FAYETTEVILLE – The Razorback Baseball Network from ISP Sports, one of the largest collegiate baseball radio networks in the country, begins coverage of the 2009 Arkansas Baseball season on Friday when the Razorbacks open a three-game series with Washington State.
A forecast for inclement weather on Saturday has moved Friday’s season opening first pitch to 1:05 p.m. for a doubleheader with the Pac-10 school. Air time is 12:35 p.m.
The network, now in its first year under the direction of Razorback Sports Properties and ISP, which produces college sports networks for more than 40 of America’s leading universities, will feature longtime flagship station KFAY-AM (1030) in Fayetteville as well as more than 20 statewide affiliates. That list includes the network’s newest affiliate, KABZ-FM (103.7) in Little Rock, which is already part of the Arkansas network during football and basketball seasons.
KABZ, which boasts a powerful 100,000 watt signal, will carry its first baseball contest on February 28th and be with the Razorbacks throughout most of the remaining schedule, including all SEC games.
“We are excited about our solid affiliate base and our new partnership with ‘The Buzz’ (KABZ-FM),” Ryan Gribble, ISP Assistant Vice President and General Manager of Razorback Sports Properties, says. “We are aware of the loyal following of Razorback Baseball’s extensive audience throughout the entire state and finding a powerful home in Little Rock was important to us.
“We are also proud to be continuing our long-standing tradition of broadcasting Razorback Baseball in Northwest Arkansas with our flagship, KFAY.”
KFAY is in its 18th season covering the Razorbacks.
Veteran play-by-play man Chuck Barrett returns to the network again this season, while Rick Schaeffer is also back as color analyst.
The Razorbacks, ranked preseason No. 22 by Baseball America, have one of the nation’s most attractive and demanding schedules in 2009. In addition to 30 games against SEC opponents, Coach Dave Van Horn’s club will play nationally regarded teams such as Arizona State, Kansas and Nebraska. The home schedule includes 37 dates and features four nationally ranked visitors.
Attached is the complete list of network affiliates. Stations may carry a partial schedule due to previous commitments. In addition, the bulk of the 2009 Razorback Baseball schedule will be carried live on “RazorVision,” the premium content subscription service available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
KFAY-AM (Fayetteville – flagship)KXIO-FM (Clarksville)KASR-FM (Conway)KAGH-FM (Crossett)KELD-AM (El Dorado)KKEG-FM (Fayetteville/Farmington)KHGG-AM & FM (Ft. Smith)KFFA-AM & FM (Helena)KXAR-AM (Hope)KABZ-FM (Little Rock)KTTG-FM (Mena)KOMT-FM (Mountain Home)KURM-AM (Rogers)KURM-FM (Rogers/SW City, Mo.)KARV-AM (Russellville)KARV-AM & FM (Russellville/Ola)KYNG-AM (Springdale)KWAK-AM (Stuttgart)KWYN-AM (Wynne)