UMass Games To Air On ESPN Radio Boston
Aug. 20, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass Athletic Department has agreed to a deal with ESPN Radio Boston that will allow Minutemen men's basketball, football and hockey to be heard in the heart of the city for the 2009-10 seasons. UMass Sports Network games will air on 890 AM (WAMG) in Boston and 1400 AM (WLLH) in Lowell, which both carry the ESPN Boston signal simultaneously.
The agreement includes all Minuteman men's basketball and football games. It also includes up to 15 hockey games, marking the first time in over a decade that program will be heard in the Eastern portion of the state on a regular basis. UMass games will be heard throughout the entire state of Massachusetts as well as in portions of New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.
ESPN Radio Boston joins the UMass Sports Network stations led by flagship WRNX (100.9 FM) based in Springfield/Northampton and covering Western Massachusetts. WRNX carries all basketball, football and hockey games and coaches shows for all three sports. WCRN (830 AM) in Worcester returns for another year of carrying UMass men's basketball and football. WATD (95.9 FM), based in the South Shore of Massachusetts will also carry games again. All UMass broadcasts will also be available with streaming audio online through UMassAthletics.com.
"After finishing my first year at UMass, I made finding a radio outlet for our fans in Boston the top priority this summer. We explored several possibilities, and ESPN Boston was the clear-cut best fit for our network," said UMass Director of Broadcast Services and "Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer. "Being affiliated with the ESPN Radio brand is a great step for our athletic department. Having these games on ESPN Boston gives our teams extended reach, exposure and credibility. We couldn't be happier to enter into this partnership."
ESPN Radio Boston carries all of the network's popular shows including Mike & Mike in the Morning and The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Minutemen games will be available to the thousands of fans and alumni in the hub.
"I'm happy to have UMass in the fold as part of our growing station. We look forward to promoting Minutemen sports to all of the college sports fans and alumni in the area," said Al Turner, Station Manager, ESPN Boston. "Until recently, UMass athletics had a long, successful history in the Boston market. We're happy to provide a new vehicle for those UMass fans to be able to follow the team in this area."
The network kicks off coverage with UMass football travelling to Kansas State for a Sept. 5 showdown. Maurer returns for his second year behind the mic as the play-by-play man for the Minutemen. He will be joined by veteran color commentator Matt Goldstein, now in his seventh season calling games at UMass, and new color analyst Rene Ingoglia, the former All-American tailback for the Minutemen.
Adam Frenier returns as the sideline reporter for the third year in a row. New hockey play-by-play voice John Hennessy will host pregame, halftime and postgame shows during the football season. Hennessy will call his first UMass hockey game on Oct. 8, against Rensselaer, with veteran color analyst Brock Hines.
The first UMass Football Radio Show will air on Sept. 3 from the Hangar Pub & Grill with Maurer joined by new head coach Kevin Morris at 7 p.m. The show can be heard on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Massachusetts.
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