By Bob Hertzel
For the Times West Virginian
MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s new radio network under IMG College signed its first three stations on Friday, two of them in Fairmont.
Nick Fantasia’s WRLF-FM and WTCS-AM were announced as affiliates shortly after IMG College announced that its first affiliate was WMTD-FM in Hinton, also known as ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket.
WRLF-FM and WTCS-AM have aired WVU football since the 1950s
"It's great to welcome Fantasia Broadcasting, which has such deep roots in Mountaineers football, to our network and the IMG family," said Chris Ferris, vice president of the IMG's audio division for IMG College.
WVU recently announced the it had signed a 12-year contract with IMG to conduct the school’s multi-media rights. The deal brings WVU $86 million during the life of the contract.
"WVU is an important part of our business, and our history,” said Nick Fantasia, owner of Fantasia Broadcasting WRLF-FM / WTCS-AM. “WTCS was part of the original group of WVU network stations connected by phone line in the early 1950's, and we have aired WVU sports ever since. Having worked with IMG for Marshall and Notre Dame broadcasts, I am confident that the broadcast quality and talent level we expect for the WVU game broadcasts will continue. While people and technology may change the passion for WVU Sports remains the constant. That's why the listeners and the advertisers return each season. It has been our experience that IMG gets that, too. Let's bring on the Mountaineers."