MEMPHIS – The 2020-21 Coach Penny Hardaway weekly radio and television shows will return to the airwaves on Monday, Dec. 7, the University of Memphis announced Tuesday.
Each of the 15 television shows, hosted by Dave Woloshin and presented by Cook’s Pest Control, will air on Local 24 on Monday evenings at 6:30. The 15 radio shows will be broadcast on WREC-AM 600at 7 p.m. on Mondays. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, the radio shows will originate without fans at the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on the campus of the University, but they can also be seen on Facebook Live. Jeff Brightwell will host Coach Hardaway’s radio shows, which are presented by Wolfchase Toyota.
“While the complications of the virus continue to impact our ability to interact with Tiger fans on many levels, we’re excited basketball season is here – and we’re working hard to still bring the excitement and personality from our radio and TV shows with Coach Hardaway to our loyal fans week to week,” said University of Memphis Director of Athletics Laird Veatch.
Dates of the broadcasts are subject to change, and additional information about the 2020-21 season will be announced in the coming days and weeks.
“In the most unique basketball season, it’s only fitting that we can once again deliver great show content directly to fans wherever they are,” said Todd Kucinski, general manager for Tiger Sports Properties, Memphis Athletics’ multimedia rightsholder and local Learfield IMG College team. “Whether they choose to watch on Local 24 or tune into WREC-AM, at home or on a mobile device, we’ve got fans covered with Coach every Monday throughout the season.”
The 2020-21 campaign marks Hardaway’s third at the helm of his alma mater. A season ago, Hardaway led the Tigers to a 21-10 record that included wins over No. 19 Tennessee and No. 22 Houston. The Tigers averaged 16,312 fans per game at FedExForum last year, which ranked ninth in the nation and was good for the second-best attendance increase from the previous season in the country. The Tigers had the No. 1-ranked attendance increase in the country in Hardaway’s first season at Memphis.