CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University sports fans in Charleston will be able to listen to game-day coverage on the radio.
West Virginia Mountaineers and IMG College announced Tuesday that LM Communications' WMXE-FM in Charleston has signed onto the IMG Mountaineer Sports Network.
The classic hits station, found at 100.9 FM, will carry WVU football and men's basketball, coaches' shows from those sports and the "Mountaineer Minute" daily report.
"I've always been a huge Mountaineers fan, and as radio station owner-operator for 32 years in Charleston, I'm absolutely thrilled to bring WVU sports to Mountaineer Nation over our signal," Lynn Martin, owner of WMXE-FM, said in a prepared statement. "Broadcasting Mountaineer sports on our station from the state capital is a life-long dream come true."
In July, WVU struck an $80 million sports media rights deal with Winston Salem, N.C.-based IMG College, the same company selected earlier in the year before an Attorney General's Office review of bid-rigging allegations prompted university officials to solicit contract proposals a second time.
West Virginia Radio -- owned by Morgantown businessman John Raese -- had handled WVU football and basketball broadcasts for decades. The company filed suit against WVU to block the deal. Raese's lawyers allege that WVU's selection of IMG was a "sham" that benefited university "insiders," including former Board of Governors chairman Drew Payne and board member Dave Alvarez.
IMG and WVU have signed up 36 radio stations across West Virginia since July, but none of Raese's 29 stations in the state.
"We are very happy to welcome Lynn Martin and WXME-FM in Charleston to the Mountaineer Sports Network," Chris Ferris, vice president of broadcasting for IMG College, said in a prepared statement. "Lynn has a long history and deep roots in the very important Charleston market, the state's capital and largest city. WXME's strong signal will provide essential coverage for our growing network to the Kanawha Valley, including Charleston and the outlying areas."
WVU and IMG College have a 12-year contract for game broadcasts and coaches' shows on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG beginning this season.
Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG plans to add four hours of pre- and post-game coverage for WVU football. Pregame shows will expand from one hour to 3.5 hours and postgame shows from 30 minutes to two hours.