The Nashville Predators will announce an extension of the team's radio deal with the Cromwell Group today and a move to Cromwell's soon-to-be-launched all-sports station WPRT 102.5 The Game.
After spending the 2010-11 season on Cromwell's active-rock 102.9 The Buzz, the Predators will anchor The Game. The station has already inked a deal to broadcast Alabama football this season. The Predators will broadcast select pre-season games and all regular-season and playoff games on 102.5. There are potential conflicts with the Crimson Tide's schedule: Nine of Alabama's 12 games are on Saturdays with Predators games scheduled and kickoff times for SEC games are rarely set less than 10 days in advance. But the Predators-Cromwell deal requires all regular season games to be broadcast on 102.5.
The ageement also includes a 30-minute pre-game and one-hour post-game show. The host of that show has not been finalized. Those duties were handled by Willie Daunic in past seasons — even last year, when the WGFX host regularly broadcast across Cromwell's air despite being a Citadel employee.
Tom Callahan will continue as play-by-play man for the radio-exclusive games. Pete Weber and Terry Crisp will be on the mic for non-TV games and Stu Grimson will join Callahan for select games. Fellow former Predators enforcer Wade Belak will take in-game interviews and sideline reports for select home TV broadcasts, in addition to participating in Canadian figure-skating reality TV show Battle of the Blades.
The Predators Radio Network already has deals with at least 13 stations across Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama and is expected to make a play for a broadcast partner near Chattanooga and potentially in north Georgia.
Rome to return to Nashville air
New 560-AM General Manager and long-time WNSR afternoon drive host Thom Abraham announced on his show Wednesday that his station will begin airing The Jim Rome Show starting Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Rome had previously been in the midday slot on 104.5, until the launching of 3 Hour Lunch last year.