1550 AM will not air prep football this fall

Radio airwaves go silent again for Clark County prep football games

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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The voice of McKenzie Stadium is not being silenced, but the press box will be quieter this season.

Ron Soanka, who has called every Friday football game at McKenzie Stadium the past two seasons for Sunny 1550 AM, said the station could not find enough sponsors and is cancelling the broadcast this season.

McKenzie Stadium, home to Evergreen, Heritage, Mountain View, and Union, hosts two games each Friday night during the football season.

Soanka called the news "sad" and "disappointing." However, he will continue to voice the cable TV broadcasts for Evergreen Public Schools, which airs on a tape-delay basis on Comcast Channel 29.

KVAN (1550 AM) broadcast high school football games in Clark County for years before deciding to halt the broadcasts in 2002.

Prep football in Clark County stayed off the airwaves until Sunny 1550 AM brought the broadcasts back in the fall of 2011.

Soanka, among others, helped bridge the gap in the years prep football was off the air in Clark County by providing internet-based broadcasts. There are no plans for internet broadcasts of high school football in Clark County this fall.

Fort Sports, a student-led broadcast of Fort Vancouver High School, has aired games live on Friday nights from Kiggins Bowl on Comcast Channel 29.