Doubleheader Friday

 

West Rowan at Concord

John Voncannon and Perry Gabriel call the action in this non-conference match-up.

Jay M. Robinson at Mt. Pleasant

Shaked Bar-Tal, Chris Hudson and Mark Plemmons will call the action. It will be an audio only broadcast. The game is being taped for replay on the Educational Channel 21 later. They will be following scores on other games too.
Memories 98.3 is also broadcasting the game with Ken Anderson and Coach Soupy Campbell.

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Under the Lights on Friday Nights

North Mecklenburg at Cox Mill

 Join Shaked Bar-Tal, Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons as they broadcast the game and keep you up to date on scores from around the area.
The broadcast begins at 7 p.m. with kickoff scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
Other games Friday include:
A.L. Brown at West Rowan
Mt. Pleasant at East Rowan
Jay M. Robinson at Anson County
Christ The King at Southlake Christian

News from one of our sponsors

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Carolina Renaissance Festival Returns – A Great Fall Destination!
 When searching for signs of autumn’s arrival one need look no further than the return of the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.  As sure as the changing color of the leaves, for eight consecutive weekends starting September 30 and through November 19, the Carolina Renaissance Festival brings a big dose of cheer, trumpet fanfare, clashing armor and giant roasted turkey legs.
During the medieval times, fall was the Harvest Season celebrated by festivals and fairs.  This rings true as each Renaissance Festival day is filled with a bounty of attractions appropriate for all age groups.
Village purveyors offer an endless feast of bread bowl stews, premium meats on sticks, sweet treats and confections, and a favorite of all renaissance wanderers: a bag of cinnamon-roasted almonds!  Festival pubs offer variety of Pepsi products, craft beer, wine, champagne, ale, honey mead, lemonade and Medieval Margaritas to compliment the day-long feast of hearty foods fit for royalty! New to the menu this season is Bronn’s Dragon Chop – a giant smoked pork chop that is sure to rival the Festival’s signature Turkey Leg and is named in honor of a popular character on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Twelve stages offer an abundance of costumed performers offering continuous music, dance, comedy, and circus entertainments.
Unbalanced acrobats, the Ancient Art of Falconry, and the popular jousting tournament with horse mounted armored knights are all examples of the continuous entertainment options offered. Many of the shows are spontaneous and you will never know what happens next, on stage or off.
Shop an extensive array of craft vendors offering home décor, jewelry, clothing of renaissance and medieval fashion, blown and torched glass, handmade art and pottery.  There are also activities for children of all ages that include people powered amusement rides and countryside faire games such as the castle climbing wall, archery and tomato tossing at a fool.
In addition to returning favorites like the Tortuga Twins, Hey Nunnie Nunnie, Barely Balanced and Don Juan & Miguel, each year the Carolina Renaissance Festival adds new entertainments for visitor enjoyment. New for 2017 is The CRAIC Show (pronounced CRACK).  A self-proclaimed theatrical “Heavy Medieval” rock group that features roguish vocals, rhythmic mandolin, ancient style violin, huge wooden drums and blaring bagpipes. They play songs from all over the world that date from the 900s to the 1800s.  They are a high energy & wildly entertaining band that performs a sound that is unlike any other!
The 24th Carolina Renaissance Festival – where imagination, fantasy, and history burst to life.  A place where adults can feel and act like children while children are treated as royalty.  A magical realm where you will forget about your daily cares and enjoy the magic of a simpler time and place.  A time traveling escape like no other!
WHEN YOU GO:
What: The 24th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.
Where: North of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville. The Festival is located on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85).
When: Eight consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from September 30th through November 19th,The Festival runs from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM, rain or shine.
Advance Discount Tickets: $24 for adults, $14 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at carolina.renfestinfo.com. Seniors ages 60 and over and Military personnel (with valid ID) enjoy discount tickets at the gate with adults at $22 and $12 for children ages 5 – 12.  Children under 5 are always free. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.
Event Sponsors: Harris Teeter, Pepsi, & the Charlotte Observer.  Additional sponsors include: Sunbelt Rentals, Diamond Springs, Carolinas HealthCare System, Visit Lake Norman, Chick-Fil-A, Valpak, AAA of the Carolinas, Autobell Carwash, Jersey Mike’s, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Fluent Language Solutions, Hampton Inn & Suites – Charlotte/Huntersville, Apex Technology, Halloween Express, and Charlotte Playsets.
Information: Online at carolina.renfestinfo.com, or call (704) 896-5544, toll free (877) 896-5544.

Central Cabarrus versus East Rowan video

Here is the replay of Central Cabarrus’ game with East Rowan.

This week’s Game of the Week will be live from Cox Mill as the Chargers battle North Mecklenburg.

Monday Night Football

Parkwood at Cox Mill

Mark Plemmons and Shaked Bar-Tal call the action.

Also Monday
Central Cabarrus at Mt. Pleasant (broadcast on Memories 98.3 FM, WTIX)

Back to Friday night football

Jay M. Robinson at Hickory Ridge

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action from Harrisburg. The Ragin’ Bulls come in with a 2-0, while the Bulldogs are 1-1. The game has been moved back to Friday at 7:30 p.m. weather permitting.

Central Cabarrus at Mt. Pleasant and Parkwood at Cox Mill have been moved to Monday night.

Thursday scores
A.L. Brown 50 Jesse Carson 0
Hough 28 Concord 14
Below are some Todd Maulden’s  photos from Week 1.

Thank you Monty, you will be missed

Mount Pleasant and Cabarrus County lost a friend and great supporter of high school athletics. Monty’s words of encouragement and willingness to help will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

High School Football Week 2

Under the Lights on Friday Nights will be at Central Cabarrus for Vikings game with Hickory Ridge. Mark Plemmons and Perry Gabriel will co-host the show. Shaked Bar-Tal will be reporting from Cuthbertson at Jay M. Robinson and Chris Hudson will bring updates from Mount Pleasant at Northwest Cabarrus.
We welcome your calls (texts too) and updates at 704-490-3715. We expect to be on the air from 7 to 10 p.m.

Guest column

High school activities bring communities together

By Bob Gardner and Que Tucker

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games.  It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

Attending high school sporting events teaches important life lessons, too.

Among them, it teaches that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond.

That’s why attending the activities hosted by your high school this fall is so important. It’s not only an opportunity to cheer for your hometown team, it is also an opportunity to celebrate our commonality. And that’s something our country needs right now.

The bond we share is mutually supporting the teenagers in our respective communities. We applaud their persistence, tenacity, preparation and hard work, regardless of the color of the uniform they wear. We acknowledge that education-based, high school sports are enhancing their lives, and ours, in ways that few other activities could. And we agree that, regardless of what side of the field we sit on, attending a high school sporting event is an uplifting, enriching, family-friendly experience for all of us.

Many of the high schools in our state lie at the heart of the communities they serve.   They not only are educating our next generation of leaders, they also are a place where we congregate, where people from every corner of town and all walks of life come together as one. And at no time is this unity more evident than during a high school athletic event.

This is the beginning of a new school year. Opportunities abound in the classroom and outside it. Let’s make the most of them by attending as many athletic events at the high school in our community as possible.

Turn on the lights, and let the games begin!

Bob Gardner and Que Tucker

Bob Gardner is Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Que Tucker is Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Under the Lights on Friday Nights

Scores and highlights from across the area

Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons host this week’s scoreboard show from the site of Concord at Hickory Ridge.

Shaked Bar-Tal will provide live reports from the Cox Mill at Mount Pleasant game. Chris Hudson will report from Piedmont at Central Cabarrus.

We will follow other games and we encourage you to call your scores from across North Carolina live between 7:30 and 10 p.m. each Friday night. The number to call is 704-786-0001 to connect live on the air with Mark and Perry.

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Plans for 2017 football season

A few years ago Dr. Spencer Johnson wrote a book called “Who Moved My Cheese?” It’s good reading for anyone in business. Our cheese keeps moving and we must move to keep up with the changes.

Bob Brown and I started Radio Free Cabarrus in 2009 after the owner of the local radio station abandoned our community. Since then we have expanded our coverage and included video.

In the past year or so, the local AM station WTIX 1410 was purchased by people who see the value of local radio. They’ve expanded their operation to include Memories 98.3 FM. They will be broadcasting a game of this week this football season. That’s great news and we certainly support their efforts.

Another change has been at the N.C. High School Athletic Association, which is now requiring rights fees for regular season games. I don’t think they completely understand the impact of their fees. For companies like Radio Free Cabarrus it will mean less games will be broadcast.

RFC will continue to broadcast games live, but not every week and not as many. We will however continue to cover and report on games. Here is our basic plan for the 2017 football season:

  • A live scoreboard show (we haven’t come up with a name yet) will be broadcast each Friday night with live reports from games involving Cabarrus teams and others. This will be a work in progress and we will adjust as we go. There are a lot of exciting possibilities.
  • Select live video broadcasts of big games will be broadcast. We plan to ramp up our live broadcasts as the season heats up and as we get near the playoffs.
  • We will be open to suggestions. If you have ideas or comments I would love to hear them. Email me at plemmons.mark@gmail.com

Thanks for all the support you have provided. We pledge to continue our efforts to promote Cabarrus County sports including the schools, athletes and community organizations to the best of our abilities.

Mark Plemmons

Owner/General Manager

Radio Free Cabarrus

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2017 North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, tickets on sale

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Date: October 19th, 2017

Time: 7:15-10:30 (doors open at 6:30)

Location: Gem Theatre

111 W 1st Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081

Price: $35 – General; $80 – VIP

Our annual induction ceremonies are a commemorative occasion in which those in the music industry who have made an impact on American Music, are introduced as new members of our Hall of Fame:

Anthony Hamilton

Jim Lauderdale

Steep Canyon Rangers

Etta Baker

Richard Lewis Spencer

Sensational Nightingales

Bucky Covington

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony is an annual event wherein North Carolina’s finest musical talents are honored and recognized with by their home state, a monumental milestone in any artist’s career. It will be a night of elegance and glamour where music fans across the nation come together to celebrate these all time legends.

To Purchase Tickets go to www.2017induction.eventbrite.com or call (704) 934-2320