Sports talk radio moves online

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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— Eight months after changing formats from oldies music to sports talk, WPTR-AM (1240) is now on the web.

WPTR’s website,, made its debut Wednesday. Neerav Patel, chief operating officer for Empire Broadcasting Corporation, is pleased to get the website up and running.

“It’s been a day in making getting the time to get it done and, finally, got it done,” Patel said. “It was never frustrating. The question was getting everything wired the correct way at the station. With the new automated system, it became much easier to do.”

WPTR became the Capital Region’s third all-sports talk station last June, joining WOFX-AM (980) and WTMM-FM (104.5). WPTR is affiliated with CBS Sports Radio.

Listeners will now be able to listen to the station’s programming on their computers. Some of the featured CBS Sports Radio weekday sports talk show host include John Feinstein (9 a.m.-noon), Jim Rome (noon to 3 p.m.) and Doug Gottlieb (3 to 6 p.m.). San Francisco sports talk show host and Schenectady native Damon Bruce has a show on CBS Sports Radio Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Also being streamed will be three Sunday morning local shows — “518 Sports” with Anthony Marino and Ken Jubie (9 to 10 a.m.), “The Big Guy Fantasy Show” with Guy Sementelli (10 to 11 a.m.) and “Cady’s Corner” with Brian Cady (11 a.m. to noon).

The Union College hockey will also have a presence on the web. The Dutchmen’s games and the “Union Hockey Coaches Corner Live” will be streamed.

“This will help out Union a lot,” Patel said. “With the national recognition with their hockey program, now we’re taking it nationwide and worldwide with the station streaming.”

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