WTIC, UConn-IMG Sports Network Annouce New Multi-Year Deal

WTIC New Talk 1080 and the UConn-IMG Sports Network announced a new multi-year agreement today to broadcast UConn football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball games. The rights also include all pregame and postgame programming.

WTIC News Talk 1080 has been the flagship radio station of UConn athletics for the past 20 seasons and is the only 50,000-watt AM station in Connecticut. The 2012-13 year marks the first time that the UConn radio rights are held by IMG College, which is the Huskies’ multi-media rights partner.

“WTIC News Talk 1080 is proud to continue our longstanding relationship with the University of Connecticut, along with our new partner UConn IMG Sports Marketing,’’ WTIC-News Talk 1080 Senior Vice President and Market Manager Suzanne McDonald said. “We look forward to the continued tradition of serving the 2.5 million listeners who tune in to our broadcasts of the UConn football and men’s and women’s basketball games.’’

Said Tom Murphy, the General Manager of UConn IMG Sports Marketing: “We’re excited to team with WTIC to bring every game to UConn fans across the state of Connecticut. Our partnership with WTIC will guarantee fans an unmatched connection to the Huskies for the next several years.’’

The veteran broadcast team of Joe D’Ambrosio, who will handle play-by-play for the 21st straight year, and color commentator Wayne Norman, who has been UConn’s radio analyst for football and basketball since 1981, will continue to call UConn football and men’s basketball games.

In football, Kevin Nathan will report from the sidelines and Bob Joyce will serve as the pre and post game host. Joyce will also serve as the play-by-play announcer for women’s basketball.

“It’s a great partnership and WTIC and IMG Sports have come to an agreement to keep us all together,’’ UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel said during his appearance on WTIC-AM 1080 this morning with Ray Dunaway. “We are excited about it and are looking forward to continuing the relationship. It’s been long and strong and many of our listeners have been raised listening to your voice, Ray, and to others and raised on UConn sports through WTIC and we look forward to continuing the relationship. WTIC will continue to cover UConn doing things the right way and we look forward it.’’

A source said that because IMG owns the rights to the broadcasts, WTIC will be unable to stream the games live on its website. Fans can access the games via Huskies All-Access at www.UConnHuskies.com for fees of $14.95 a month or $119.95 a year (about $1 per event).

The games will also now be available on SiriusXM satellite radio.