All four Fantasia stations will carry WVU football and men's basketball games, the respective coaches' shows and a daily "Mountaineer Minute" report. The affiliates will also carry other sports, including WVU Big 12 Conference baseball games on WMMN and WRLF, and women's basketball on WZST and WRLF.
Meanwhile, West Virginia Radio Corp. is continuing to pursue its lawsuit against West Virginia University and IMG College over the way the university has handled its multimedia rights arrangements over the past year.
The radio network this week asked Judge Thomas Evans to issue a preliminary injunction to keep WVU from proceeding with its 12-year deal with North Carolina-based IMG College.
Evans took over the case this week for Monongalia County Circuit Judge Phillip Gaujot after West Virginia Radio claimed he had a conflict of interest. It cited a 25-year-old neighborhood spat between the judge and an attorney for the radio network's parent company.
Citing the current lawsuit, West Virginia Radio attorney Bob Gwynne declined to comment on IMG's new deal with Fantasia Broadcasting or whether West Virginia Radio stations will carry IMG-produced WVU broadcasts in the future.
IMG spokesman Andrew Giangola said his company is still open to working with West Virginia Radio, in spite of the lawsuit.
"IMG College's Audio team had reached out to West Virginia Radio Corp., providing various clearance options in an effort to partner with their stations," Giangola said. "The door remains open."
Regardless of whether West Virginia Radio comes on board, Giangola said IMG would continue to recruit additional radio affiliates from across the state.
"There are an abundance of radio outlets across the state with big signals, a listener base passionate for Mountaineer football, and a strong desire to carry WVU sports," he said. "As we build the WVU network, we'll continue to talk to stations up and down the dial across West Virginia."
He said the company expects to make additional affiliate announcements in the coming days.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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