The Berwick School District ended its relationship with radio station WHLM on Wednesday.
District superintendent Wayne Brookhart made the decision after he learned David Reilly, who was an employee of the station, attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. David Reilly is the son of station owner and general manager, Joe Reilly.
David Reilly served as director of new media as well as an evening host at the station, which announced on its website Wednesday, Aug. 16, that David Reilly resigned.
“It really wasn’t a difficult decision. It needed to be done,” Brookhart said. “It was a decision that needed to be done. I have spoken with all nine of our board members and made them aware of what I was doing. They are totally understanding of it.”
Berwick is home to one of the legendary high school football programs in the state of Pennsylvania. The Dawgs have won six state titles and have been ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today three times.
With the station no longer broadcasting Berwick athletic events, that leaves longtime radio announcer Jim Doyle in limbo in regards to the upcoming football season,which opens Friday, Aug. 25, at Hazleton Area.
Doyle has been a radio broadcaster since 1966. Andy Ulicny has been Doyle’s color analyst on the Berwick broadcasts. The duo has also been broadcasting Bloomsburg University football together.
In the meantime, Brookhart said he is hoping to be able to find another radio station to broadcast Berwick games prior to the season opener.
“I called the station (Wednesday) and talked with Mr. (Joe) Reilly,” Brookhart said. “They will no longer have advertising in the district and we will not have them doing our games anymore. We are trying another way to get the games broadcasted. We totally support Jim (Doyle) and Andy (Ulicny). This has nothing to do with them.
“We are very encouraged in making some progress working on this. We hope by next Friday it will be business as usual with Berwick football on the radio. I couldn’t see how we could continue to be tied to WHLM under the circumstances.”
A message left for Joe Reilly at the radio station was not returned.