If you were planning to listen to the University at Albany football team’s season-opening game against Colgate tonight at 6 on WOFX-AM (980), you will have FOX Sports Radio programming instead.
After a 12-year run on WOFX, the Great Danes have left. The school is moving the football and men’s basketball games to its college radio station, WCDB-FM (90.9).
It seems like a strange move, but there is more to it than that. The school will be streaming the games on its website.
“Long story short, the America East [basketball conference] is going toward an HD [high definition] streaming network, where a lot of the college sports are going,” said Charlie Voelker, associate athletic director of external affairs. “A lot of [schools] don’t pay to be on the radio. Traditionally, we’ve paid to be on the radio.”
UAlbany doesn’t want to do that anymore.
“We’re looking to utilize our resources to meet our needs going forward with streaming and the website,” Voelker said. “Stony Brook’s model is pretty good. They use their college radio station as, basically, a format for streaming. They stream games on audio, and they stream their games [with a] video/audio mix. We had to decide what we’re going to do and how we were going about it. We decided, for right now, that’s the direction we’re going to go. We’re focusing on improving our website. We’re focusing on improving our video and audio streaming, and focusing on where the industry is going.”
Voelker added that all of the Danes’ sports will have video streams. It will be interesting to see how it works out.
John Cooper, regional programming manager for Clear Channel of Albany, WOFX’s parent company, would not comment on the matter.
Even though the Danes won’t be on WOFX, Cooper did say there are no plans to move the Syracuse football broadcasts to the station. The Orange’s games are carried by another Clear Channel of Albany
station, WGY-AM (810) and WGY-FM (103.1). Cooper added that WOFX will air national college football games during the season.
Union College football is back on WABY-AM (1160) and Teamline.cc for another season. The Dutchmen host Salve Regina today at 1 p.m.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s football season starts next Saturday. The Engineers’ games are on WRPI-FM (91.5) and www.-wrpi.org.
New show on TWCS
Time Warner Cable Sports announced Friday that a new show, “New York State High School Football Weekly,” will premiere Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The one-hour show will run every Tuesday through the season.
“ ‘New York State High School Football Weekly’ will give high school football fans across the state one place to catch all the highlights and get a complete inside look of high school football from all over our state,” Steve Arvan, TWCS senior director of local sports programming said in a statement. “We are excited to bring such a comprehensive program to Time Warner Cable customers in New York.”
MLB, ESPN have new deal
Major League Baseball and ESPN agreed to a new eight-year contract on Tuesday.
The deal, which begins in 2014, gives ESPN the right to televise up to 90 regular-season games. It will also televise the opening night game, and it returns to televising games on the holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day).
More importantly, ESPN will get to televise one of the one-game, wild-card contests. It will alternate between the American and National leagues each year. Also, ESPN will have the rights to all potential regular season tiebreaker games. TBS currently has those rights.
ESPN will continue to telecast three Major League Baseball windows each week including Monday nights, Wednesday nights, and the “Sunday Night Baseball” franchise.
Next up will be the rights for the over-the-air package that FOX has right now, and the Sunday afternoon package on TBS. NBC Sports could be putting in a bid for one, or both, packages.
Here are the upcoming games in the NFL and college football that will be on TV and the Internet. Most of the ESPN and ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s Internet outlet.
Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play announcer, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses:
NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — Notre Dame vs. Navy, 9 a.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson and David Feherty).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Ohio at Penn State, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Tom Rinaldi and Mark Schwartz); Bowling Green at Florida, 3:30 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Jessica Mendoza); Clemson vs. Auburn, 7 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe); Arkansas State at Oregon, 10:30 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Shelley Smith).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Northwestern at Syracuse, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Jenn Brown); Southern Mississippi at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards).
MSG and MSG HD — Buffalo at Georgia, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Appalachian State at East Carolina, noon (Ron Thulin/Shaun King/Desmond Purnell); Tulsa at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. (Mark Followill/Gary Reasons); Oklahoma at Texas-El Paso, 10:30 p.m. (Mike Morgan/JC Pearson/Laura McKeeman).
FX and FX HD — Marshall at West Virginia, noon (Justin Kutcher/Eric Crouch/Darius Walker); Colorado vs. Colorado State, 4 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis).
ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Western Michigan at Illinois, noon (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Iowa vs. Northern Illinois,
3:30 p.m. (Tom Hart/John Congemi); North Texas at LSU, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Allison Williams); Toledo at Arizona, 10:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Mike Bellotti).
Big Ten Network and BTN HD — Miami (Ohio) at Ohio State, noon (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/Lisa Byington); Northern Iowa at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (Kevin Kugler/Chris Martin/Jay Wilson); Indiana State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Wayne Larrivee/Jon Jansen/Antwaan Randle El).
FOX College Sports — Troy at Alabama-Birmingham, noon (Mike Gleason/Ben Leber/Lesley McCaslin); Savannah State at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (Kevin Eschenfelder/ND Kalu/Erin Bajackson).
MY4 (WNYA) and MY4 HD — Elon at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Mike Hogewood).
ESPN3 — Texas San Antonio at South Alabama, 2 p.m. (Jonathon Yardley/Cole Cubilic); William & Mary at Maryland, 3 p.m. (John Sadak/Cory Chavous/Beth McDade); Richmond at Virginia, 3 p.m. (Paul Kennedy/Keith Jones/Jenn Hildreth); Youngstown State at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/ Ralph Freidgen/Rotina McCann); Murray State at Florida State, 6 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/Rene Ingoglia); Liberty at Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m. (Ryan Rose/Stan Lewter); Florida International at Duke, 7 p.m. (Darren Goldwater/John Gregory/Angela Mallen); Tennessee-Chattanooga at South Florida,
7 p.m. (Dave Weekley/Warrick Dunn/Tiffany Greene); Austin Peay at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Doug Graber); Jackson State at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (Bob Rathbun/Tim Couch/Elizabeth Moreau); Central Arkansas at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (Richard Cross/Brett Norsworthy); Jacksonville State at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (Scott Inman/Jimmy Dykes/Michael Smith); Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri, 7 p.m. (Dave Armstrong/Corby Jones/Todd Donoho).
Pac-12 and Pac-12 HD — Nevada at California, 3 p.m. (Dave Flemming/Coy Wire/Brooke Olzendam); San Diego State at Washington, 10:30 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Adam Archuleta/Yogi Roth).
ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — Miami at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Danny Kanell/Maria Taylor); Michigan vs. Alabama, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).
Time Warner Cable Sports-3 and TWCS-3 HD — St. Lawrence at Utica, 7 p.m. (Kevin Brown/Dale Drypolcher/Danny Liedka).
FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — Hawaii at Southern California, 7:30 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria).
CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Rutgers at Tulane, 8 p.m. (Brad Johansen/Doug Chapman/Tammy Blackburn).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Bethune-Cookman vs. Alabama State, noon (Dave Lamont/Jay Walker/Paul Carcaterra); Kentucky at Louisville, 3:30 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — SMU at Baylor, 6:30 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Brian Baldinger/Jim Knox).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Steele).
CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Bowie State at Benedict, 8 p.m.
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Utah at Utah State, 8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill).
Today is day 3,224 in the dispute between NFL Network and Time Warner Cable.