BBC Radio Shropshire scores Shrewsbury Town live match coverage until at least 2021
BBC Radio Shropshire and Shrewsbury Town have agreed a three year deal to ensure commentaries on the team’s matches will continue to be broadcast.
It means listeners will be able to tune in to every Town game until at least the summer of 2021.
“We started full match commentaries on every game over ten years ago, and we’re proud that Radio Shropshire can continue to be the first port of call for Town fans for another three seasons at least,” said the radio station’s editor, Tim Beech.
Town’s chief executive Brian Caldwell said: “It’s great for the football club too, to be associated with a brand like BBC Shropshire. We’ve got a long relationship with them, and we want that to continue.
“I know a lot of supporters who can’t make games enjoy listening to Stuart Dunn and the commentaries wherever we’re playing, and I’m delighted that’s continuing.”
Stuart Dunn is the voice behind the Radio Shropshire mike. He’s a locally born and bred journalist and boyhood Town fan, who turned his passion to reporting on the club almost 25 years ago.
Caldwell added: “The impact of Shrewsbury Town winning on a Saturday can actually lift the local workforce. It puts everyone going to work in good spirits, so you’re hoping it affects the local economy as well – and for those listening on BBC Shropshire it puts a spring in their steps on a Monday morning too.”
The news of the BBC Radio Shropshire – Shrewsbury Town deal comes at a huge time for local fans, with the club currently in the running for League One promotion, and due to play at Wembley shortly in the Checkatrade Trophy final.
“I can’t think of anything else in that happens in Shropshire that gets 5-6,000 people out every other week in a common cause,” said Beech, “and hearing a football match on the radio brings everyone together in a real atmosphere and a real sense of excitement, energy and passion.
“But more than that: Shrewsbury Town games and how the club’s doing is also very much a part of what life is like around here, and I think it’s great that we’re going to be able to provide our service for the next three years.”
BBC Radio Shropshire is available on 96 FM, digital, online and on BBC iPlayer.
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