June 21, 2018
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Pulse Sports will broadcast seven Senior League World Series games

Michael C. York | BDN
Michael C. York | BDN
Tyler, Texas, players Marty Antilley (1) and Seth Gibson (9) celebrate after getting the third Brewer/Orrington out in the fourth inning of Thursday's Senior League World Series game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Texas, the U.S. Southwest champs, won 10-0 in five innings.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Bangor radio station Pulse Sports/WZON-AM 620 will again broadcast seven games from the Senior League World Series that begins on Aug. 12 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

Toby Nelson, the sports director at Pulse Sports, said the station will broadcast the four pool play games involving Maine’s District 3 champion, which has yet to be determined, along with the semifinals and championship game.

The tournament is being held at Mansfield Stadium for the 11th consecutive year.

The District 3 champions will open the tournament against the Canadian winners on noon Sunday, Aug. 12. They will then play the U.S. Central winner on Monday, the U.S. East titlist on Tuesday and the Latin American champs, Guatemala City, on Thursday. All those games are at 5 p.m.

The top two teams in each pool will square off in the semifinals on Friday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and the championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Nelson said the games will also be streamlined online.

Nelson will be handling play-by-play chores for all seven games and he said a student from the New England School of Communications on the Husson University campus in Bangor will serve as his color analyst.

He hasn’t chosen a color analyst yet.

Nelson is the only full-time sportscaster at the station after Dale Duff and Clem LaBree were let go by station owner Stephen King on May 31.

WZON-AM 620 has carried the games since the tournament was moved to Mansfield Stadium. They used to air all of the games but cut back to the current format several years ago.

“We don’t have the staff to do all the games but we feel it is worth doing” the seven games, explained Nelson. “It’s a very good local event. It has proven to be worthwhile and we want to carry it through. It should be covered.”

The tournament has brought national exposure to the area since the championship games have been televised on one of the ESPN networks.

This year’s championship game will be televised live on ESPNU and streamed on ESPN3.com.

Pulse Sports will also continue to broadcast high school football and soccer games this fall and Nelson will hire other play-by-play announcers to do games that he can’t do.

The station is in the first year of a three-year contract to broadcast Boston Red Sox games and they will also broadcast Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins games this coming season.

They won’t be carrying NBA, NHL or Major League baseball playoff games if the Boston teams aren’t involved and they are currently negotiating with Westwood One/Dial Global to carry Sunday night and Monday night NFL games, playoff games and the Super Bowl.

“We want [a contract] that is more conducive to a news talk station that also has sports rather than an all-sports talk station. We don’t want to carry as many games [as Westwood One/Dial Global] want us to,” Nelson said.

Pulse Sports doesn’t have any sports talk shows since Duff and LaBree left. They used to do a 4-6 p.m. local weekday show.

Pulse Sports used to carry Husson University games but Nelson said they have no plans right now to carry Husson games.

Update: This story has added the correction of ESPNU televising the SLWS championship game.

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