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Three Stations Join New Mountaineer Sports Network, Will Carry Four Extra Hours of Game-day Programming

Jul 26, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (July 26, 2013) – As the new radio network from IMG is quickly being built for West Virginia University football, ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket (WMTD-FM/Hinton, WV) along with WRLF-FM/WTCS-AM (Fairmont, WV) have signed onto the new Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG.

West Virginia University and IMG College, which operates the nation’s largest independent sports radio network, recently formed a broad 12-year multimedia rights and sponsorship partnership including exclusive representation and management of game broadcasts and coaches’ shows on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG beginning in the 2013-14 season. 

The radio network plans to eventually add four hours of pre- and post-game coverage commensurate with a program of West Virginia’s scope and appeal. Pregame shows will expand from one hour to 3.5 hours and postgame shows to two hours from 30 minutes. Details on the play-by-play and color commentary team will be announced in the future.

“ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket is pleased to present another year of Mountaineer sports to southern West Virginia in association with IMG,” said Shane Southern, owner of WMTD-FM. “Mountaineers fans are raring to go and so are we as kickoff approaches.”

"WVU is an important part of our business, and our history,” said Nick Fantasia, Owner Fantasia Broadcasting WRLF-FM / WTCS-AM.  “WTCS was part of the original group of WVU network stations connected by phone line in the early 1950's, and we have aired WVU sports ever since.  Having worked with IMG for Marshall and Notre Dame broadcasts, I am confident that the broadcast quality and talent level we expect for the WVU game broadcasts will continue. While people and technology may change the passion for WVU Sports remains the constant. That's why the listeners and the advertisers return each season. It has been our experience that IMG gets that, too. Let's bring on the Mountaineers."

Both station groups will carry Mountaineers football and men’s basketball, along with their respective coaches’ shows and a daily report.

“IMG College is thrilled to welcome ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket along with WRLF-FM/WTCS-AM to the IMG family,” said Joe Potter, Senior Vice President, Operations.  “We are very excited to bring to fans Mountaineers football on our network and to significantly expand the game day programming.  WVU and its fans can expect a game-day broadcast befitting the university’s tradition, success, conference standing, and avid fan base.”