Villanova moves to WIP, starting with basketball season

Villanova has agreed to a multi-year contract to move radio broadcasts of its men's basketball and football games as well as coaches' radio shows to Philadelphia's 610 WIP.

If you have your radio presets locked on to 950AM, ESPN Radio to listen to the call on Villanova football and basketball games, you may need to adjust your dial soon. Villanova announced this afternoon that the University, along with its media partner, IMG, have reached a multi-year agreement to move radio broadcasts of all men's basketball and football content across the dial to to WIP, 610AM.

The agreement begins with the 2012-13 Men's basketball season, where the 610AM airwaves will cover all of the coming games as well as the Jay Wright radio show this winter. Football, and the Andy Talley radio show, will remain on 950AM through the end of the 2012 season, but will join the basketball program on WIP in 2013.

Talley's radio show aired last night from 7-8:00pm at JD McGillicuddy's in Wayne, PA, and it will wrap up for the season on October 30th.

The full press release follows:

VILLANOVA AGREES TO MULTI-YEAR PACT WITH 610 WIP RADIO

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova Athletics and IMG, the department’s University rights partner, today announced a multi-year agreement with 610 WIP to have the station carry its men’s basketball and football broadcasts. The agreement begins with the 2012-13 Villanova Men’s Basketball campaign, which begins on Nov. 9.

“We are pleased to partner with WIP, a recognized sports programming leader in the Delaware Valley,” stated Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. “This new agreement ensures that the Nova Nation fans in our region will continue to have the opportunity to hear every Villanova men’s basketball and football game on one of the top sport destinations on the radio dial.”

In addition to the 2012-13 Villanova Basketball slate of games, 610 WIP will also carry “Talking Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright”, beginning in December. In 2013, the station will carry all Villanova Football games along with “Talking Villanova Football with Andy Talley”.

“SportsRadio 610 WIP is thrilled to be the new home of Villanova men’s basketball and football,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President/Market Manager CBS Radio Philadelphia. “Both are premier programs in the Delaware Valley and across the country and we look forward to working with great coaches like Andy Talley and Jay Wright!”

“We are very excited to partner with WIP and the CBS Philly Radio family and look forward to working with them to deliver many hours of Villanova programming to the Wildcat fans,” added Craig Curtis, General Manager of the Villanova IMG Sports Network. “In addition we’re delighted to help our clients get their name and message out to millions of passionate fans who are potential customers throughout Philadelphia and Southeast Pennsylvania on the strength of WIP’s signal.”

“We’re so happy to welcome WIP to the Villanova Family,” stated Villanova head men’s basketball coach Jay Wright. “I have always appreciated the opportunities through the years to appear on the air with Angelo Cataldi and the crew in the morning and with Anthony Gargano in the afternoon. WIP is a big part of the sports scene in Philly and we’re excited to now be part of the team.”

IMG College is the nation’s leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company, representing more than 200 of the nation’s top collegiate properties, including the NCAA and its 89 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences, and many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C., IMG College employs more than 700 people in nearly 100 offices throughout the U.S., capturing consumer devotion to college sports through partnership opportunities in multimedia rights, licensing, events and hospitality, marketing, stadium and arena development, stadium seating solutions, ticketing, sales, and consulting. IMG College produces nearly 30,000 hours of radio programming on the largest independent sports network in the country, manages nearly 5,000 hours of local television programming, and is the leading publisher of college sports publications and the largest manager of university athletic websites. IMG College is a division of IMG Worldwide, a global sports, fashion and media business. For more information, please visitwww.imgcollege.com.

WIP is one of the first all-sports formatted stations in the nation and programming for the top-rated outlet can be heard on 94.1FM and 610 AM. The CBS RADIO properties are the leading stations of its kind in Philadelphia and serve as the flagship stations for the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies. The station’s programming is available on-air, online atwww.cbsphilly.com and via the Radio.com application for a variety of mobile devices. WIP-FM/AM is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 126 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates WPHT-AM, WOGL-FM and KYW-AM in Philadelphia.

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