Pirate IMG Sports Network
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.
"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."
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.
The IMG College family of partners includes ECU's fellow Conference USA members Houston, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB, UCF and UTEP.
Pirate Football On The Radio
Jeff Charles will begin his 25th 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 10th overall season on the network broadcast team, joins Charles in the booth for the sixth-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 still stands as the school`s record-holder 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 20th year on the network this fall, serves as public affairs director for Time Warner Cable's Wilmington division. The 2012 campaign will mark Horn's seventh year with the Pirate IMG Radio Network. Horn, who currently works as a weekday morning news anchor for the North Carolina News Network, will also serve as booth host in addition to his engineering and production responsibilities.
100,000-Watt Flagship Steers Pirate IMG Radio Network
WNCT-FM's powerful signal provides expanded coverage for ECU sports, extending to Raleigh (to the west), southern Virginia (to the north) 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.
(as of Sept. 1, 2012)
Charlotte - WBCN (1660 AM)
Elizabeth City, N.C. - WGAI (560 AM)
Fayetteville - WFBX (1450 AM)
Greensboro - WPET (950 AM)
Greenville - WNCT (107.9 FM)
Hamlet - WKDX (1250 AM)
Myrtle Beach, S.C. - WHSC (1050 AM)
Nags Head - WZPR (92.3 FM)
Raleigh - WPTK (850 AM)
Sanford - WFJA (105.5 FM)
Williamston - WIAM (900 AM)
Wilmington - WAAV (980 AM)
bold denotes stations carrying the Ruffin McNeill Call-In Show