Hokies Land DC Sports Giant WTEM-AM
SportsTalk 980 joins Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network
July 12, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department and ISP Sports announced today that Washington, DC's WTEM-AM has joined the Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network.

SportsTalk 980 has agreed to a multi-year arrangement to broadcast Virginia Tech football games beginning with the 2004 season. WTEM will also broadcast a weekly afternoon segment with Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer and Tech play-by-play broadcaster Bill Roth.

"I'm delighted for Hokie fans and for college football fans in general that Virginia Tech football has landed on WTEM," Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver said. "It brings our fans all over the Washington and Baltimore areas closer to Blacksburg and closer to our program."

With its 50,000 watt signal, WTEM blankets the entire capital district and Northern Virginia. The station is the broadcast home of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and Baltimore Orioles.

"Virginia Tech is one of the premier football programs in the country and the Hokies have one of the largest alumni bases in the Washington metro area", said WTEM Operations Manager Tod Castleberry. "With this year being the Hokies' inaugural season in the ACC we are very excited to bring Virginia Tech football to the nation's capital."

Beamer or Roth will appear weekly on The John Thompson Show, or The Sports Reporters featuring Andy Pollin and Steve Czaban beginning next month. Their appearances will continue throughout the season.

"We have received tremendous feedback and support from the Virginia Tech fans over the years," Castleberry said. "Washington sports fans can't get enough of ACC football and with Tech joining the conference the Hokies' longstanding rivalry with Virginia and their new rivalry with Maryland will provide memories for the fans for many years to come."

Virginia Tech opens its 2004 football season August 28th against the University of Southern California at FedEx Field in Washington.

ISP Sports develops and produces a variety of marketing opportunities involving Tech Athletics, including live play-by-play game broadcasts of Virginia Tech football and basketball games, plus weekly television programs.