Spring Game To Be Broadcast In New River Valley
Game also to be simulcast on Tech official web site
April 13, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Thursday that the Hokies' 2000 spring football game will be broadcast on Virginia Tech's flagship station, 105.3 FM, The Bear, in the New River Valley. The game can also be heard on the internet by logging onto Tech's official web site, hokiesports.com.

"Given the interest in Virginia Tech football, we felt it was time to initiate coverage of the spring game," said Tech Director of Athletics, Jim Weaver. "We are especially pleased that The Bear is our partner in this effort."

For the spring game, The Bear SportsTalk Show will air starting two hours before the start of the contest. The broadcast, led by John Hale, will include special guests, and listeners and fans will be invited to watch the broadcast taking place before their eyes.

An abbreviated version of Bill Roth's pre-game show will start at 1:45 p.m. Bill and his partner, Mike Burnop, will interact with The Bear SportsTalk Tailgate Show and take the opportunity to explain to the uninitiated what a controlled scrimmage is and how the game will take place.

Since the game is a scrimmage, designed to be a tool for the coaches, The Bear will take a different approach to the broadcast. The tone will be lighter and will include more voices. Hale will join Roth and Burnop in the booth, along with a few guest commentators. The point will be to convey the outlook for the upcoming season, as well as the excitement and atmosphere surrounding the event.

The postgame show will provide Roth with a chance to talk with Coach Frank Beamer and his assistants about the game and how it went according to their perspective.

"We know this won't be a hard-core broadcast like Mike and Bill usually do," said The Bear's operations manager, Kelvin Culbreth. "The main thing we were inspired by was the ÎMidnight Madness' atmosphere for basketball. We're planning on using this as a springboard to kick off an exciting season of Virginia Tech football."

Hokie fans everywhere can listen to the game by logging on to Virginia Tech's web site, hokiesports.com, where there will be a link for fans to listen to the game live like they would on the radio.

"We're excited about the opportunity to provide Hokie football fans outside of southwest Virginia with access on the internet," said Peg Morse, Tech's director of information systems.

The game will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in Lane Stadium. The Hokies are coming off an 11-1 season and a berth in the National Championship game. The team will kick off its 2000 season on Sunday, Aug. 27 against Georgia Tech in the Black Coaches Association Bowl.