Butler University and WXNT Radio have signed a two-year agreement to keep the Indianapolis-based station as the radio home of Butler men's basketball through the 2009-10 season. The agreement assures that all Butler regular season and postseason men's basketball games, plus the school's Butler Basketball Tonight coach's show, will be broadcast on WXNT (1430 AM).
"We are pleased that WXNT will continue to be the home of Butler basketball," said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier. "We've had an excellent relationship with WXNT through the years, and we look forward to this continued partnership as we try to reach even more Butler basketball fans."
WXNT has been the broadcast home of Butler basketball in 13 of the past 14 seasons. The original agreement began in 1994-95, when Collier was head coach of the Bulldogs. During the more than decade-long partnership, WXNT has broadcast the Bulldogs' five Horizon League Tournament championships and 13 Butler NCAA Tournament games, including trips to the Sweet 16 in 2003 and 2007! The new agreement calls for a continuation of the 30-minute pre-game and post-game shows in conjunction with each game broadcast. The one-hour Butler Basketball Tonight Show, previously heard on Tuesday evenings, now will be broadcast on Monday nights from 6-7 p.m. In addition to the over-the-air coverage, all games and coach's shows also will be streamed at www.newstalk1430.com.
Returning as Butler's basketball broadcast team for the third consecutive year will be play-by-play announcer Joe Gentry and analyst Nick Gardner, a former Butler basketball player and member of the Bulldogs' 2003 Sweet 16 team. Gentry, Butler's Director of Sports Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships, also will host the Butler Basketball Tonight Show.
The Butler basketball season will begin in November, with exhibition games slated for Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. The regular season opener will be at Drake on Nov. 15. The Bulldogs are coming off a school- and league-record 30-4 season, which included championships at the Great Alaska Shootout and the Wooden Tradition, Horizon League regular season and tournament titles and a first-round NCAA Tournament win.