WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth University Department of Athletics has announced it has reached a three-year extension with Townsquare Media Group to broadcast all of the Hawks’ football and men’s basketball games through the 2015-16 season on The Shore Sports Network, 1160 WOBM AM and 1310 AM as well as on www.shoresportsnetwork.com.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with our great radio partners,” said Monmouth University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil. “I know that many of our fans appreciate the professional coverage and we look forward to this continued opportunity to provide access to the Monmouth friends and family.”
"We are very excited about extending our partnership with Townsquare Media for another three years," said Hawks’ head football coach Kevin Callahan. "Working with them has been great for our program, they have been a part of the shore football community for many years and we look forward to teaming up with them again this season and in the future.”
“Monmouth Basketball has greatly benefitted from the exposure of their high quality broadcasts and productions,” said MU head men’s basketball coach King Rice. “I look forward to continuing the relationship with them, as well as helping spread the Monmouth University name and brand.”
Monmouth, which also makes its broadcasts available to its fans through www.GoMUHawks.com, the official online home of MU Athletics, will offer all of the scheduled games, both home and away. Home games also feature live video, along with The Shore Sports Network audio, through Hawk Vision on the school’s official athletics website.
This will mark the fifth and third consecutive years, respectively, that Monmouth Football and Men’s Basketball will be broadcast along the airwaves of The Shore Sports Network.
A pair of Monmouth University alums will continue to call the action for the Hawks, as Eddy Occhipinti ‘06 and Matt Harmon ’96 return to the broadcasts. Harmon, a former MU football player, serves as the play-by-play voice of Monmouth University Football, while Occhipinti supplies the color analysis for the action on the gridiron. During basketball season, Occhipinti voices the play-by-play action with Harmon providing color commentary. Also for hoops season a third MU alum, former Hawks basketball player Steve Bazaz ’07, supplies analysis during games, halftime and pre- and post-game shows.
Occhipinti is entering his eighth year in the Monmouth University Athletics Department and third as the Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing. In addition to his broadcasting duties, he oversees the development, coordination and implementation of a comprehensive athletics marketing, advertising and promotions plan for all of the department’s sports. In addition to calling Monmouth Football and Men’s Basketball on The Shore Sports Network, he also calls a variety of Hawks’ home athletics events through Hawk Vision on www.GoMUHawks.com.
Harmon, the three-time New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year, also co-hosts ‘The Kevin Callahan Football Show’ during the season with the head coach of the Monmouth University Football team. Harmon is also the current radio play-by-play voice for high school football, basketball and baseball on The Shore Sports Network. The Wall resident also covers a variety of sports for MSG Varsity and is an anchor at 1010 WINS. In addition to his busy sports schedule, Harmon is a professor in the department of communications at Monmouth University.
“Townsquare Media and our Shore Sports Network are proud to be the Jersey Shore home for Monmouth University Football and Basketball,” stated Greg Janoff, Regional Vice President for Townsquare Media New Jersey. “We are thrilled to be able to continue bringing the Hawks’ games to local alumni and fans as well as those across the country via www.shoresportsnetwork.com and our free radioPup app. We are especially excited to partner with the University as they move into new conferences for their athletic programs and look forward to being part of many great moments in years to come.”