CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – Philadelphia Union has signed a deal with CBS RADIO’S SportsRadio 610 WIP, giving the Union their first ever radio partner, the club announced Thursday. Beginning in 2012, SportsRadio 610 WIP will broadcast live 17 of Philadelphia Union’s matches, either home or away, as well as partner with the team to produce a weekly one-hour soccer show which will run through the end of the season in November. Fans can hear game action and the weekly programming on-air, online at www.cbsphilly.com or via the Radio.com app available on a variety of mobile devices.
In conjunction with their local television partners, the Union will now have one of the broadest media partnerships in Major League Soccer.
“We are thrilled to have developed this partnership with WIP, the preeminent sports radio station in the Greater Philadelphia area,” said Philadelphia Union Executive Vice President Dave Rowan. “Our fans have been asking for us to be on the radio for both games and daily Philadelphia Union talk radio coverage so this partnership was a major priority for us. We are truly honored to be a part of WIP’s already great programming.”
“Soccer is exploding in the Delaware Valley,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia. “PPL Park is filled every game and the fans are as enthusiastic as any in professional sports. We are proud to help expand the team’s reach and the sport’s popularity throughout the region.”
Also serving as the flagship station for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers, Sportsradio WIP is one of the first all-sports formatted stations in the nation; having broadcast the format for over 25 years in Philadelphia. In September of this year, WIP-AM’s format also began broadcasting on 94.1 FM, one of the market’s most powerful FM signals. WIP is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.
The playoff bound Union are currently tied for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference and wrap up the 2011 regular season tonight against the NY Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.
For more information on Philadelphia Union and to purchase tickets to the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.
ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union and is comprised of Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher Buccini, Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The Buccini/Pollin Group. The group launched Philadelphia Union’s inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park, the brand new $122 million soccer-specific stadium on the Chester Waterfront, on June 27, 2010. PPL Park, the home of Philadelphia Union, holds approximately 18,500 seats and will host various events throughout the year. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.
ABOUT SPORTSRADIO WIP
WIP is home to Angelo Cataldi and the morning team, and also annually hosts Wing Bowl prior to the Super Bowl in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. The station’s programming is available on-air, online at www.cbsphilly.com and via the Radio.com application for a variety of mobile devices.