SYRACUSE and UTICA-ROME -- The New ESPN Radio 97.7 and 100.1 FM haven't even launched yet, but owner Galaxy Communications is announcing some big additions to their programming lineups: namely, coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament this spring and live coverage of New York Giants games next season.
Those of you keeping score at home may recall live play-by-play coverage of March Madness was formerly carried by Clear Channel's Sportsradio 620 WHEN.
In a statement issued today, Galaxy CEO Ed Levine said, "97.7 and 100.1 ESPN Radio will be the first sports station in Central New York that is actually managed by sports fans." The combination of the NCAA tourney in addition to the previously-announced carriage of the Big East Tournament "will be a sensational March debut for the new FM version of ESPN Radio," Levine said.
Currently, ESPN Radio is carried in Syracuse on Citadel's 1260 WNSS, where it's been since 2001. As of March 5, Galaxy takes over the affiliation, offering ESPN on the FM dial at 97.7 (W249BC/Mattydale) and 100.1 (W259AX/Oswego). The network will also be carried on WTLA 1200 and WSGO 1440. Spanish-language ESPN Deportes will be carried by WSCP 1070 (Sandy Creek).
Citadel hasn't yet said what kind of programming will be offered on WNSS after its ESPN affiliation ends, other than to say its local afternoon show, On the Block with Brent Axe, will remain in place.
Galaxy also announced today it has signed a deal for The New ESPN Radio to carry live play-by-play coverage of New York Giants football next season. Levine calls the move "a great coup for the football fan as Giants play by play was not available in the just completed 2009 season."
Revised 1/28 at 3:35pm - Thanks to a CNYRadio.com reader who pointed out we originally had one incorrect digit in the callsign for W249BC.