Nov. 12, 2001
VILLANOVA, Pa. - There is a new radio home for the Villanova Wildcats or, more accurately, a series of them. The Villanova Basketball Radio Network includes six stations and makes its debut when the Wildcats open the regular season by hosting Grambling State University on Nov. 21.
The lineup of stations includes: WPEN (950 AM), WZZD (990 AM) and WFIL (560 AM) in Philadelphia, WNPV (1440 AM) in Lansdale, Pa., WJHR (1040 AM) in Princeton, N.J., and WCOJ (1420 AM) in West Chester. In addition, every Villanova game this season is available on the internet at www.villanova.com.
Ryan Fannon returns for his fourth season on play-by-play of Wildcat men's basketball while Whitey Rigsby is back for his 21st season as analyst on the broadcasts.
The Jay Wright Show will air Thursday nights on WPEN (950 AM) during the basketball season live from Gullifty's Restaurant on the Main Line at 8:00 p.m. The first of ten shows takes place on Dec. 6. Listeners can phone in to ask questions of the Wildcats' head coach and the show will also include interviews with current and former Wildcats. Those attending the shows will also be eligible for prize giveaways.
Also returning to the radio airwaves this winter is the Wildcat Call-In Show following selected games. Fannon and Rigsby take listener phone calls after 10 games this season, beginning on Nov. 24 (Dayton).
"We understand that many of our fans like to follow the team on the radio and we have made a great effort to construct a network that enables them to do that," said Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. "There are certain restrictions we face within our own conference in assembling a network. But I believe we have come up with a quality lineup of affiliates in the metropolitan Philadelphia area that will grow in the coming years. Plus, fans around the world can access all of our men's and women's basketball programming on the internet at www.villanova.com."
The new season gets underway with the Wildcat Pregame Show at 7:00 p.m. prior to the tipoff of the Wildcats' season opener against Grambling State on Nov. 21.