Lake Erie Announces Broadcast Partnership with ESPN 970

(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) - Fans of Lake Erie College football will be able to catch all of the action- from the opening kickoff to the final horn- during the 2009 season on WFUN-AM ESPN 970. ESPN 970 will broadcast nine Storm games live, while sister station WREO Star 97.1 FM will carry the Sept. 26 game at Adrian College.  In addition, all 11 games will be streamed live online at www.espn970wfun.com

The agreement announced today (Aug. 24) with Media One Group, which owns and operates ESPN 970 and Star 97, will provide Northeast Ohio's only NCAA Division II program with a coverage area that reaches from eastern Cuyahoga County into Western Pennsylvania.

"Lake Erie College Athletics and Storm Football have made great strides in the past two years and this is another quality step in developing Storm presence in Northeast Ohio," Lake Erie Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann said.  "We are very excited to partner with Media One Group and look forward to a great year."

Local sports radio veteran Craig Deas and former WJET-TV sports director Scott Wludyga will handle the play-by-play duties for Storm broadcasts this season.  The play-by-play voice and Director of Community & Media Relations for the Lake County Captains minor league baseball team, Deas has broadcast sports in Northeast Ohio since 1987.  Last season he handled radio duties for Lake Erie men's and women's basketball broadcasts.

Wludyga spent a decade at WJET-TV in Erie, Pa. and continues to work as a freelance reporter and anchor for the station.  He is a four-time Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award winner and also served as a color commentator and play-by-play announcer for IMAGE Sports Network. 

Each broadcast will include pre- and post-game shows previewing and recapping all of the action, including highlights, stats and comments from coaches.

"We are excited to broadcast Lake Erie Storm football to all our listeners from Cleveland to Erie, and south to Youngstown, Ohio," said Media One Group Vice President/General Manager Dana Schulte "The opportunity to work with a growing Division II program locally just adds to our commitment to bringing the best of high school, college, and professional sports to Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania."

The 2009 season will kickoff Thursday night, Aug. 27, at Gannon University and will be streamed live on www.espn970wfun.com and taped to air on ESPN 970 at a later time.  ESPN 970's first live telecast will be the home opener Sept. 5 against Fairmont State at Jack Britt Memorial Field.  

-LEC-