WICHITA, Kan. – In partnership with Cox and KWCH, Wichita State will televise 24 athletics events on Kansas Now 22 and KWCH during the 2008-09 school year, including 12 men’s basketball games, seven baseball games, three women’s basketball games and two volleyball matches, Director of Athletics Eric Sexton announced today.
"Our partnership with Cox and KWCH is extremely important to the athletics department and the University,” Sexton said. “We are thankful to them for the highest level of television coverage we have ever had. The exposure these two organizations help us deliver is second-to-none, and a tool to help Shocker fans view Shocker teams. This television package also provides Kansans a window to Shocker Athletics, the University and the Wichita community.”
Two Wichita State men’s basketball games will be televised on KWCH TV Channel 12 in Wichita, while 10 will be televised on Kansas Now 22 on Cox Cable.
Highlighted in the package are non-conference men’s basketball games at Texas Tech Dec. 3, and home against UMKC Nov. 19. Six Valley road games, and three home games, will also be telecast. Also, should the Valley Network not choose WSU’s game at Southern Illinois Feb. 28 as a part of the wildcard weekend, Kansas Now 22 will pick up that game, and the ESPNU Bracketbuster series game times and networks will be announced Feb. 2. The quarterfinal games of the MVC Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., are also televised by FSN.
Additionally, WSU’s games in the Old Spice Classic Nov. 27-30 will be televised on ESPN’s family of networks, while WSU’s game at Drake Jan. 11 will be on ESPNU. Two home games will be on Fox Sports Kansas City as a part of the MVC’s television package, while the game at TCU will be a part of the The Mountain West TV package on Direct TV-616.
Kansas Now 22 will also carry two WSU volleyball matches Oct. 17 against Northern Iowa in Charles Koch Arena, and Nov. 21 at Missouri State, while the women’s basketball games Nov. 23 against Iona, Dec. 17 against Kent State and Jan. 29 at Southern Illinois will be televised.
In addition, seven yet to be determined Shocker baseball games will be televised on Kansas Now 22.
Bruce Haertl returns as play-by-play announcer for men’s basketball telecasts on KWCH and Kansas Now 22, with former Shocker player Craig Steven, Jr., serving as color analyst, while Haertl and Kansas native Jackie Stiles will call the women’s basketball games. Haertl and Shane Dennis will call the baseball games.
Radio and TV veteran Mike Kennedy will call the volleyball action, while former Shocker Cori Meyer will serve as analyst.
--Wichita State --