Aug. 1, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - More stations and more access to content highlight additions to the Ohio IMG Sports Network for 2013. The network boasts more stations than any other MAC school and stretches into three states.
Eighteen stations comprise the network with 14 carrying football games, 13 airing men's basketball games, 8 will take the Frank Solich and Jim Christian Shows and 12 will air Bobcat Sports Today.
Growth by numbers and coverage area has been a yearly occurrence. This year, WCJO-FM in Jackson, WYPC-AM in Wellston and WMOV-AM in Ravenswood/Ripley, WV join the network. This is year three for the partnership with WOUB. Their stations in Cambridge, Chillicothe, Ironton and Zanesville will carry football and basketball. WXTQ-FM in Athens once again anchors the network as the flagship station, and WYTS-AM in Columbus will begin airing ancillary programming in addition to games for the first time.
The growth of the radio network is a point of emphasis for network manager and Ohio alum, Tony Castricone, who has been instrumental in bolstering the Bobcats radio presence.
"Ohio's athletic success, its passionate alumni base, and the increasing popularity of the Bobcat brand have helped the Ohio IMG Sports Network grow to new heights," Castricone said. "You can commute from Ripley to Columbus or from Wheeling to Portsmouth and hear Russ and Rob's call the entire way. It's a credit to everyone involved with Ohio athletics and to loyal Bobcats everywhere that we're trending in a positive direction."
Russ Eisenstein returns for his sixth season as the "Voice of the Bobcats." Rob Cornelius has been on the network for more than 15 years. Their brand of broadcasting has proven to be a winning combination.
"It's our goal to have the best radio broadcast presentation in the MAC and one of the best in the country," Eisenstein said. "For those fans that can't be there, we want to bring the game experience to them. For those fans listening while in attendance, we want them to go even further inside the game with our radio call. We want to inform and entertain, and we're thrilled that so many fans have trusted us to paint the picture."
Network programming debuts during the first week of the football season. Bobcat Sports Today begins on Monday, August 26th, the same day as the first Frank Solich Show of the year live at Donatos on State Street. The Season Kickoff Special will air live from Louisville from 5-6pm on Saturday, August 31st, and gameday coverage of Ohio at Louisville begins at 2:30pm on Sunday, Sept. 1st.
Each football broadcast starts one hour prior to kickoff; all content is available online on OhioBobcats.com.