Feature · Sports

Radio program highlights collegiate, professional sports

Aidan Harper 

Student Sports Media

Are you tired of listening to the same old sports radio shows? If so, you’re in luck because the Butler County Community College Sports Media program is hosting their own radio talk show. “The Cave” started  Thursday, Aug. 26 from 3-4 p.m., according to Student Sports Media Adviser Mike Swan. It airs every week on Thursday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. on 88.1 FM, or you can visit KBTL.butlercc.edu. The show involves a variety of different topics from professional sports leagues to high school sports coverage. “The Cave” also includes interviews with Butler administration and athletes. No matter what you’re interested in, listening to “The Cave” offers variety. 

“The Cave” started five years ago and from then on has been conducted consistently. However, last year the show was ended briefly because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The students, at times, were not allowed to go into the radio station in large groups because of the pandemic, so they could not produce the show. This year’s Sports Media class has revived the show and has brought it back to its former glory. The show used to be run very consistently every single week, according to Swan. No matter what, the students would always try to host the show. Swan said that one year there was a basketball game at the same time as the show, so they ran the broadcast right before tip-off at the press table of the basketball game. 

“The Cave” is important to the students of the Sports Media program. It takes a lot of time for these students to prepare. They have to write up an outline of the show, research a variety of different topics and get the radio station prepped and ready to go.  

“I am very excited,” Brayden O’Neal, a Sports Media student and co-host, said. “It will be a lot of fun. We get to sit around and talk about the sports world at all levels. We don’t just talk about collegiate sports or pro [professional] sports. We include Butler Community College and El Dorado High School sports as well.”  

The show talks about local sports in order to spread awareness for the local games and give the El Dorado and Butler County sports teams a spotlight. The variety of topics is to try and attract a wide range of listeners, from high school students to adults and even senior citizens.  

Adrian Holguin, another one of the co-hosts on “The Cave,” looks forward to the show.  

“I am mostly looking forward to talking about former NBA player J.R. Smith going to college and joining the North Carolina A&T golf team,” he said.  

If you feel like you have a valid opinion on a certain topic, feel free to call into the radio station. “The Cave” is just like any other sports radio program, according o Keith West, who is in charge of the Radio/Television program. You are able to call in give your opinion or your ‘take’ on things and have it be discussed on the show. Live guests are also encouraged to come on the show.  

“One of the things that we look forward to is not only having live people, but especially from the past, Butler has great athletic programs and has for decades,” West said. “There’s a lot of that we have that are major coaches, major SIDs [sports information directors], ADs [athletics directors], pro [professional] players, football players, baseball players…”  

With the ability to bring in high caliber athletes and administrators, “The Cave” conducts interesting interviews and have many exciting discussions with people that may be the next NFL or NBA prospect. As a listener, you can acquire inside information about Butler’s sports programs, how they are doing and what to look forward to. 

The show has hosted many successful, famous people, like the Dallas Cowboys’ Pro-Bowler and Defensive End Demarcus Lawrence. Wyatt Thompson, the Sportscasting senior director and voice of the Kansas State University Wildcats, has also been interviewed. Even Mitch Holthus, the Kansas City Chiefs play-by-play announcer and a basketball announcer for national networks, has been interviewed on “The Cave.” 

        West said his favorite interview was with the Butler women’s basketball team when they finally made the national tournament. The location of the tournament had been changed from Salina to Lubbock, Texas for the first time, and the team was excited as ever to go to Lubbock and represent Butler, according to West. This was only the second time ever that the tournament was held in Lubbock, Texas, and this was also only the second time ever that the women’s team made it to the national tournament. They made it to the third round; nonetheless, it was still exciting and a great run for the team. The team was interviewed before the game, and you could just tell they were so grateful and excited for the opportunity.  

“The Cave” tries to cover many topics in the sports world. Whether you are tuning in for football or basketball or even golf, you will hopefully be entertained no matter what. You never know who will be interviewed, so get out your laptop, visit the site and listen. If you are driving home from work around 3 p.m., flip your radio to 88.1 FM and try it out. If it’s not for you then so be it, but if you are a sports fan and want to hear some good takes on different sports, tune-in and this will hopefully not disappoint.

To make sure you do not miss out on the excitement, tune into “The Cave” every Thursday afternoon from 3-4 p.m. on 88.1 FM or catch it on KBTL.butlercc.edu.   

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