Aug. 23, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University has reached a new multi-year agreement with radio stations WNTP 990 AM and WFIL 560 AM to provide broadcasts of all SJU men's basketball games, beginning with the 2007-08 season. All of the Hawks' men's basketball games will be broadcast on one of the stations, possibly along with selected SJU women's basketball contests.
As it did in 2006-07, WNTP will continue to carry the popular weekly "Hawk Talk" radio show with head coach Phil Martelli on Monday evenings beginning in January.
"We're excited to continue our partnership with WNTP and WFIL. We're also extremely grateful to the stations for increasing their commitment to Saint Joseph's to ensure that our fans catch every minute of every game. The stations have been a part of Philadelphia college basketball for many years and we're glad to be their primary basketball partner," said SJU director of athletics Don DiJulia.
"We're thrilled to continue our partnership with Saint Joseph's," adds station VP/GM Russ Whitnah. "The Hawks are among the elite of the Atlantic 10, and we're looking forward to another exciting season!"
WNTP recently announced the completion of a multi-year project to further improve the station's 50-thousand watt signal. All reporting stations have experienced improved reception with the greatest gains in Chester, eastern Berks, northern Montgomery and Bucks County areas. In addition, a new broadband antenna system was installed to further upgrade the station's sound.
For Saint Joseph's fans outside the Delaware Valley, the broadcasts of men's and women's games will continue to be available through the audio streaming feature of www.sjuhawks.com. This feature will be provided free of charge this year in association with Stretch Internet (www.stretchinternet.com).
In 2007-08, Tom McCarthy will return for his fifth year as the play-by-play voice of the Hawks, while Joe Lunardi will enter his 18th season as the color analyst for men's basketball.