The University of Pittsburgh announced today that it has entered into agreements with CBS Radio and Renda Broadcasting Corporation to broadcast coverage of football and basketball games. KDKA-FM (93.7) will serve as the flagship for Pitt football and men’s basketball broadcasts. Meanwhile, the new exclusive radio home for Pitt women’s basketball will be WJAS-AM (1320).
In addition to the games, KDKA-FM will air a variety of ancillary programming focusing on the Panthers and will feature weekly shows with football coach Dave Wannstedt and basketball coach Jamie Dixon.
Athletic Director Steve Pederson said, “The University of Pittsburgh is incredibly proud to partner with KDKA, truly one of the legendary names in radio broadcasting. The launch of Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan has been a feast for sports fans throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond. With 24-hour local programming, the Panther Nation will enjoy plenty of Pitt sports news and talk throughout the year.” Pederson went on to say, “Our arrangement to have WJAS carry every women’s basketball game live is also an exciting development. Whether it’s a Pitt football Saturday or the excitement of March Madness, the Panthers are going to enjoy comprehensive and unprecedented radio coverage thanks to this new partnership.”
Pitt football and basketball games will continue to be called by Bill Hillgrove who is considered “the Voice of the Panthers”. His familar team of color analysts Bill Fralic (for football) and Dick Groat (for basketball) will also be in place. Curtis Aiken will contribute color analysis for home basketball games.
WIth WJAS providing live play-by-play broadcasts of all regular- and post-season women’s basketball games for 2010-1, it will mark the first time the women’s basketball program has received such coverage. The station will also air a regular show featuring Panthers coach Agnus Berenato.
The new relationship between Pitt and CBS Radio will feature a promotional platform to create awareness about the University through on-air, online and on-site at events.