IMG College, the multimedia rights partner of West Virginia University, and AudioNow, the world’s leading call-to-listen platform, announced today that West Virginia basketball fans can connect to live games this season through a simple mobile telephone call. Fans can now access live college basketball broadcasts – from anywhere in the U.S. –and synchronize the local radio call to the telecast through AudioMatch ™.
This weekend, and for the rest of this season, West Virginia fans can dial (712) 432-6998
from any phone to listen to live basketball broadcasts, as well as continued football broadcasts ,on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG. The basketball service officially launches Sunday, November 17 when the WVU MOUNTAINEERS host the DUQUESNE DUKES. Pre-game time for the tip off on the West Virginia IMG Sports Network will be at 3:30 pm. For Saturday’s WVU football game vs. Kansas, pre-game starts at 8:30 a.m.
Through a new proprietary application from AudioNow, called AudioMatch ™, fans can match and synchronize the radio broadcast with the telecast to listen to their favorite radio voice while watching the action on TV. By using two telephone keypad buttons, fans can adjust the timing of the radio call to match what they see on TV.
IMG College, which is partnered with two-thirds of the BCS universities and operates the country’s largest independent sports radio network serving 2,200 affiliates, will also bring basketball games through AudioNow to the University of Nebraska, and the University of Florida, potentially followed by other schools.
“As with college football, basketball fans who live outside the market of their favorite team, often miss hearing the color of the local radio broadcast,” said Alexandra Moe, Director of Partnerships at AudioNow. “Now fans and alumni can hear that broadcast no matter where they live. This brings the local call and local color to any national Mountaineers fan.”
The call-to-listen phone number incurs no extra charge and is the equivalent of making a standard mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and unlimited voice plans continue to proliferate, radio-by-phone is emerging as one of the most affordable ways in the United States for listeners to connect to their favorite broadcasters when they are away from the radio, television and Internet.
ABOUT IMG COLLEGE/IMG AUDIO
IMG College is the nation’s leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company, representing more than 200 of the nation’s top collegiate properties, including the NCAA and its 89 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences and many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. With audio operations headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C., IMG College produces nearly 31,000 hours of radio programming on the largest independent sports radio network in the country serving 2,200 affiliates. Additionally, IMG College manages nearly 5,000 hours of local television programming, and is the leading publisher of college sports publications and the largest manager of university athletic websites. IMG College is a division of IMG Worldwide, a global sports, fashion and media business. For more information, please visit www.imgcollege.com
AudioNow is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow amplifies the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. Our broadcast partners include industry leaders such as the BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and Motor Racing Network. In 2012 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its partners and connected more than 1 million users. Visit www.audionow.com to learn more and register as a broadcaster.