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Pitt Athletics Announces New Radio Broadcast Partners




July 16, 2010

PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh today announced it has entered into agreements with CBS RADIO Pittsburgh and Renda Broadcasting Corporation to broadcast radio coverage of football and men's basketball games, and women's basketball games, respectively.

Beginning this season, the 50,000-watt KDKA-FM Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan, the only station in Pittsburgh to feature 24/7 local sports programming, will serve as the flagship for Pitt football and men's basketball radio broadcasts. Additionally, the new exclusive radio home for Pitt women's basketball will be 1320 WJAS-AM.

In addition to game broadcasts, Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan will air a wide array of ancillary programming focusing on the Panthers, including weekly shows featuring football coach Dave Wannstedt and basketball coach Jamie Dixon.

"The University of Pittsburgh is incredibly proud to partner with KDKA, truly one of the legendary names in radio broadcasting," Athletic Director Steve Pederson said. "The launch of Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan has been a feast for sports fans throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond. With 24-hour local programming, the Panther Nation will enjoy plenty of Pitt sports news and talk throughout the year.

"Our arrangement to have WJAS carry every women's basketball game live is also an exciting development," Pederson continued. "Whether it's a Pitt football Saturday or the excitement of March Madness, the Panthers are going to enjoy comprehensive and unprecedented radio coverage thanks to this new partnership."

"We are extremely excited about our new partnership with the University of Pittsburgh," said Michael Young, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS RADIO Pittsburgh. "The university and its athletic programs are a vitally important part of this region, and we look forward to proudly promoting Pitt sports and the many wonderful aspects related to the overall university."

Pitt football and basketball action will be called by Bill Hillgrove, the longtime and legendary "Voice of the Panthers." Hillgrove will continue to team with his familiar Pitt color analyst partners, Bill Fralic for football and Dick Groat for basketball. In addition, Curtis Aiken will again contribute as a color analyst for home basketball games.

In a related announcement, the Pitt-CBS RADIO Pittsburgh partnership will feature a promotional platform that will create awareness for the various assets of the University of Pittsburgh, which will be heard on-air, viewed online and experienced on-site at events. CBS RADIO's Pittsburgh stations include KDKA-FM Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan, NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA, WZPT-FM STAR 100.7, and WDSY-FM Y-108.

One of Pittsburgh's most historic radio stations, WJAS will provide live play-by-play action of each regular-season and postseason game for the Panthers in 2010-11, marking the first time the Pitt women's basketball program has enjoyed such coverage. WJAS will also be the home of a regular show featuring Panthers coach Agnus Berenato, who has led Pitt to five consecutive postseason tournaments.

The radio announcement adds to what is already a highly anticipated year for athletics at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Pitt football team is a fixture in the preseason Top 25 rankings after winning 10 games last year, including a 19-17 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Panthers begin the 2010 season with one of the most exciting openers in college football when they play at perennially strong Utah on Thursday, Sept. 2.

The men's basketball team, coming off its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, is already receiving praise as a Top 10 team for this season. Pitt returns four starters, 86% of its scoring and 91% of its rebounding from last year's 25-win team. It was recently announced that Coach Dixon and the Panthers will travel overseas to Ireland for a six-game, 12-day foreign competition trip in late July.

About CBS RADIO Pittsburgh CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, owns and operates Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM), WZPT (100.7-FM), KDKA-AM (1020-AM) and WDSY-FM (107.9-FM) in Pittsburgh. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation's top 50 markets.

About Renda Broadcasting Corporation Renda Broadcasting owns and operates 25 radio stations in eight markets. In six of those markets, RBC operates three or more stations. Every day, Renda Broadcasting delivers entertainment and information to over 1.7 million listeners. Tune in and you'll find music, news, comedy, commentary, debate, and inspiration.