FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (October 4, 2016) – Colonial Media and Entertainment (http://www.colonial.fm) announced today that the Company’s 100.1FM & ESPNFayetteville.com (WFAY AM/FM) will not be airing this weekend’s East Carolina University football game following what Company Chairman/CEO Jeff Andrulonis calls a “shameful” disrespect of the National Anthem by the ECU Marching Band.
“Several members of the band refused to play the National Anthem and others ‘took a knee’ during the performance, with the result that roughly a dozen band members disgraced themselves on the football field this past weekend,” according to Andrulonis. “I’m proud of our country and I’m proud of our soldiers…especially our soldiers from Fort Bragg…fighting for our country so I’ve decided that ESPN Fayetteville will ‘protest the protest.’ I talked with some of our East Carolina football sponsors yesterday and will be talking with more of them today. So far, it has been unanimous. Every sponsor I’ve talked to agrees that last weekend’s spectacle at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium was shameful and a message needs to be sent.”
Andrulonis says he fully supports the rights of the band members to protest but that they need to understand that the US Constitution’s “freedom of speech” protections gives them freedom to speak without fear of the government and but not the right to say or do whatever they want with no repercussions. “The band members could have quietly protested in the early morning hours before the game. But that would have required them to wake up early. So instead they chose to make a spectacle of themselves in front of the big crowd at Dowdy-Ficklen. They’re college students and it’s about time they get an education on the concept that their actions have consequences. And the consequence in this case is that the ECU Pirates will not be heard on ESPN Fayetteville this weekend.”
After ‘taking a knee’ for this weekend’s game against the University of South Florida, ESPN Fayetteville plans to carry the remainder of the East Carolina football schedule, beginning with the Thursday night game on October 13th versus Navy.
Colonial Media + Entertainment Chairman/CEO Jeff Andrulonis is a well-known local entrepreneur with interests including real estate, broadcasting, and retail. Andrulonis owns Colonial Media + Entertainment, which is an integrated marketing organization that specializes in marketing and promotions for local businesses. With Radio stations, numerous websites and social media, event marketing opportunities, and even full ad agency consulting, Colonial Media + Entertainment can help local businesses craft an engaging message and then powerfully deliver that message over the numerous megaphones of the Company.
Colonial’s Radio Group is slated to operate 17 Radio stations (4 AM/13 FM + 8 HD Radio simulcasts) in five markets over four states. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Company’s offerings include ESPN Radio (Sports) in Fayetteville and 92-5 FBX for Fort Bragg. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Rejoice FM (Gospel) and WNMB (Adult Hits) are available. The Company’s Olean Radio Group division is based in Olean, New York, and includes Mountain @ 98.7 (Adult Hits), and V96.7 (AC). Colonial’s Quaker State Broadcasting division is based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and includes Bob 103.9 (Country), Mountain @ 106.3 (Adult Hits), and a simulcast of V96.7 on 99.3FM (AC).
Colonial’s Sports Marketing division offers the opportunity for local businesses to partner with NASCAR, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Penguins, Penn State Nittany Lions, East Carolina Pirates, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and numerous high school teams.
Colonial’s event marketing opportunities include the Olean Fourth of July Fireworks, the largest in the market; and the Olean Bridal Expo, the oldest and largest bridal fair in the market.
Colonial’s ad agency consulting is performed via Colonial Media Strategies, a full-service ad agency providing services to clients in the medical/dental, power equipment, and home improvement categories, among others.
More information is available by going online to www.colonial.fm.