Rutgers football, basketball to air on WFAN as part of new radio partnership

New York’s most-influential sports radio station has a new team … from New Jersey.

Audacy and Rutgers have reached a multi-year agreement to make WFAN 101.9 and its AM affiliates the new radio home of the Scarlet Knights. According to the agreement, Audacy will broadcast every Rutgers football and men’s basketball game on its various platforms, starting this fall.

“Rutgers athletics is on the rise under Greg Schiano and Steve Pikiell in the Big Ten, bringing excitement and anticipation to Tri-State area fans,” Audacy market president Chris Oliviero said in a release. “WFAN and WCBS 880 will provide listeners with unmatched coverage of the Scarlet Knights, and we are honored to add Rutgers to Audacy’s market-leading play-by-play portfolio.”

WFAN will broadcast all regular-season and postseason football games, including a 30-minute pregame and postgame show. Also beginning this season, WCBS 880 will air all regular season and postseason men’s basketball games, including a 15-minute pregame and postgame show. Fans in the local market can also listen to the broadcasts on the Audacy app, according to the release.

Previously, WOR (710 AM) served as the radio home of Rutgers athletics. Games were also available on local stations across New Jersey, including university-run WRSU (88.7 FM).

Its new partnership with Audacy was announced Friday morning as Rutgers continues its push into the nation’s leading media market.

“We are excited to announce this partnership with Audacy,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said in the release. “Having our teams on WFAN and WCBS 880 is a great opportunity to expand our reach to sports fans in the New York metropolitan area. Our programs are having tremendous success across the board, and this allows for so many more fans to enjoy the excitement and join Rutgers Nation.”

Rutgers, in the third season of Schiano’s second stint as head coach, opens its football season Sept. 3 at Boston College. The Scarlet Knights finished 5-8 last season but received a surprise berth in the Gator Bowl after Texas A&M withdrew due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The men’s basketball team, meanwhile, played through another exciting winter and reached the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, where it dropped a heartbreaking, double-overtime loss to Notre Dame.

This year’s team will need to replace at least two of its leading scorers — Ron Harper Jr. and Geo Baker — and potentially its best defender, Caleb McConnell, who declared for the NBA Draft but can return for his final year of eligibility.

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Patrick Lanni may be reached at planni@njadvancemedia.com

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