Friday, September 2, 2016

Widener Football to Have Games Broadcasted on ESPN Radio

Photo Courtesy of Widener University Athletics
CHESTER, Pa. (Sept. 2, 2016) – Widener University Director of Athletics Jack Shafer and JAKIB Media Sports, the multimedia company based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, have announced an agreement with The New ESPN Sports Station in Philadelphia, 610 Sports, to serve as the flagship for the Widener JM Sports Radio Network beginning this fall.

The station, part of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. will carry all Widener football game broadcasts on the radio station and/or the radio station stream, ( which includes both home and away contests, during the 2016 season. The station is already the flagship home for Villanova Athletics and any game time conflicts will mean Widener games will follow Villanova and may also air on one of Beasley's other Radio Station properties within their network.

"Our new association with 610 Sports – ESPN Radio is a partnership that will prove to be invaluable to Widener football," stated Shafer. "ESPN Radio 610 allows us to have our football games on a sports-radio format that will provide a great fit for our listeners. We feel this offers a comprehensive listening package for our fans in the Delaware Valley and nationally."

Joe Krause, President of JAKIB Media Sports, also expressed pleasure with the new agreement.

"We are very excited to be the radio broadcast partner of Widener football," Krause said. "The passion of the 610 Sports – ESPN Sports Talk station mirrors that of the Widener football program."

Widener head football coach Mike Kelly is also pleased about the partnership.

"We are thrilled about our new partnership with 610 Sports – ESPN Radio and feel this association will help create an even greater interest for the Widener football program," added Kelly. "610 Sports – ESPN Radio is a great station with outstanding national programming, a big signal and we are excited to have a partnership with this station."

Widener has one of the most storied NCAA Division III football programs in the country. The program has won two national championships, 20 Middle Atlantic Conference titles and has made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Pride have continued to flourish in recent years under Kelly, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons in 2014 while posting a combined 18-5 record since he took over as the pilot of the program.

The football broadcasts will also be available outside the Philadelphia listening area. Alums and other fans from a greater distance can download the Tune-In Radio App for free and listen to the broadcast from wherever they reside. In addition, the broadcasts can be listened to

The first broadcast is slated for this weekend when the Pride host Rowan for the second straight year on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1:00 p.m. Go to for broadcast details.

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