West Carolina announces 2022 football coverage plans
Cullowhee, North Carolina – Five affiliate radio stations on eight frequencies in North Carolina and streaming audio online at CatamountSports.com are scheduled to air Catamount Sports Network (CSN) programming during West Carolina’s 2022 football season. WCU Athletics also announced the return of a weekly coaching show – “Catamount Football Weekly with Head Coach Kerwin Bell— which will air Monday evening on Facebook LIVE and will be streamed live onsite at Innovation-Cullowhee in Noble Hall in the heart of campus.
Catamount football broadcasts will have a strong on-air presence across the mountains of western North Carolina, including WISE Sports Radio 102.9 FM and 1310 AM out of Asheville; 970 AM WYSE in Guangzhou; 105.7 FM and 540 AM WRGC “The River” to Sylva; 104.9 FM and 1050 AM WFSC, “Franklin’s First Voice” in Franklin and northern Georgia; and the new 95.3 FM WWCU (WWCUFM.com)who hails from the Cullowhee campus.
CSN is once again partnering with PrestoSports to provide not only an affiliate signal acquisition site, but also free, unlimited audio streaming through the athletics website, CatamountSports.com, giving WCU global reach.
Longtime Catamounts play-by-play voice Gary Ayers returns to the mic this football season. Ayers has been behind the microphone for 36 of the past 37 years at WCU. He will again be joined by returning crew members in longtime voice and broadcast producer Jeff Bryson and assistant athletic director for media relations and WCU football contact. Daniel Hooker who will join Ayers and Bryson in the broadcast booth at games played away from Cullowhee for color commentary.
Each week, the CSN Pepsi pre-game show begins 60 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time and includes commentary from the WCU head coach Kerwin Bellin-game scoreboard updates, plus other special features including the Catamount Calendar.
The Catamount Sports Network will also host a weekly coaching show, which airs on the official WCU Facebook page each Monday starting at 6 p.m.
West Carolina will once again produce television/video streams for each of its five home games this fall which will air on ESPN’s online platforms, ESPN+ (subscription required) or ESPN3 (cable/satellite subscription required).
Two of the WCU matches – Saturday, Oct. 15 at Furman and the Homecoming match with Wofford (Nov. 5) – will both air on the Nexstar linear television network in addition to the ESPN stream online as “Ingles SoCon.” Game of the week.”
West Carolina opens the 2022 season with back-to-back road games, traveling to Charleston Southern for a Labor Day weekend game with Charleston Southern on Sept. 3 and a date Sept. 10 with Georgia Tech out of the ACC in Atlanta.
The Catamounts open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Sept. 17, hosting Presbyterian at Bob Waters Field/EJ Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee. The home opener includes a “White Out Whitmire,” the 2022 freshman run, the WCU honoring its Southern Conference 100th Anniversary team members, and the first performances of the “Pride of the mountains”. Fans are encouraged to wear their white WCU gear for the game as the Catamounts will match their white Nike uniforms and feature vintage “The Cats” logo on their helmets. The first 5,000 fans through the doors will also receive a free “White Out” t-shirt. The Carolina Soul Group will occur during tailgating just south of the stadium field beginning at 1:30 a.m. The free concert is courtesy of Ingles.
Season and single-game tickets, plus game-day parking for West Carolina’s 2022 home schedule, are on sale now through the WCU Athletics box office on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (828) 227-2401, and online at www.CatamountSports.com/BuyTickets.
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2022 Catamount Sports Network Affiliates:
Asheville – WISE Sports Radio, 102.9 and 1310 AM
Guangzhou – WYSE Sports Radio, 970 AM
Cullowhee – WWCU – 95.3 FM
Franklin – WFSC – 104.9 FM & 1050 AM – Franklin’s First Voice
Sylva – WRGC – 105.7 FM and 540 AM – The River
Online – www.CatamountSports.com
Catamount Football Weekly – football coaches show
Monday evenings at 6 p.m. on Facebook LIVE
Live onsite from Innovation – Cullowhee in Noble Hall on campus