Sacred Heart University and WSTC 1400 AM in Stamford, Conn. announced a partnership to air Pioneer men's and women's basketball games and a weekly coaches show, beginning Friday, November 11.
"We are excited to partner with WSTC to bring SHU athletics back to the radio dial," said Chris O'Connor, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs. "WSTC provides us an opportunity to bring our games, our student-athletes and our brand to a broad audience.
"I can't think of a better way to round out our programming than with the addition of Sacred Heart Athletics, starting with Pioneer Men's and Women's Basketball games," said Marty Sheehan, station manager for WSTC. "Our goal is to reestablish 1400 WSTC as THE local radio station. We want to serve both our listeners and advertisers as the leader for all your news, traffic, weather, entertainment and sports. Sacred Heart University has the commitment to be competitive on the hardwood as well as in the classroom. We pledge to give voice to that commitment, taking the message to all of Fairfield County, and well into Westchester County, Queens and Long Island."
The partnership includes broadcasts of all home men's and women's basketball game, with pre and post game shows. Game action will be called Mike McGinnis and is currently the voice for Pace Athletics.
The Coaches Show will air during the Bruce Hall Second Opinion sports talk show, which airs from 11am-1pm. Each week fans can tune in and hear about the Pioneer Athletic programs and upcoming games.
The 27-game slate begins on Monday, November 14 when the SHU women's basketball team hosts Brown at 7 p.m. as the Pioneers unveil their 2016 NEC Championship and WNIT Banners at the Pitt Center. The men's debut comes the next night as SHU hosts Hofstra at 7 p.m.
In addition to the broadcasts, WSTC will be providing SHU students with the ability to participate in the broadcasts in a variety of roles, both on and off air. SHU will also have a presence at 1400 WSTC appearances and festivities throughout the year.
For decades AM 1400 WSTC was the radio lifeline to Stamford and the surrounding Fairfield County. Now it is back - locally owned and operated with a laser sharp focus of bringing the medium BACK to the community. Utilizing the building blocks of local news, weather, community events and especially a strong slate of sports programming, with partners like SHU, AM 1400 WSTC is living up to it's brand of being "Fairfield County's Favorite Radio".
SHU is a member of the Northeast Conference and sponsors 32 Division I sports. The Pioneers have won a record six Brenda Weare Commissioner Cups, nine Joan Martin Women's Commissioners Cups and back-to-back NEC Institutional Academic Awards. SHU student-athletes recorded nearly 9,000 hours of community service in 2015-16, earning the league's Building Communities award for the fifth time in six years.