SkyBox Broadcasting International
Bartlett, Tennessee, USA
 

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Tennessee's First Internet Sports Station!

Bartlett, Tennessee, USA

"On the air since Nov. 17, 2002"

        


Community Radio AM 1700 KOK  

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ON THE AIR, EVERYWHERE!!!

Next Live Broadcast:

Football, 10-04-2016, Bon Lin vs Elmore Park (Bartlett City Schools
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP)

Smartphones and most computers, Bon Lin vs Elmore Park, Football, Click here--->(           )

Pre-game show, 6:20pm / Kick off scheduled for 6:30pm, CDT Oct. 4, 2016 Football (Bon Lin-Elmore Park)

        BARTLETT CITY SCHOOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP-CHECK OUT THE FUTURE BARTLETT PANTHERS!               

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10-04-2016 Broadcast is our BARTLETT BROADCAST EVENT #1,199

Welcome to our 15th Season of Bartlett Panther Sports & Activities!

                                   ***We dedicate this broadcasting season to the memory of our engineer, Ron Alvey, who passed away suddenly on November 2, 2015. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.(     )

KPTR.com/Community Radio AM1700 KOK-Bartlett Panther Broadcast Archives! click here--->(     )

Check out the ALL NEW Bartlett High School Student Sports Information Dept. Website,

"WE ARE BARTLETT.COM". Coverage of all 25 school sports teams & fine arts programs! click here--->(          )

KPTR.com  & Community Radio AM 1700 KOK are now proud to be affiliated with Sports Byline USA!

Click here to listen to Sports Byline USA!-->(        )

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AUG. 2, 2014: BARTLETT CITY SCHOOLS KICKOFF & PEP RALLY, Click Here--->(     )

2016 BARTLETT PANTHER FOOTBALL:

08/21-Memphis Sheffield(    )  08/26-Memphis BTW(    )  09/02-Cordova(    )  09/09-Memphis Oakhaven(    )  09/16-Houston(    )

09/23-Memphis White Station(    )  09/30-Germantown(    )

10/04-Bartlett City Schools MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP, Bon Lin vs Elmore Park(    )

2016-2017 BARTLETT PANTHER GIRLS & BOYS BASKETBALL: 

(All Basketball Broadcast Times are CST)

 

2017 BARTLETT PANTHER BASEBALL:

(All Baseball Broadcast Times are CDT)

 

SOCCER

2017 BARTLETT PANTHER BOYS SOCCER

Link to 2014-2015 KPTR.com/AM 1700 KOK Bartlett Broadcasts Page....Click Here--->(          )

 

Jan. 10, 2014: KPTR.com/SkyBox Broadcasting's 1,000th Bartlett Event Broadcast, Click Here---> (   ) Bartlett vs Bolton Girls & Boys Basketball! 

Apr. 9, 2015:  KPTR.com/SkyBox Broadcasting's 1,100th Bartlett Event Broadcast, Click Here---> (   ) Bartlett vs White Station Baseball!

Please E-Mail us during live broadcasts and tell us where you are listening from. (Use any of these E-Mail addresses):  skyboxcrew@yahoo.com    skyboxcrew@hotmail.com    skyboxcrew@gmail.com

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     SELECTED FRIDAY BROADCASTS are carried on our partner, KWAM AM 990-The Voice of Memphis-->(     ),

also available LIVE ONLINE AT www.kwam990.com-->(    ), and on your smartphone using the free app.

                                                                                                                                                                          

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Matthew and Mike Cooper of the KPTR.com Bartlett SkyBox Crew being honored on KPTR.com's 1,000th Bartlett Broadcast Event at Farley Gym on Jan. 10, 2014

 

(L) Baseball used by Matthew Cooper of the KPTR.com Bartlett SkyBox Crew to throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch on April 9, 2015 at Scott Elrod Field at the Bartlett-White Station game-KPTR.com's 1,100th Bartlett Broadcast Event

(R) Mike and Matthew Cooper call the SkyBox Crew's 1,100th Bartlett Broadcast Event on KPTR.com & Community Radio AM 1700 KOK in the press box at Scott Elrod Field in Bartlett as the Panthers take on White Station, 04-09-2015

Mike Cooper, (L) and Matthew Cooper, (R) of the KPTR.com Bartlett SkyBox Crew at the KWAM AM 990 Studios in East Memphis, Tennessee

 

***Note to listeners: If during a broadcast the stream is lost, simply refresh your windows media player or EZ-stream player and that should reconnect you to the stream.***

We would appreciate hearing from you. Please E-Mail us at: skyboxcrew@kptr.com or sbi@usa.com

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LINKS TO ALL BROADCASTS:

Click Here for all KPTR.com Broadcasts (Listen with EZ-Stream Player)

                                                         

                                                           GREAT MOMENTS IN BARTLETT PANTHER SPORTS, as called by Director of Broadcast Operations-Matthew Cooper click here---> http://ibn.ihigh.com/play/index.cfm?id=114640

 

                                                                                            

"Welcome to our 15th Season of Bartlett Panther Broadcasts"

 

*****KPTR.com is not an affiliate of any school, school system, or the Bartlett High School Student Sports Information Department. Opinions and play-by-play calls are only the views of the commentators and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of KPTR.com or The SkyBox Broadcasting International Network.

 

 

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2014-16 Broadcasts     (See Skybox Broadcasting Network Website.)  Click here----->(            )

Baseball
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Football
Other Broadcasts

KPTR Broadcast Archives:
2002-03 Broadcasts
2003-04 Broadcasts

2004-05 Broadcasts
2005-06 Broadcasts
2003 Centralia Holiday Tournament
2004 Centralia Holiday Tournament
2005 Centralia Holiday Tournament
2004 TSSAA Spring Fling

2005 District 14-AAA Basketball Tourney
2005 TSSAA Spring Fling

Other Links
A KPTR.com special tribute to our troops
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The KPTR.com Story. . . . . . .

Centralia, Illinois.  The year 2000.  The Centralia Holiday
Tournament, a 16-team boys basketball tournament in the quaint
basketball hotbed in southern Illinois.  Mike Cooper,
Ken Opperman, Eric Opperman, and Matt Cooper talked at
McDonald's about how they wished they could broadcast Bartlett
basketball like numerous small town radio stations, including
Centralia's WRXX, do for their high schools.  And so the dream
began.


It was a dream that would take two full years to come true, and
beginning in 2002, KPTR.com became a reality, as Mike, Ken, and
Matt broadcast the first Bartlett Panther basketball game of the
2002-03 season at Harding Academy in Memphis.  A week later,
Eric joined them for the Rumble on the Ridge in Forrest City,
Arkansas, and the KPTR.com "Skybox Crew" was on its way to
broadcast its first year of Panther athletics.

KPTR.com has covered nearly all of Bartlett's football, boys
basketball, and girls basketball games since that first broadcast at
Harding Academy, and we have covered numerous other events as
well, including many Panther baseball games and a competition
including Bartlett's award-winning Winter Guard team.  In the fall
of 2003, we began WVWT, ( the Webcast Voice of West Tennessee ), 
to cover various other high school and even college athletics, and
we broadcast 11 games involving 11 boys basketball teams from
three states at the 2003 Centralia Holiday Tournament  via KPTR
and WVWT.  In March 2009, we covered our first Bartlett Panther
Tennis match. Our first coverage of Bartlett Panther Soccer came
on  May 21, 2016, in the Boys  West Tennessee Sub-State Sectional
Game.

Beginning in 2006, all Bartlett Panther Broadcasts were simulcast
on both KPTR and WVWT and we formed our second sister station,
KTSQ-The Sports Quest-to cover other schools activities.  In 2008,
The SkyBox Broadcasting International Network was formed in
order to expand the coverage of exciting Secondary School and
College Sports. In 2011, we formed our third
sister station, WMPQ.us which is located in Arlington, Tennessee
and covers the Arlington Tigers.  During the spring of 2011, we
partnered with KCAB-AM 980 in Russellville, Arkansas to cover the
Arkansas Tech Women's Softball Team in the Gulf-South
Conference Tournament in Southaven, Mississippi.
In late 2012, we began a joint venture with WPAD in Paducah,
Kentucky, "99.5-THE FAN" ( AM-1560 / FM 99.5) and
995thefanpaducah.com / westkentuckystar.com to cover the
Lone Oak Purple Flash in their final season and bring the same
exciting coverage to the Western Kentucky area. KPTR.com is the
Flagship Station of SkyBox Broadcasting International and still is
The Voice of the Bartlett Panthers.  In early 2013, SkyBox
Broadcasting International's first terrestrial station went on the
air, Community Radio KOK-AM 1700, serving areas of Bartlett and
Memphis. In December of 2015, Community Radio
KOK-FM 105.3 was added.  The Skybox Crew assists the Christian
Brothers University Radio Network in Memphis with Men's and 
Women's Basketball broadcasts and also assists  WUMR in
Memphis with University of Memphis Baseball and Lady Tiger
Basketball broadcasts.  In August of 2013, we added a new partner,
AM 990-KWAM, The Voice of Memphis, to carry selected Friday
evening broadcasts, in addition to being on KPTR.com and
Community Radio AM 1700 KOK.  KWAM's 10,000 watt  AM signal
greatly increases our terrestrial radio coverage area. In addition,
KWAM has available a smartphone app
and these broadcasts will also be carried live on the internet  via
their app and on KWAM990.com. 

As of 10/04/2016, KPTR.com has broadcast 1,199 Bartlett events
since that first night at Harding Academy on November 17, 2002.  
We have broadcast events on site in the states of Tennessee,
Kentucky, Mississippi,  Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, and Illinois
and we have had listeners contact us from most of the 50 states,
as well as Canada, Central  America, The Middle-East,
Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Ukraine,  Afghanistan, China, and
The Russian Federation.  As of 10/04/2016,
KPTR.com/WVWT.com/KTSQ.com and The SkyBox Broadcasting
International Network have broadcast a total of 1,378 sports events 
and a grand total of 1,675 events.

The goal of KPTR.com, WVWT.com, and KTSQ.com, as well as that
of the SkyBox Broadcasting International Network, is to highlight
the hard work of the dedicated student athletes and their coaches,
along with the sacrifices of their parents and other family members, 
in order to achieve the great things they do and to provide a media
outlet for these outstanding individuals. The motto of SkyBox
Broadcasting International is: "It's all about the kids".

Please be sure and check out our sister stations, Community Radio
KOK-AM 1700, WVWT.com, KTSQ.com, and WMPQ.us by clicking the
links to the left. ww.wvwt.com


We would like to thank you for visiting us and we hope you enjoy
our broadcasts.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

E-Mails:  skyboxcrew@kptr.com  and  sbi@usa.com

KPTR.com/WVWT.com/KTSQ.com-
SkyBox Broadcasting International

P.O. Box 34306  Bartlett, Tennessee  38184   USA

Telephones:  901-305-3797  /  901-619-0856

James M. (Mike) Cooper, General Manager / Executive Producer

Matthew B. Cooper, Director of Broadcast Operations / Producer

Kenneth (Ken) Opperman, Commentator

Eric Opperman, Commentator

Jonathan D. Sturdivant, Sports Director & Commentator / Producer

Christopher M. Tanner, Statistician & Commentator 

Cona G. Cooper, Production  Assistant

Jeff Browning, Statistician & Commentator

Jordan Browning, Commentator

Stuart Settles, Statistician & Commentator

Ryne S. Clark, Commentator, Production  Assistant

Terry Sturdivant, Commentator / Producer

Jason  Aaron, Commentator

James (Jim) Steinbrecher, Commentator

Jimmy D. Davis, Sales Manager

Donald E. (Don)  Alvey, Engineer***(2002-2014)

Ronald  (Ron)  Alvey, Engineer***(2002-2015)

Craig Blanchard, EZ-Stream Network Control-Chief Engineer  

Link to the Network Website for The SkyBox Broadcasting International Network--->(     )                                                                                               

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Bartlett, Tennessee

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Baseball
Boys Basketball
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Football
Other Broadcasts

KPTR Broadcast Archives:
2002-03 Broadcasts
2003-04 Broadcasts

2004-05 Broadcasts
2005-06 Broadcasts
2003 Centralia Holiday Tournament
2004 Centralia Holiday Tournament
2005 Centralia Holiday Tournament
2004 TSSAA Spring Fling

2005 District 14-AAA Basketball Tourney
2005 TSSAA Spring Fling

Other Links
A KPTR.com special tribute to our troops
KPTR.com contests - you can be a winner!
Order archived KPTR programs
WVWT - our sister station
CoachT.com - Tennessee High School Sports
E-mail us

The KPTR.com "Skybox Crew"

Ken Opperman

A native of East Saint Louis, Illinois, Ken has supported Panther athletics since moving to Bartlett in the mid-1980's.  He works as an intermodal transportation specialist in Memphis.  Ken and his wife Bev have two children, Eric and Melissa, and one grandson, Elijah.  Eric and Melissa are both graduates of BHS. Eric is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and Melissa is a graduate of  Austin Peay State University.

Mike Cooper

A native of Paducah, Kentucky, Mike has supported Panther athletics for years. He works in the Financial Services Industry and is also the General Manager of SkyBox Broadcasting.  He and his wife Cona have four children:  Matthew, Jennifer,  Vanya, and Dima and all are graduates of Bartlett High School.  They also have one grandson, Grayson.  Matthew  and Jennifer are University of Memphis graduates and  Vanya and Dima attended Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis. 

Eric Opperman

A 2000 graduate of BHS, Eric was a member of Bartlett's award-winning Knowledge Bowl program, and he was the first Sports Information Director for the school.  He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 2004, with a degree in Mass Communications.  Eric is now working at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee as the Sports Information Director.  Eric is the son of Skybox Crew member Ken Opperman.

Matt Cooper

Matt is a 2000 graduate of BHS.  While at Bartlett, he served as Co-Sports Information Director for three years.  He graduated from the University of Memphis in 2005 with a degree in history.  Matt is employed by the Bartlett City School System and has been an  Assistant Basketball coach at Bartlett High School. In addition to this, he is the Director of Broadcast Operations for KPTR.com/Community Radio AM 1700 KOK  and The SkyBox Broadcasting International Network and is the Youth Director for Ellendale United Methodist Church in Bartlett.   Matt is the son of Skybox Crew member Mike Cooper.

Why the "Skybox Crew?"

One question we've heard through the years is "Why are you called the Skybox Crew?"

In the late 1980's when Ken started attending nearly every Panther home football game, he quickly found a perch on the top row at the 22 yard line, and he and Eric sat there for years.  When The Coopers moved back to Bartlett shortly before Matt and Eric started high school, they also began sitting in what Ken had begun calling "The Skybox."

The tradition of finding a seat in the top row continued over to Panther basketball, as the Oppermans and Coopers became a fixture at the top row of the lower bleachers near the Bartlett bench nearly everywhere the Panthers played.  One night when they were even more boisterous than usual, a fan a few rows in front of them turned around and said, "The Bartlett Skybox Crew is going wild tonight!"

The name stuck, and it was only natural to keep it when KPTR.com began.

The KPTR.com Story. . . . . . .

Centralia, Illinois.  The year 2000.  The Centralia Holiday Tournament, a 16-team Boys Basketball tournament in the quaint basketball hotbed in Southern Illinois.  Mike Cooper, Ken Opperman, Eric Opperman, and Matt Cooper talked at McDonalds about how they wished they could broadcast Bartlett basketball like numerous small town radio stations, including Centralia's WRXX, do for their high schools.  And so the dream began.

It was a dream that would take two full years to come true, and beginning in 2002, KPTR.com became a reality, as Mike, Ken, and Matt broadcast the first Bartlett Panther Basketball game of the 2002-03 season at Harding Academy in Memphis.  A week later, Eric joined them for the Rumble on the Ridge in Forrest City, Arkansas, and the KPTR.com "Skybox Crew" was on its way to broadcast its first year of Panther athletics.

(The top picture was taken during a Panther broadcast at The Kingdom of the Sun Basketball Tournament in Ocala, Florida in December of 2002.) (The bottom two pictures were taken in the Press Box at  Auto Zone Park in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee where the Bartlett Sky Box Crew called the 2004 Tennessee "Spring Fling" Baseball Championships)

 

Director of Broadcast Operations, Matthew Cooper

General Manager, Mike Cooper and Director of Broadcast Operations, Matthew Cooper

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