By Roberto Rojas
he men’s and women’s Sacred Heart University basketball teams debuted their 2016-17 basketball season against Fairfield University on Nov. 11.
Both games were broadcasted live on the radio station WSTC 1400 AM, after it was announced that the school and the radio station had come to an agreement to broadcast all the home men’s and women’s basketball games on the dials of the Stamford-based station.
Despite the games against Fairfield not being at home, they were broadcasted because the location of the games and their proximity to campus. The first home games, which took place on Nov. 14, were against Brown for the women and Nov. 15 against Hofstra University for the men.
This is the first time that the station has broadcasted sporting events from the university live on AM radio, broadcasting the games with a frequency that spans across Fairfield County in the state of Connecticut as well as Westchester County, Queens and Long Island in the state of New York.
Chris O’Connor, Sacred Heart University’s Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs, is very excited about this partnership. O’Connor believes this partnership could not come at a better time and hopes that this is the beginning of something great on a communications standpoint with the school.
“There is definitely a difference between watching games online and on the radio,” said O’Connor. “Many people tune into the radio in their car, so this is definitely an avenue that we are trying to reach in, something that we haven’t as an athletic department.”
In addition to the games, there will be a weekly show featuring coaches that will consist of a panel featuring men’s basketball coach Anthony Latina and women’s basketball coach and NEC Coach of the Year, Jessica Mannetti.
The show, which will “showcase what the university is, interiorly and exteriorly from student athletes to listeners,” said O’Connor.
Bobby Valentine, Athletic Director at Sacred Heart, is also in discussion to broadcast other Division I sports such as hockey, football, baseball and soccer amongst others after the success of the basketball broadcasts.
Students are excited as radio has not been as vital to acquire sports games due to the recent takeover of games broadcasted on TV or on the Internet. For students, it will provide an alternative opportunity to get the word out of these basketball games.
“I think this is great for the basketball program and the school overall,” said sophomore Christian Rodriguez. “To get the name out there for SHU Athletics, especially like with such a big sport like basketball, will intrigue people and gain more attention.”
The entire season, for both teams will be aired on the radio waves to fans who can tune into all 27 home games on the radio station that is known as, “Fairfield County’s Favorite Radio.”