Rhode Island Athletics, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment Unveil Enhancements
All Rhody Men’s Basketball to Air Live on FM Radio for First Time
KINGSTON, R.I. -– To continue what has been an impactful, long-term partnership, University of Rhode Island Athletics and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Providence embark on another milestone of teaming up by rolling out numerous enhancements in the new term, as announced today by Learfield Sports’ Rhody Sports Properties, URI’s athletic multimedia rights holder which oversees all aspects of the Rhode Island Sports Network.
Effective this season, Clear Channel Providence’s WHJJ News Radio 920, WWBB-FM B101 and iHeartRadio will be the respective destinations for URI football and men’s basketball programming – with all Rhody men’s basketball games airing live on the FM dial – WWBB’s B101 – for the first time in school history. Additionally, all 16 of The Dan Hurley Radio Shows will air on WHJJ News Radio 920, which also carries all 10 Thursday Night Football Hour shows and Rhody regular and post-season football game coverage.
“It’s a great time to be a Rhody fan, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the arrangement solidified here with Clear Channel Providence,” said URI Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn. “We have fantastic programs to showcase and pleased that Learfield and Clear Channel will continue bringing the best in radio to our fans, and adding to what has always been an exceptional relationship.”
In addition to the scheduled programming, the respective stations will heighten their cross-promotion of Rhody Athletics on all three platforms. The outlets will also provide additional promotional leverage for two radio segments, AM Drive Time Interview with the Coach – a weekly on-air interview with Rhode Island’s Head Football and Men’s Basketball Coaches during their respective seasons – and the Rhody Report – a recap of the Rams’ last game and look ahead to the upcoming contest to air every game day. Rhode Island Athletics will also receive branding opportunities within the Providence area through use of an outdoor station billboard on Route 195.
“We’re excited to extend our long-term partnership with Rhode Island Athletics,” said Rhonda Lapham, Market Manager for Clear Channel Providence. “We know there is a passionate, loyal Rhody fan base that wants nothing more than to capture as much football and basketball action as possible, and we’re proud to be able to deliver that to them. It’s going to be another great season, and we are pleased to unveil some additional programming for the listening audience this year.”
Rhody Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages the multimedia rights for nearly 100 collegiate properties and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Learfield’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. For more, visit learfieldsports.com.