SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State Athletics, Learfield Sports’ Texas State Sports Properties, and iHeartMedia Austin announced that AM 1300 The Zone, Austin’s Sports Talk, will serve as the flagship station and broadcast all Texas State football and men’s basketball games during each of the next two seasons.
“This gets two recognizable names together to sell Texas State University,” said Texas State Athletics Director Larry Teis. “Having Texas State in the Austin market on a recognized sports talk station is great not only for the Athletics Department, but for the University as well. This is an example of the types of a win-win partnerships that we hoped to create when we moved to the FBS.”
AM 1300 The Zone will carry the entire broadcasts for each of Texas State’s football and basketball games, which includes a pregame and postgame show. The Zone will also air Texas State’s football Coaches Radio Show featuring head coach Dennis Franchione and carry the Texas State “Bobcat Minute” updates Monday-Friday.
iHeartMedia Austin Senior Vice President of Programming Patrick Davis commented, “We couldn’t be happier about teaming up with Texas State. With a football team that was bowl eligible last season and an up and coming basketball program, the future is very bright for the Bobcats and we’re excited to go on the ride with them.”
The Bobcats open the 2015 football season at Florida State on Sept. 5 before returning home to play Prairie View A&M on Sept. 12 and Southern Miss on Sept. 19 at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats also travel to Houston on Sept. 26 before beginning Sun Belt Conference play at UL Lafayette on Oct. 10. Texas State also plays host to South Alabama on Oct. 24 and travels to Georgia Southern on Oct. 29. The Bobcats play three straight home games against New Mexico State on Nov. 7, Georgia State on Nov. 14 and UL Monroe on Nov. 19. Texas State closes out the regular season at Idaho on Nov. 28 and Arkansas State on Dec. 5.
The men’s basketball team opens its 2015-16 season with a home game against UT-Tyler on Nov. 16 and plays games against teams from the Pac 12, Conference USA, and Southland Conference before playing 20 Sun Belt Conference games. The Bobcats begin the conference slate with a pair of home games against Georgia Southern on Dec. 30 and Georgia State on Jan. 2.
AM 1300 The Zone is a leading media outlet in the Austin market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio — with its more than 600 million downloads, more than 75 million social media followers and 87 million digital uniques across the Network.
Texas State Sports Properties oversees all aspects related to Texas State Athletics’ rights, as well as the Texas State Bobcat Sports Network. Texas State Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages the multimedia rights for more than 100 collegiate properties and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with award co-founders NACDA and USA Today. 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 about the company, its 40-year history and comprehensive portfolio, visit learfieldsports.com.
About iHeartMedia Austin:
iHeartMedia Austin owns and operates KHFI FM, KASE FM, KVET FM, KVET AM, KPEZ, and is part of iHeartMedia. With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 87 million monthly digital uniques, over 75 million social followers and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 600 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 70 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. For more company information visit iHeartMedia.com.