Two longtime friends and co-hosts are back together to talk all things Chippewa Valley sports.
Chippewa Falls Senior High School graduate Adam Pearson and Eau Claire North High School graduate Jon Fortier have just launched a local sports radio show, The Chippewa Valley Pregame, on Sports Talk 105.1FM in Eau Claire.
The two UW-Eau Claire alumni — who previously co-hosted The Final Whistle on the university’s Blugold Radio Sunday radio show — will launch their new program at 3 p.m. Friday.
The program will be their first radio show after college.
“We’re both local Chippewa Valley natives, and I think the audience will relate to it,” Fortier said. “We know the area, we know the schools and we know what people want here.”
The Chippewa Valley Pregame will be an hour-long radio show that will focus on local high school, college and semi-pro teams such as Eau Claire Cavalier and Eau Claire Express.
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Fortier and Pearson plan to cover local teams in depth, highlighting specific player performances, rounding up game stats and interviewing players/coaches in the studio for more information.
Another important aspect of the show that the pair plan to include is highlighting lesser-known/smaller schools in local conferences that haven’t received as much local media attention.
Sports Talk 105.1FM radio host Dan Kasper helped bring the dynamic duo together after Pearson completed shadowing work at the radio station. Kasper sees their potential in the field of professional radio.
Pearson said he jumped at the chance to work with Fortier again because the two clicked during their days on college radio where they regularly discussed college and professional sports each week.
“We’ve already built a good chemistry foundation working together through college,” Pearson said. “We both like to talk about sports, we both look professional when we’re on the mic, and it will be good to continue to develop that together. We control each other and we are effective in working towards a common goal.
In addition to enjoying speaking and watching sports, Pearson said his and Fortier’s former sports careers also contributed to their desire to stay connected to the world of sports after their involvement ended.
“I loved playing sports, but I wasn’t necessarily good enough to keep going,” Pearson said. “So talking about it scratches that sports itch. I like having strong opinions about sports and being able to debate with other people. As long as it’s civil, it’s nothing but fun.
Now that the Chippewa Valley Pregame co-hosts are reunited and the microphones once again beam their thoughts, the duo look forward to many more hours of sport.
The first episode of the Chippewa Valley Pregame is Friday at 3 p.m. on 105.1FM.