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UMass Sports Network Adds New Boston Affiliate 1060 AM WBIX

Josh Maurer interviewing football coach Kevin Morris.

Josh Maurer interviewing football coach Kevin Morris.

Oct. 9, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass Athletic Department has agreed to a deal with 1060 AM WBIX, to carry broadcasts of Minuteman football, men's basketball and hockey games in the Boston area. The partnership begins Saturday night when WBIX will air the UMass Sports Network broadcast of the football game at Delaware. The station will start hockey coverage with next Friday's game against Boston University from the Mullins Center.

WBIX and its 40,000-Watt signal will air the next four Minutemen football games (with three being joined in progress), then is scheduled to carry at least 25 men's basketball and 20 hockey contests.

"We are grateful to WBIX for helping UMass maintain a strong radio presence in Boston," said Manager of Broadcast Services Josh Maurer. "The athletic administration has made it a priority to have our network broadcasts on the air in that area, and after ESPN Radio Boston ceased operations WBIX stepped in and gave us a great radio home with a stronger signal."

AM 1060, WBIX "The Business Station" is Boston's only all-business talk radio station. Based in Framingham, the station's daytime signal reaches north into southern New Hampshire, west into Worcester and south near Providence, Rhode Island. At night, the station can still be heard clearly throughout the Boston area.

"I am a proud graduate of UMass Boston and still have many friends there. It gives me great pleasure to welcome UMass to the WBIX airwaves," Said Alex Langer, President of 1060 Communications

The UMass Sports Network now consists of flagship station WRNX (100.9 FM) in Springfield/Northampton and three affiliates: WBIX, WCRN (830 AM) in Worcester and WATD (95.9 FM) in the South Shore.

Maurer is in his second season as the play-by-play voice of UMass football and men's basketball, and is joined by former Minutemen Matt Goldstein and Rene Ingoglia as football analysts. John Hennessy is beginning his first campaign as the voice of Minutemen hockey, with veteran Brock Hines on color analysis and Adam Frenier reporting from rinkside.

 

 

UMass Sports Network Particulars

Flagship Station: WRNX (100.9 FM), Springfield/Northampton
Carries: all 11 football games, all 30 men's basketball games and all 36 hockey games, plus 15 weekly coaches shows for each sport

Affiliates:
WBIX (1060 AM), Boston
Carries: select football, most men's basketball and hockey games

WCRN (830 AM), Worcester
Carries: almost all football and men's basketball games

WATD (95.9 FM), South Shore
Carries: all football games, select men's basketball games (likely 10-15 bball games)

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