Fans of sports radio in the Ozarks will soon be tuning to a new frequency.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Art Hains announced at the end of Friday’s broadcast of SportsTalk that early next month Jock 98.7’s programming is moving to a trio of frequencies.
Jock’s sports programming is moving to:
- 1060 AM
- 96.9 FM
- 99.9 FM
Hains said the station will lose some coverage to the south of Springfield but the station will still be streaming on the Radio Springfield website, the TuneIn app, and various other apps.
The change is part of a series of changes coming from Zimmer Communications, who are in the process of obtaining the stations from long time owner Meyer Communications. Zimmer took over operations at the beginning of July through a local marketing agreement.
Hains’ long-running 4-6 p.m. show SportsTalk will be moving to the new frequencies, as is Jock’s morning show featuring Springfield Cardinals broadcaster Nate Lucas.
“I am so excited for what the Zimmer Radio Group has in store to enhance every single facet of any current station you enjoy under the umbrella,” Lucas told OI. “The JOCK has and will continue to serve as Springfield’s sports leader, and a small change on the dial won’t disrupt the supreme local coverage you deserve. Always remember that it’s so simple to ask ‘Alexa’ to play JOCK 96.9 FM or simply stream via the Radio Springfield app. If I’ve done my job correctly, and continue to entertain the good people of Southwest Missouri, a frequency change should never influence a listener’s desire to hear my show.”
“‘People will come Ray, people will come,'” Lucas joked, referencing James Earl Jones’ classic monologue in the baseball film Field of Dreams.
Jock 98.7 has been the home of the Springfield Cardinals, Drury Panthers, and Lady Panthers. Zimmer Communications plans to stay very locally focused and additional local programs to compliment ESPN programming is expected to join the station.
The current frequency of 98.7 will be changed to a still unannounced music format.
(Disclosure: the publisher of Ozarks Independent hosts a show weekday mornings from 6-8 a.m. on KWTO 560 AM/93.3 FM, which is also part of Zimmer Communications. Headline photo courtesy Talking Women’s Sports, 3-4 p.m. on Jock.)