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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Monday, August 16, 2010
NO STATIC AT ALL – WHALERS RETURN TO 88.1FM WSDP FOR BROADCASTS
Schoolcraft College Sports Network, Neulion.com remain television and internet partners
PLYMOUTH – After a trial run in 2009-10, the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers will return to 88.1FM WSDP “The Escape” as its radio home for the upcoming season.
“The Escape” – a state-award winning radio station located at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park – will begin covering the Whalers this year with a special broadcast during Plymouth’s first preseason game against Windsor on Saturday, September 4 at 7pm during “The Clash at the Coliseum” in Chelsea, MI. 88.1FM WSDP will resume its broadcast schedule during the Whalers’ season opener on Thursday, September 23 in Windsor.
Pete Krupsky remains Whalers play-by-play voice with Sean Baligian providing analysis of home broadcasts.
88.1FM will carry the bulk of the Whalers games this season with a minimum of preemptions. All Plymouth regular season and playoff games will be streamed online at www.plymouthwhalers.com.
In addition, the Whalers will continue to team up with Schoolcraft College Sports Network for television broadcasts and will partner with Neulion.com (formerly Insinc.com) as the team’s internet streaming provider.
The Schoolcraft College Sports Network utilizes students from Schoolcraft and Madonna University to work the Whalers television broadcasts and provides hands-on experience on the broadcasts for Plymouth-Canton students interested in learning about the media business. In addition, the Whalers will offer assistance to students interested in finding out about marketing, broadcasting and public relations.
"WSDP is excited to partner with the Plymouth Whalers and Schoolcraft College,” said Bill Keith, WSDP Station Manager. “This partnership makes so much sense because it puts our local hockey team on Plymouth and Canton's radio station. We look forward to being the radio home for the Whalers as they make a long run into the playoffs."
“The Whalers and Schoolcraft have a lot in common. We both draw people from a wide range of communities in the region,” said Marty Heator, the Director of Marketing at Schoolcraft College. “We both appeal to people of all ages -- the Whalers offer a family-friendly experience, and we have programs for school-age children, college students and mature adults. And we both offer exceptional value for the dollar.”
“It’s been great to have WSDP as a partner because the station reaches a geographic area that is important to us and the mission of the station, as an educational and creative outlet for students, is something that we can get behind.”
The Whalers originally teamed up with The Schoolcraft College Sports Network in 2004-05, partnered with Neulion.com the following year and moved to 88.1FM WSDP for radio broadcasts last season.
Last season, Plymouth (38-27-1-2) made the OHL playoffs for the 19th straight season – a current OHL record – and enjoyed a 25 percent increase in attendance at Compuware Arena. The Whalers are expected to be competitive again this season in the Western Conference playoff race.
Tickets for all events are on sale now by calling 734-453-8400 or visiting the Compuware Arena Box Office. For information on Whalers ticket packages or to plan a group event for the 2010-11 season, visit plymouthwhalers.com or call 734-453-8400.
For information on Whalers season or mini-plan ticket packages or to plan a group event for the Compuware Arena Drive-In Theatre or upcoming 2010-11 season, visit plymouthwhalers.com or call 734-453-8400.
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