On Tuesday afternoon, Villanova Athletics and 610 WTEL Radio announced a multi-year agreement that will keep the Wildcats on the premier Philadelphia radio station for the foreseeable future.
Per a press release from the university's athletics website, the agreement commences this upcoming season during football and men's basketball. In addition, per the release, the programs "Talking Villanova Football with Adam Talley" and "Talking Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright" will continue as well.
You can read the full release, per Villanova Athletics, below:
Villanova Reaches Multi-Year Agreement with 610 WTEL Radio
Station to air all Wildcats' football and men's basketball games beginning in 2015-16
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova and IMG College, the University's multi-media rights partner, today announced an agreement with 610 Sports WTEL-AM, a Beasley Media Group radio station in Philadelphia, granting the station exclusive radio rights to Wildcats' football and men's basketball programming. This multi-year agreement begins with the 2015-16 football and men's basketball seasons.
As part of the new agreement, every Villanova regular season football and men's basketball game will air exclusively on 610 Sports WTEL-AM in the Philadelphia listening area. In addition, 610 Sports WTEL will also carry the "Talking Villanova Football with Andy Talley" and "Talking Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright" programs during the course of those respective seasons.
"We're very pleased to partner with 610 Sports WTEL on this new agreement," stated Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. "We have been eager to locate a flagship outlet that would offer our listeners access to every one of our football and basketball broadcasts. This new agreement makes this possible and we're looking forward to this new partnership."
"Creating an exclusive new radio home for Villanova Athletics is exciting news for Wildcats fans and partners," said Craig Curtis, General Manager of Villanova IMG Sports Marketing. "We appreciate the commitment that WTEL has made, and we're looking forward to working together in bringing the excitement of Villanova football and men's basketball to fans throughout the Philadelphia area."
"Villanova University and the Villanova Athletics programs are loved and cherished here in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities," added Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager Wilmington/Philadelphia Matt Smith. "We are extremely proud to be the Flagship station for the Wildcats. Nova Nation has a place on the dial to call home!"
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About Beasley Media Group, Inc.
In the Philadelphia market, Beasley Media Group, Inc. owns WTEL-AM, WWDB-AM and WTMR-AM. Beasley Media Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI), a radio broadcasting company founded in 1961 that owns and operates 53 stations (34 FM and 19 AM) located in twelve large- and mid-size markets in the United States. For more information, please visit www.bbgi.com.