CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson Tigers fans can expect to benefit from local origination of all radio programming by WCCP-FM 105.5 The Roar and an expanded coverage in the Upstate by Entercom Greenville stations for the upcoming athletic seasons. The changes are a result of agreements with a new Clemson flagship and Greenville stations for the Clemson Tigers Network, announced today by Clemson athletics and Clemson Sports & Campus Marketing – powered by JMI Sports.
For the first time in years, the Tigers will operate with a true local flagship station, WCCP-FM 105.5 The Roar. Owned by Byrne Acquisition Group and based in Clemson, WCCP will originate Clemson’s broadcasts. A Clemson-centric, sports-talk station, WCCP has been airing Clemson sports programming since 2002.
“Our commitment to Clemson runs very deep,” said Debra Jones, general manager of The Roar. “As a result, we are very pleased to serve as the official flagship station for the Clemson Tigers Network. Our entire team is committed to producing quality programming and sharing it with the entire network.”
Greenville and Upstate fans will receive the full pregame and postgame football lineup of programming, including the Tiger Tailgate Show and the Fifth Quarter Show, through a new agreement with Entercom’s WTPT-FM 93.3 The Planet. The Planet is a 93,000-watt station based in Greenville, with a reach from Clemson to Charlotte. The Planet will also offer the games through its streaming capability so fans can listen to the games anywhere, anytime.
“We are very excited to be bringing Clemson’s pregame programming to fans in Greenville and across the Upstate through WTPT-FM The Planet, the station with the largest signal in North Carolina reaching the most fans and covering the most territory,” said Steve Sinicropi, vice president and market manager for Entercom Greenville. “The addition of more baseball and women’s basketball games to our lineup further solidifies ESPN Upstate as the source for sports games and opinions.”
In addition to football, the Clemson and Greenville markets will receive all live-game broadcasts for men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball via the Clemson Tigers Network on WCCP 105.5 The Roar and Entercom Greenville’s WORD/WYRD ESPN Upstate. In the past, baseball and women’s basketball had limited availability in Greenville. Tiger Calls coach’s call-in shows for football and men’s basketball will also be aired throughout the Upstate on Entercom stations. WCCP-FM and WTPT-FM will stream this programming as a simulcast with the live programming.
“We believe the expanded distribution of Clemson’s excellent sports programs plus the simulcast streaming of these programs by WCCP-FM The Roar and Entercom Greenville will make it easier and more convenient for Tiger fans to follow their favorite teams wherever they are at game time,” said Scott Morris, president of Clemson Sports & Campus Marketing. “We are proud to make these improvements in our first year as the multimedia rights and marketing partner for Clemson athletics. Given the market demand, hopefully we can continue to increase the amount of Clemson programming available to even more fans across the state.”
In Clemson, including most of the Greenville area, all Clemson Tigers Network programming will air on WCCP-FM 105.5 The Roar. In Greenville and the greater Upstate, Entercom will carry the football programming on 93.3 The Planet/WTPT-FM. The Clemson basketball, baseball and women’s basketball will run on ESPN Upstate 97.7 FM / 97.1 FM / 950 AM / 1330 AM, online at ESPNUpstate.com and on the ESPN Upstate app.
Clemson broadcasts will also be available by streaming at ClemsonTigers.com, on the Tune-In app and on SiriusXM satellite radio.
About JMI SportsJMI Sports is a full-service collegiate marketing firm providing the highest quality management of athletics multimedia rights and breaking new ground in the creation of Total Campus Marketing programs, maximizing the economic potential of universities. Clients include Clemson University, University of Kentucky, University of Pennsylvania and the Ivy League, as well as the University of Georgia and Columbia University in joint ventures with IMG College. JMI Sports is also a highly regarded project manager for the development of collegiate and professional sports facilities. JMI Sports was founded in 2006 by CEO Erik Judson and technology entrepreneur John Moores, former owner of the San Diego Padres.
About Clemson Sports & Campus MarketingJMI Sports is the multimedia rights and corporate sponsorship partner of Clemson University. Operating as Clemson Sports & Campus Marketing, this partnership provides Clemson with enhanced campus-wide marketing services, building upon the strategic expansion of Clemson’s athletics multimedia and corporate sponsorship programs. In the process of generating significant new revenues for the University and enhancing the Clemson experience, the partnership assists in building the Clemson brand and expanding its fanbase through the production of gameday radio broadcasts, television coaches’ show programming and other sports features for Clemson athletics broadcast via the Clemson Tigers Network.
About Clemson UniversityRanked No. 23 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.
About Byrne Acquisition Group, LLCByrne Acquisition Group, LLC (BAG) is in Columbia S.C, owns and operates five radio stations and two television properties throughout the upper Midwest and Southeast. BAG acquired WCCP in September 2013.
About Entercom Communications Corp.Entercom Communications Corp., (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the country, reaching and engaging more than 40 million people a week through its portfolio of highly-rated stations in top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, deeply committed to entertaining and informing its listeners with the best locally curated music, news, sports and talk content, driven by compelling local personalities. Entercom delivers superior ROI by connecting its customers and audiences through its leading local brands and unparalleled local marketing solutions, which include over 4,000 events each year, and its Smart Reach Digital product suite. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).
February 18, 2019