Sports History


Phil Hunt ’76 Allstar game

Rick Woelfel
Sports Call

Bob Brinker
Larry Bowa

 Nolan and Larry Bowa
Jim Church

Jim Church
HS_Football Jim and Kyle

Berger  Church

WNPV has a long tradition of outstanding local sports coverage earning the slogan, the ‘Sporty 1440’.   Schools in the former Bux-Mont League, Lansdale Catholic and Christopher Dock were covered from the gym to the gridiron from the very start.

Long time sports announcer Jim Church sits down to remember

The first high school football game was broadcast on WNPV in November of 1960 as North Penn played Upper Perkiomen.   Hundreds of games would follow including a series of state championship broadcasts for North Penn, Lansdale Catholic and Central Bucks West. WNPV’s high school sports coverage would grow to include basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey play-by-play.  The station has also locally produced college sports play-by-play for Neumann, Gwynedd Mercy and Delaware Valley.

Jim Church with the final call from a 1975 North Penn baseketball game
A bright moment for Souderton during their baseball state championship game.

Bob Bloss, Dean Bennett, Rick Woelfel  and Kyle Berger are among the sports crew to have spent time behind the WNPV microphone.   Current Sports Director Jeff Nolan now oversees the operation and coordinates local coverage. But no one embodies WNPV sports more than Jim Church.  He spent thousands of hours on the air describing all sorts of sporting events and decades hosting the Saturday morning sports show On The Bench.   In July of 2010, he turned hosting duties over to Dan Morehouse.

High School Football has been a big part of the WNPV sports scene for many years

The WNPV Scoreboard Show was created in 2001 and has been a Friday night fixture since after football

WNPV is the suburban source of  NASCAR and Indy Car racing with the annual schedule averaging nearly 100 races.  The Nittany Lions have roared on AM-1440 with WNPV among the Penn State affiliates across the state.   Phillies and Iron Pig baseball have become a summer and fall staple.

Gwynedd-Mercy and Neumann Men and Women’s basketball has become a big part of WNPV winter sports

At various times, WNPV has also been an outlet for the Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. It’s carried regional college sports for Temple, St. Joe’s, La Salle and Villanova. WNPV was also a radio home to the Philadelphia Stars when they won a title in the old USFL.

The Univest bike race has been part of the WNPV sports schedule for more than a dozen years