Rutgers football and basketball will be broadcast on WFAN as part of a new radio partnership

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

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

“Rutgers athletics is on the rise in the Big Ten under Greg Schiano and Steve Pikiell, bringing excitement and anticipation to fans in the Tri-State region,” said Chris Oliviero, Audacy Market President, in a press 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 post-season football games, including a 30-minute pre- and post-season show. Also starting this season, WCBS 880 will air all men’s regular season and postseason basketball games, including a 15-minute pregame and postgame show. Fans in the local market can also listen to the shows through 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 throughout New Jersey, including the university-run WRSU (88.7 FM).

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

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

Rutgers, in the third season of Schiano’s second term as head coach, opens his football season Sept. 3 at Boston College. The Scarlet Knights finished last season 5-8 but earned a surprise Gator Bowl berth after Texas A&M pulled out 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 they suffered 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 possibly its top defenseman, Caleb McConnell, who submitted for the NBA draft but can return for his final year of eligibility.

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Patrick Lanni can be reached at [email protected].

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