Putting Troy’s Best Foot Forward: Troy Community Radio

Putting Troy’s Best Foot Forward: Troy Community Radio

Putting Troy’s Best Foot Forward: Troy Community Radio

By Matt Bayman

TROY – Scott Hornberger and Clint Myers have been interested in radio broadcasting ever since their days at Troy High School in the late 1980s.

And while both men worked outside of the community to start their careers, they eventually came full-circle with the creation of Troy Community Radio.

Initially started as a webcast by Scott in 2012, Troy Community Radio has developed into both an online and FM radio station that aims to provide “local radio the way it was meant to be.”

“We’re a community radio station,” Scott said. “You’re going to hear live local programming from people who actually live in the community.”

Combining a mixture of popular music, talk radio, local sports coverage and entertainment news, Troy Community Radio is found at 107.1 on the radio dial and streaming online at www.tcrtroycommunityradio.com.

The transition from a webcast operated out of Scott’s home to a radio station located above the Square in downtown Troy took not only the expertise of Scott and Clint, but also a little luck. In November of 2012 – for only the second time in its history – the FCC opened a filing window that allowed applications for new low power FM stations.

“They opened them up for community broadcasting and there was one frequency available in Troy,” Scott said.

After completing a pile of paperwork and preparing their studio for the job at hand, on February 14, 2014 Troy Community Radio began broadcasting to radio listeners throughout the entire city of Troy, as well as streaming live on the Internet.

Scott said the combination of online streaming and an FM signal allows Troy Community Radio to reach a wide and diverse audience. “You can listen to us anywhere in the world; even if you’re out of town,” he said. “We have a lot of listeners who used to live in Troy, or who have family here, and want to keep that local connection.”

To date, the radio station has at least one listener in every country in the world (except Australia) and can be heard at many local businesses and offices throughout Troy and Miami County.

A typical broadcasting day at Troy Community Radio begins at 6 a.m. with a morning show called “The Breakfast Club,” which is hosted by Clint and another Troy native, Lori Younce.

Clint said The Breakfast Club focuses on local news, weather and community events.

“We talk about what’s relatable to Troy,” he said. Younce said the show also gives a voice to local non-profits and organizations in the community. “Our goal is to put Troy’s best foot forward,” she said.

This is also done through a variety of weekly reports, including the Lincoln Community Center report, the Mayor’s Report, Community Connections with the Miami County Park District and the Troy Mainstreet report, among others.

During the day, the radio station is an at-work network that plays family friendly music from the 1960s through today. “It’s a broad spectrum that everyone can enjoy; from the Beach Boys to One Direction,” Clint said.

When the workday is done, more upbeat and relaxed music is played, and on the weekends listeners tune in to hear midday and weekend host David Denoyer’s “Saturday Night House Party.” “I play the type of music that’s good for parties and having people over,” David said. Another component of the radio station is covering local sports, which Scott said is “part of what a local radio station does.”

The station is currently broadcasting live play-by-play baseball games at Troy High School and Troy Christian High School. In the fall, the focus is on football games and in the winter, it’s basketball. “We try to give them as much equal time as possible,” Scott said of the two local sports teams. Sports coverage is provided by Dave Fischer, Chuck Fox and Doug Page. Scott said he and his staff continue to develop new programming for the station, but the goal will always remain the same.

“We’re a community radio station. Our goal will always be local, local, local,” he said.


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