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Virginia Tech to be aired on 106.7 The Fan

Virginia Tech fans in the Washington area will get a little closer to Hokies sports in the coming years.

Beginning in 2010 seasons, 106.7 FM "The Fan" will become Washington’s new radio home for Hokies sports. The station, WJFK, will air Virginia Tech football and basketball games, as well as the weekly show “Tech Talk Live,” hosted by Bill Roth and featuring Frank Beamer, the football coach, and Seth Greenberg, the basketball coach.

An announcement will be made on Monday about the multiyear agreement between "The Fan" and Virginia Tech’s ISP Sports Network.

“Northern Virginia and the D.C. market represent Virginia Tech’s largest alumni base, so this is an exciting time for our fans,” Roth said in a statement.

"The Fan" broadcasts the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals playoff games. Its lineup of programs includes The Sports Junkies and The LaVar Arrington Show.

ISP is the sales and marketing partner for more than 60 universities, with radio affiliates spanning from Boston College to Washington State University.

By Mark Viera  |  May 10, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
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Will WJFK still be broadcasting Maryland football and basketball games during the upcoming season? If not, where will Maryland games be broadcast next year, and why would WJFK trade the broadcasting rights of a very local school like Maryland for a more remote regional school like Virginia Tech?

Posted by: bigmac128 | May 10, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Why would they trade them in??? VT football is about 800 times more popular then UMd football and going into next season, VT basketball will be a hotter ticket then UMd. This is win-win for both VT and if we can just get Lurch and Seth to make up....

Posted by: AreYouKiddingMe1 | May 10, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Tech is not a local school. I can drive to Duke's campus in the same time it takes me to get to the middle of nowhere in Blaksburg!!

Posted by: bmdugan | May 10, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

"why would WJFK trade the broadcasting rights of a very local school like Maryland for a more remote regional school like Virginia Tech?"

No question Maryland is right in the metro area, and no question it has more alums...but the issue is how many fans will tune in to listen to a game, and pretty much we're talking about a football game, since that is the driver for the business of college sports right now.

Tech has a lot of alums and students' families in the area, and Tech is a good team nearly every year, so that's why it's more attractive in terms of the number of fans.

Put another way, I think Maryland only sold out one game last year in football, it was the Tech game, the crowd seemed at least 40% Tech fans - and this was a "down" year for Tech.

Posted by: CDRHoek | May 11, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I think it says right in the article that the D.C. area represents Virginia Tech's largest alumni base.

Sounds like a good move for the station, the school, and the fans.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 12, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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