Radio Station WTBQ launches new sports chalk show

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:49

Warwick — It’s called, “Game on,” and every Friday, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Warwick Radio WTBQ (AM 1110/93.5 FM) will air the only national sports chalk radio show designed to bring listeners updated information on every topic related to amateur sports. Each week Frozen Ropes National Director Tony Abbatine will discuss topics that amateur coaches and parents face each day. College coaches, professional coaches, players and industry experts will be invited guests each week to share their insight on amateur sports. Frozen Ropes is a leading provider of professional baseball and softball instruction with 20 franchise locations across the United States. Its headquarters is at The Rock Sports Park in Chester, a 10-acre complex built in 2010. Abbatine, a resident of Warwick, is responsible for the training program and instructional model used at all Frozen Ropes locations. He is also the author of numerous articles on player development and he has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, ESPN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Baseball America and various television media. Abbatine has been hired as a consultant by several major league baseball organizations, most recently, the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and the New York Mets. During these assignments, he presented the Frozen Ropes Visual Mechanics and Showtime training models to the coaching staff and players, both in Spring Training and during the season. During upcoming WTBQ programs Abbatine plans to invite college coaches, professional coaches, players and industry experts who will share their insights. Show topics will include coaching, college selection, nutrition, anxiety, injuries, realistic goals, travel team mania, specific strategies and the like. Considering the background of the moderator, the new radio show should prove interesting. A regular on the national and international speaking circuit, Abbatine’s dynamic presentation skills and diversity of topics have allowed him to present at numerous State coaches associations as well as the American Baseball Coaches National Convention and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. On the international scene, he has provided coaching instruction to elite level Italian, French, German and Japanese teams, both in the United States and abroad. Abbatine has also appeared as a guest analyst for TBS Sports and on ESPN Radio. “This show,” said Abbatine, “ is not about yesterday’s news. It’s about what information we can provide to parents and coaches that will help improve the skills of their sons and daughters.” Since some parents, coaches and players may not be able to listen by radio to “Game On” on Friday afternoons, it can also be heard online at And archives of past programs are available at or Listeners are invited to call in with questions on air at: 651-1110 or email: