UMass-WRNX Partnership Continues With Football Radio Show Debut On Thursday
Aug. 27, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts and Clear Channel Communications Inc. have reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension where WRNX 100.9 FM will continue to be the flagship station of UMass sports on the airwaves in Western Massachusetts. That partnership continues with the debut of the first broadcast of the 2008-09 season, the UMass Football Show With Don Brown on Thursday night at 7 p.m. WRNX 100.9 will carry every UMass football, men's basketball and hockey game along with selected men's lacrosse games.
WRNX has been the flagship station of UMass in the Pioneer Valley since 2002-03, covering Minuteman sports and will re-launch game coverage with Saturday's football opener against Albany at 6 p.m. The pregame show begins at 5:30 p.m. with the "New Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer making his UMass debut calling the play-by-play. Maurer will be joined by former Minutemen Matt Goldstein, in his fourth year on color commentary, and Adam Frenier, who reports from the sidelines for the second year in a row.
"Our relationship with Clear Channel and WRNX is invaluable in the Pioneer Valley," said Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations Jason Yellin. "The station provides an outstanding signal with quality broadcasts. We are thrilled to continue the partnership, as WRNX has treated us very well since becoming the flagship. The personal relationships we have built mean so much in making this a successful partnership. We look forward to three more years of the very best in college sports broadcasting."
Sean Davey, the Market Manager of Clear Channel, who has been involved with UMass' previous deals with WRNX echoes the sentiments.
"We are very proud of our association with the University of
Massachusetts and we are excited that we will remain their broadcast
partners for the next three years," said Davey. "UMass has a strong sports program
and we are glad that the Alumni and thousands of UMass fans will be able
to continue to listen to their favorite teams on WRNX."
WRNX, located at 100.9 on the FM dial, has carried all of the men's basketball, hockey and football games for the last six years, plus coaches' shows in those three sports plus occasional men's lacrosse and women's basketball. WRNX's 6,000 watts covers the entire Pioneer Valley, extends from Pittsfield to Worcester in Massachusetts and reaches up in to Vermont and down in to Connecticut.
Under the terms of the contract, UMass will purchase airtime from WRNX and then be responsible for producing the broadcasts and selling the advertising inventory. WRNX will continue to help with all of the technical aspects, in addition to producing and trafficking all of the commercials.
In addition to all of these broadcasts airing on WRNX Radio, UMass fans from outside the area can hear them over the internet through umassathletics.com. UMass men's basketball and football can currently be heard over the air in the eastern part of Massachusetts on WATD (95.9 FM) and WCRN (830 AM).
The UMass Sports Network's broadcast crews for the coming season consist of: Maurer, Goldstein and Frenier on football; veteran announcers Donnie Moorhouse and Brock Hines on hockey; Maurer along with Tim Collins and Tim Kenney on men's basketball; and Maurer and former UMass All-American Norm Smith on men's lacrosse.
The football radio shows air on Thursday nights from the Hangar Pub & Grill at 7 p.m. The hockey, men's basketball and women's basketball shows will air when their seasons begin later this year, all coming from the Hangar. The day and times will be announced at a later date.
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