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HAWK TALK MOVES TO PREGAME SLOTS ON SPORTSNET, WPEN ADDS FOUR WOMEN'S GAMES
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (11/15/02) - Television and radio coverage of the 2002-03 Saint Joseph's University basketball seasons gets underway with the season preview edition of Phil Martelli's HawkTalk on Comcast SportsNet this Saturday, November 16 at 12 Noon. The show, named by The Sporting News as the best college basketball coaches' show in the nation for its off-beat style, will air six in-season editions this year, each immediately preceding a Hawk game telecast on CSN. That outlet will also air the Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball TV Magazine at 12:30 p.m. on two Saturdays during the season, December 28 and March 1. HawkTalk airs on December 21, January 19 and 25, February 13 and 24 as well as March 5 one-half hour before game time. Both shows are produced by the Saint Joseph's Sports Network at CCI Communications in West Chester, Pa. On radio, Saint Joseph's and WPEN-AM 950 continue in the second year of the current, three-year agreement to air all SJU men's basketball games. For the first time, the station will also air women's basketball, with four games on the WPEN slate. Since the 1998-99 season, every Hawk men's basketball game has aired on WPEN, which significantly added to its sports presence last Spring, becoming the flagship station for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball network. Every Hawk women's game, will air once again on WPWA-AM 1590, including the four to be aired on WPEN. This marks the 13th year in a row for the Hawk women on WPWA, the fourth with all games being broadcast. Saint Joseph's continues as the only Philadelphia-area team commercial radio coverage of all of its men's and women's basketball games. Television game coverage includes 15 men's games and four women's games to be carried in the Philadelphia market, with several of those also aired regionally or nationally. TV broadcasts begin with regional cable carrier CN8 showing the Hawk men versus Old Dominion on December 1. CN8 will produce and carry seven games in all, five men's and two women's. Comcast SportsNet will show ten games total, eight for men and 2 for women, with six men's and both women's also being picked up in other markets as part the Atlantic 10 Conference Television Network. Two SJU men's games, February 3 against Villanova and February 15 at Dayton will be televised nationally by ESPN2. Additional radio coverage includes 15-minute pre- and postgame shows before and after every contest for both teams as well as the hour-long Monday night HawkTalk radio call-in show, which returns to WPEN for the fifth year in a row, airing at 7:00 p.m. beginning in January. All radio broadcasts, both games and shows, can also be heard over the internet at www.sjuhawks.com and via the Teamline telephone system at 800-846-4700, ext. 4280. Ken Krsolovic begins his 13th season as the play-by-play voice of Hawks. Joe Lunardi enters his 12th year as analyst on the men's games while Renie Shields enters her 10th year in that role on the women's side. Jim Havens also returns for his fourth year as part of the women's broadcast team.