WRST-FM set a new record for online listenership during the broadcast of the NCAA football semi-final between UW Oshkosh and John Carroll University on Dec. 10.
More than 750 unique listeners connected to the broadcast at wrst.org and the number of simultaneous listeners topped out at 427 in the final minutes of the game, also a new record.
The streaming software generates a map of listeners and showed that the broadcast was being heard in 34 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. However, from WRST’s perspective, it was listeners in Jackson, Wyo., and Exeter, N.H., that had special meaning in that they marked the first connections from those states; they had been missing from the WRST logs and the station can now say it’s been heard in all 50 states. Moreover, many listeners were noted in Ohio, indicating that John Carroll University friends and fans were tuning to the WRST broadcast.
International listeners were also logged for the broadcast in Canada (2), Sweden, England, Germany, Costa Rica, France, Panama and Albania; these latter two counties also are the first to be recorded by WRST.
The Titans face the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for the National Championship in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia on Friday, Dec. 16. WRST is sending two student sportscasters to call the game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CST and WRST will be providing a pre-game show starting at 5 p.m. Both can be heard at 90.3 in the Oshkosh area and online at wrst.org.
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