The Charlotte Hornets, along with Entercom’s WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM The Fan, announced today that they have agreed to a new multi-year deal to allow the station to continue serving as the flagship station of the Charlotte Hornets.
Matt Hanlon, Vice President/General Manager of Entercom Charlotte says that WFNZ makes sense to serve as the flagship station of the Charlotte Hornets. “The Hornets are an outstanding organization in a great sports town, and it makes sense for WFNZ to be the flagship of the Hornets Radio Network, and we’re very proud to be part of the growth and success of the Charlotte Hornets.” Hanlon said.
The new partnership with the Hornets and WFNZ will include more expanded programming and features on WFNZ than ever before in the station’s history, with all preseason, regular season, and potential postseason games being broadcast on 102.5 FM/610 AM The Fan, with the game broadcast being available to fans on the Hornets mobile app. New this season, all Hornets broadcasts on WFNZ will feature a 30-minute pregame show, and a 20-minute postgame wrap up show. After the network post-game show, WFNZ will feature a 30-minute post-game call in show hosted by the station’s on-air personalities.
“We are excited to have WFNZ serve once again as the radio home of the Charlotte Hornets, and in addition to the games, our fans will benefit from the increased hours of Hornets programming.” said Fred Whitfield, President/COO of Hornets Sports and Entertainment. “We look forward to working with all of the talented people at WFNZ for years to come.”
Along with the game coverage, WFNZ will have a hour-long Hornets program to its lineup Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m., and daily Hornets features will be featured during the season on WFNZ, and it’s sister station, News 1110/99.3 WBT, which coincidentally enough, was the original flagship radio home of the Hornets from 1988-2002. The additional marketing elements of the partnership will include the station broadcasting live from Spectrum Center on home game days, as well as LED ribbon board exposure, and the game broadcasts being available inside the arena on game nights.
Steve Martin, who has been the voice of Charlotte NBA basketball on radio and television since the franchise’s arrival in 1988, will return as the radio play-by-play voice of the Hornets, calling all the team’s home and away games. Former NBA player Matt Carroll will work alongside Steve as an analyst on all Hornets home games at the Spectrum Center, while Chris Kroeger, host of “Primetime” on WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM, will also return to the Hornets Radio Network as the sideline reporter for all home games.