Radio/TV: Men's Basketball
The partnership, which guarantees the university an annual rights fee plus additional considerations based upon revenue generated by IMG, encompasses all sales and marketing opportunities associated with ECU sports, including radio and television programming, game programs and other athletics publications, signage in all campus athletic venues, and at-event corporate promotions and hospitality functions.
"The partnership with IMG College allows ECU Athletics to join a group of elite institutions with similar goals and aspirations as well as helping to maximize the value of our marketing efforts," East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland said at the time of the announcement. "This agreement signals a new day in ECU Athletics and provides us with opportunities that we have not had before. I have the highest personal and professional respect for (IMG College President and CEO) Ben Sutton and the team he has built at IMG."
East Carolina is one of an impressive group of more than 60 NCAA member institutions, conferences, bowl games and venues that are aligned with IMG College. The IMG family of partners reaches into 34 states from the Northeast through the mid-Atlantic and across the Southeast, while extending across the Southwest and most of the West coast as well. That list includes ECU's fellow Conference USA members Marshall, Southern Miss, UAB and UTEP.
"We are thrilled to have East Carolina as part of our IMG family of schools," Sutton said. "There has always been tremendous enthusiasm and support surrounding Pirate Athletics, and with the leadership of Terry Holland and his administrative team, the future of the overall program is extremely bright. We are excited to be a part of that future."
The Broadcast Team
Jeff Charles is in his 26th year as the "Voice of the Pirates" and his 28th as a college play-by-play announcer. His previous stints included Virginia Tech, Furman, and Illinois.
The Piqua, Ohio, native also has a major market sports background, having worked at WSB-AM in Atlanta, where he served as sports director and the "Voice" of the Peach Bowl. In addition to Charles' responsibilities at ECU, he works selected college basketball telecasts for Fox Sports Net South. He was selected as the 2000 North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year.
He and his wife, Debby, reside in Greenville.
Joining Charles for his 16th season on the broadcasts is Si Seymour. The Elizabeth City native served as head basketball coach at Craven Community College in New Bern for 17 years and was four times named Region X Coach of the Year. An East Carolina graduate, Seymour now resides in New Bern with his wife, Vanita.
"The Jeff Lebo Show" with East Carolina head basketball coach Jeff Lebo and host Jeff Charles, will air weekly during the 2013-14 season.
The one-half hour program takes viewers inside ECU basketball with in-depth interviews, game highlights, and interesting features.
The Jeff Lebo Show airs throughout Eastern North Carolina each Sunday on WITN at 12 noon. The show also airs in front of a regional audience on MASN beginning at 11 p.m. on Wednesdays. It can also be seen in Greenvilleeach Thursday at 8 p.m. on Suddenlink 25 or anytime on Suddenlink Video On Demand.
East Carolina head coach Jeff Lebo will field calls with host Jeff Charles on the Pirate ISP Radio Network each Tuesday night from 7-8 p.m. beginning Jan. 7 live from Logan's Roadhouse in Greenville. The season premier of the show will be Monday, Dec. 16 and will air twice more (Dec. 23, 30) before moving to its weekly Tuesday night slot in 2014.