he feels a part of this solution will be for his players to get back to what needs done on the ice, even if it’s a “thankless task”:


When asked about the reality of his team playing back-to-back games for the 4th time this year, Sullivan said it was more a matter of effort:


The Penguins return to action on Wednesday against Edmonton. Pregame on Beaver County Radio is at 8:00; puck drop is at 8:30.

(All audio in this article is courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network.)

/ A.M. Beaver County, NHL

Wet and Cold? No Problem For Beaver Falls Arts Fest.

(Beaver Falls, PA) Even though the weather was not very accommodating, Beaver Falls showed how resilient the city can be on Saturday as many people and vendors, braved the elements and attended  the Beaver Falls Arts Fest.

Food vendors and other displays and activities at Beaver Falls Arts Fest.

Beaver County Radio was one of dozens of downtown businesses that were open for trick-or-treaters in the early afternoon and then hosted the musical chairs game along with The Carnegie Free Library between three and five .  Winners in the musical chairs games took home prizes provided by Doran Auctions, McMahon’s Cycle Sales, Bargain Brakes, Mufflers and More, Ruth’s Second Hand Exchange, Stray Cat Studio, The Carnegie Free Library and  Bauman Office Equipment.  Matt Drzik, host of “A.M. Beaver County”  anchored the live broadcast on WBVP and WMBA.

Additional live broadcast sponsors on WBVP and WMBA included Beaver County Fruit and Garden Centers, Beaver Falls Athletic Department and Dr. C. Timothy Lipp.

The event was organized and sponsored by the Beaver Falls Arts Fest Committee and The Beaver Falls Business District Authority.

Pictures from the Beaver Falls Arts Fest: