UMass Radio Network Announced For 2011-12
Aug. 31, 2011
Amherst, MA - UMass games and coaches shows will continue to be broadcast across a four-station radio network, Nelligan Sports Marketing announced Tuesday. Anchored by flagship station WRNX (100.9 FM, Springfield), the UMass Sports Network will be heard throughout the state of Massachusetts and in portions of New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine in 2011-12.
WRNX will be in its tenth consecutive season as the flagship radio home for UMass sports in western Massachusetts. The station carries all football, men's basketball and hockey games in addition to coaches shows for all three sports. WRNX is again joined by three affiliates: WWZN (1510 AM, Boston), WCRN (830 AM, Worcester) and WATD (95.9 FM, South Shore).
Nelligan Sports Marketing (NSM) recently reached an agreement with UMass to manage the University's athletic marketing rights. As part of that deal, NSM will oversee the department's radio and television broadcast agreements.
"We are pleased to continue providing UMass fans with a wide-ranging radio network," said John Egan, Nelligan Sports Regional Vice President. "We recognize the strong partnership that has developed between UMass and WRNX over the past decade and are happy to have 100.9 FM back as the flagship station. WRNX combined with our three affiliate stations will provide a tremendous opportunity for our current and future corporate partners to reach UMass fans and alumni located throughout the region."
Now in its second year on the network, AM 1510 in Boston will carry the bulk of the Minutemen football schedule as well as approximately 20 men's basketball and 10 hockey contests. The station will also air select coaches shows throughout the UMass seasons. WWZN, a 50,000-watt political and sports-talk station, is known during daytime programming as "Revolution Boston." It also serves as the radio home of Boston University hockey and men's basketball and the Red Sox Spanish-language broadcast.
WCRN returns with its mammoth 50,000-watt signal to carry the majority of the men's basketball and football schedule to central Massachusetts. The station, known as "True Talk 830 AM," has a signal that reaches north into southern New Hampshire and Maine and as far south as Providence, Rhode Island. WCRN is also a part of the Red Sox radio network.
WATD, a part of the UMass Sports Network since 1998, will continue to carry football and men's basketball contests. Additionally, all UMass games and coaches shows will have free streaming audio on-line through UMassAthletics.com.
"As we start the transition to FBS football, it is now more important as ever to have radio coverage in as much of New England as possible," said UMass Manager of Broadcast Services Josh Maurer. "We thank Nelligan for coming in and allowing us to continue the continuity on our radio network. I also thank all four radio stations for the eagerness each has shown to air and support UMass athletics."
Maurer, in his fourth season as the play-by-play voice of UMass football and men's basketball, will be joined by former Minuteman Matt Goldstein in the football booth. UMass Hall of Famer Rene Ingoglia, an analyst on the network for the past two seasons, will be working with ESPN 3 game broadcasts this fall.
Adam Frenier hosts football pregame, halftime and postgame shows alongside third-year hockey play-by-play voice John Hennessy. The pre-game schedule includes a one-hour live broadcast from "Minutefan Park" outside McGuirk Stadium for all home games. Cody Chrusciel joins the UMass Sports Network as the football sideline reporter.
Hennessy remains teamed with veteran color analyst Brock Hines and rink-side reporter Frenier for the hockey broadcasts beginning in October.
The broadcast schedule began Tuesday night with the season premiere of the Bud Light UMass Football Show from the Hangar Pub & Grill. Thursday UMass football visits Holy Cross, with radio pre-game coverage beginning at 7:30 pm.
2011-12 UMass Sports Network
Flagship Station: WRNX (100.9 FM), Springfield/Northampton Carries: all football, men's basketball and hockey games, plus 11 weekly coaches shows for each sport
WCRN (830 AM), Worcester Carries: most football and men's basketball games
WATD (95.9 FM), South Shore Carries: all football games, most men's basketball games