Tarleton Athletics awards broadcasting rights to Tarleton’s KTRL
By Ashley Husbands—
Tarleton Athletics announced Friday what Athletics Director Lonn Reisman called the best “opportunity to come along for students in a long time.”
Tarleton State University sports is officially switching from KSTV 93.1, or “the Mighty 93” as it is affectionately called by locals, as the main source of Tarleton sports news coverage, to the Tarleton radio station KTRL 90.5.
KTRL’s signal reaches the 10 counties surrounding Stephenville and can be heard as far away as Fort Worth and Waco.
Speakers at the press conference at 11 a.m. included Reisman, Assistant Athletics Director for Development and Major Gifts Casey Hogan, who is well known as the “Voice of the Texans,” and Kelli Styron, dean of Tarleton’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts, which oversees Tarleton radio.
“We wanted to come home to Tarleton State for our sports broadcasts. It will be a win-win for all of us,” said Reisman, who explained that Tarleton will now have exclusive rights. Previously at KSTV, Tarleton shared air time with Stephenville athletics, causing numerous collegiate events to be bumped from the air due to game conflicts with the Stephenville program. Those bumped games were aired on KTRL.
With the switch, Reisman said, “no matter what time the game is happening, we know we will be on the radio, which will give us tremendous visibility.”
Reisman spoke highly of the relationship with KSTV. He said he was thankful to the staff and all that they have done for Tarleton.
“We have had a great partnership with KSTV and we will continue to have a great relationship with them,” he said.
Hogan spoke of the new underwriting opportunities that the switch has already presented. Five verbal commitments were made this week alone to fill the seven spots available, he said.
Styron said Friday’s announcement “forges a relationship which will showcase the talent of our student athletes on the field, on the court and anywhere else my students can get a KTRL microphone.”
“We are more than ready to use the 90.5 FM KTRL signal to broadcast the Tarleton Sports Network,” the dean continued. “We have lots of great programming to offer on 90.5 and now KTRL will have another one-of-a-kind broadcast, the Tarleton Sports Network.”
Tarleton also will be welcoming new talent to the broadcasting team, Keltin Weins and Andrew Hansen. Weins will be stepping in as the new “Voice of the TexAnns” for the women’s basketball team and also covering additional athletic events. Hansen will be a color commentator for the Tarleton football games.
The main sports that will be aired on the new station include football, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball and softball. There will also be webcasts available in some events and live broadcasts will also be available for free at Tarletonsports.com.
”We will get as much as we can broadcast on the radio and are excited about this new adventure,” Reisman said.