Philadelphia 76ers Ink Deal To Move To 97.5 The Fanatic And 950 ESPN Radio
April 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM (PT)
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS NBA basketball is changing flagship radio stations, moving from CBS RADIO Sports WIP-A-F/PHILADELPHIA to crosstown GREATER MEDIA Sports WPEN-A-F (97.5 THE FANATIC AND 950 ESPN RADIO) in a multi-year deal effective immediately with the playoffs. Play-by-play voice TOM MCGINNIS will continue to call the action, with all games broadcast on the FM side and a "significant number" airing on AM as well. Next season's broadcasts will add a 10-minute pre-game show and 30-minute post-game show.
SIXERS CEO ADAM M. ARON said, "The 76ers are simply thrilled to immediately begin airing our games on 97.5 THE FANATIC and 950 ESPN RADIO. We are so impressed by the quality of programming we hear on 97.5 and 950, and know that our 76ERS game broadcasts will dovetail perfectly with GREATER MEDIA's commitment to quality sports programming. What's more, for the first time ever, all 76ERS games all season long will be found on a single station on the preferred FM band and many will be simulcast on AM as well. The SIXERS' rapidly growing fan base will no longer have to set their radios to 'scan' to find where their SIXERS will be aired. We appreciate the support of our previous primary radio station broadcaster over the years, but know that this move to THE FANATIC and ESPN RADIO is the right move for SIXERS fans."
GREATER MEDIA PHILADELPHIA VP/Market Manager JOHN FULLAM added, "We are delighted that PHILADELPHIA 76ERS fans will find themselves tuning to 97.5 THE FANATIC and 950 ESPN RADIO to catch all the excitement of SIXERS games. It is clear that there has been an enormous resurgence of interest in the 76ERS in PHILADELPHIA and throughout the DELAWARE VALLEY this season. We know the future of the SIXERS is bright, and we look forward to being a central part of the fan experience on SIXERS game nights. Adding NBA play-by-play to 97.5 THE FANATIC and 950 ESPN RADIO is yet another significant step forward in fulfilling our commitment to offer Philadelphians the finest in sports programming. We are especially gratified that we will not have to wait until next fall for SIXERS games to start broadcasting on our air."