Panthers On The Move To WISN
April 12, 2007
MILWAUKEE - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball games will now be heard on NewsTalk 1130 WISN, thanks to an agreement announced today by UWM Athletics and Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc.
UWM Athletics and Clear Channel actually signed a five-year agreement prior to the start of last basketball season, with games airing on WOKY for the fourth-straight season. But, the agreement set in motion a plan to move the games to WISN in time for the 2007-08 campaign.
WISN will also now be the home for the weekly "Rob Jeter on Basketball" show as well as other special Panther features, with the move greatly enhancing the visibility and reach of all UWM men's basketball radio programming. The continuing agreement also provides for an extensive promotional profile for UWM Athletics, including recorded promotional announcements on WISN, WOKY and Clear Channel's group of FM radio stations.
"This is certainly another step forward for our athletic department and our basketball program," UWM Athletic Director Bud Haidet said. "We continuously strive to use all available resources in marketing our product to new audiences and in making more people aware of Panther basketball. There is little question the presence of our games on WISN will serve our fans well, while also providing us with a large group of potential Panther fans and customers. We're very pleased with what we think is a major leap forward for Panther athletics."
News/Talk 1130 WISN boasts a 50,000-watt signal during the day and a 10,000-watt signal at night. Plus, WISN was sixth of 28 rated stations during the last ratings sample of the Milwaukee market and features well-known national hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. The station also features extensive local talk programming, including "Early Spin" (5:30-8:30 am), Jay Weber (8:30 am-noon) and Mark Belling (3-6 pm). UWM head coach Rob Jeter appeared on "Early Spin" this morning in making the official announcement.
"We couldn't be happier to add the UWM Panthers to the `ISN family," WISN Program Director Jerry Bott said. "The Panthers have become such an important piece of the local sports landscape and we certainly believe they are a great addition to our lineup of programming on WISN. We look forward to continuing the great relationship between Clear Channel and UWM Athletics."
Bill Johnson, the radio voice of the Panthers since the 1999-2000 season, is expected to return to the broadcasts for a ninth season.
UWM will return an experienced team in 2007-08 while adding seven highly-touted newcomers to the mix. In all, 10 of UWM's top 11 scorers from a year ago are eligible to return, while transfers Torre Johnson (Oklahoma State), Deion James (Tulsa) and Joe Allen (St. Mary's, Tex.) will all be eligible to play for UWM next season. The Panthers will also add recruits Tim Flowers (Chicago Simeon), Kevin Johnson (Chicago Simeon), Deonte Roberts (Notre Dame Prep) and Anthony Hill (Milwaukee), all of whom signed national letters of intent in November.