The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

August 27, 2013

Voices named for broadcasts of WVU games

West Virginia University football fans might have to find some new stations on their radio dials, but they’ll still hear the familiar voices that have grown to be a part of Mountaineer football when the season begins this Saturday when WVU hosts William & Mary at noon.

The Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG announced Monday that former Mountaineer offensive coordinator Dwight Wallace will provide the color commentary for play-by-play voice Tony Caridi. Walace will begin his 15th season in the booth at Caridi’s side.

On the sidelines once again this season will be Jed Drenning. The former Mountaineer, who ended his playing career as a three-time All-American quarterback at Glenville State, will be in his fifth season covering WVU.

There will be some new voices surrounding the game, as well. Jeff Culhane, who recently came to Morgantown after six years with the Husker IMG Sports Network, will host pregame, halftime and postgame shows. Former Mountaineer Dale Wolfley and Amanda Mazey, the wife of WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey, will also contribute analysis during the broadcast.

Wolfley was a four-year letter winner as an offensive lineman for the Mountaineers from 1987 through 1990. He returned to WVU in 2008 as the coordinator of player development, following a three-year stint as head coach at Phoenix Community College. Since August of 2010, he’s been the coordinator of the WVU Varsity Club.

Mazey, who was a sideline reporter for MSN last year, has experience with radio and television in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Texas.

“We’re very excited about the familiar voices returning to the Mountaineer radio broadcasts, along with the addition of some new personalities,” said Chris Ferris, the vice president of broadcasting at IMG College. “The combination of our award-winning play-by-play team in the booth with reporting and analysis from former WVU star student-athletes, and talents who have covered big-time college sports in other major football markets, adds up to a formidable team bringing fans Mountaineer football.”

The Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG plans to add four hours of pregame and postgame coverage for WVU football. The network currently has 40 affiliates, and more are expected to be announced soon.

Locally, WDBS-FM and WKQV-FM in Summersville, WHAJ-FM in Bluefield, WKQR-FM in Mullens, WMTD-FM in Beckley/Hinton, WRON-FM in Ronceverte and WVBD-FM in Fayetteville will carry the Mountaineers.

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Fans wanting to hear the familiar tones of Hoppy Kercheval, Greg Hunter and Fred Persinger can still get their coverage before and after the game from West Virginia Radio. The Sports Brunch and Gold & Blue Countdown will air on West Virginia radio stations prior to each game, and The Point After will hit those airwaves following each game’s conclusion.

During each game, West Virginia Radio will air an ESPN Radio-style show with updates from Big 12 contests and other games around the country.

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