Pirate IMG Sports Network
The East Carolina Department of Athletics and IMG College, the national leader in the collegiate sports marketing industry, entered into an agreement during the spring of 2006 that provides the company with the exclusive multimedia rights to Pirate Athletics.
The partnership, which guarantees the university an annual rights fee plus additional considerations based upon revenue generated by IMG College, 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.
East Carolina is one of an impressive group of NCAA member institutions, conferences, bowl games and venues that are aligned with IMG College, the leading multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company in America. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., IMG College employs 700 people in nearly 100 offices throughout the U.S. with annual sales of nearly $450 million.
Pirate Football On The Radio
Pirate Football may be heard throughout North Carolina as well as portions of South Carolina and Virginia via the Pirate IMG Radio Network.
Jeff Charles will begin his 27th year handling the play-by-play duties on the network after previously serving in the same capacity at Virginia Tech, Illinois, and Furman prior to becoming the "Voice of the Pirates." He also served as sports director at WSB in Atlanta where he was the night-time host of a sports talk show heard throughout 38 states and Canada on the 50,000-watt clear channel station.
Former Pirate defensive standout Kevin Monroe, while in his 12th overall season on the network broadcast team, joins Charles in the booth for the eighth-straight year as lead analyst after serving a previous role as sideline reporter. The four-year letterman and All-Conference USA performer was a key member of Pirates' secondary beginning in 1996, topping the program in interceptions as a junior and senior, and currently shares a school record for the longest interception return with a 100-yarder against Louisville Nov. 14, 1998.
Rounding out the broadcast team are sideline reporter Marty Feurer and network engineer/producer David Horn. Feurer, who will begin his 22nd year on the network this fall, serves as director of development for Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. The 2014 campaign will mark Horn's ninth year with the Pirate IMG Radio Network. Horn will also serve as booth host in addition to his engineering and production responsibilities.
100,000-Watt Flagship Steers Pirate IMG Radio Network
East Carolina and IMG College, the multimedia rights-holder for Pirate sports, are in the sixth year of a partnership with 107.9 WNCT-FM which enables the 100,000-watt station to serve as the football flagship for the Pirate IMG Radio Network each fall.
WNCT-FM's powerful signal provides expanded coverage for ECU sports, extending to Raleigh (to the west), southern Virginia (to the north), northern South Carolina (to the south) and up and down the North Carolina coastline.
All ECU football games, along with the weekly Ruffin McNeill Call-In Show, will be included in the programming on WNCT-FM.