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Union hockey and football, WPTR-AM (1240) agree to three-year deal

By Ken Schott
Monday, July 28, 2014

After working on one-year deals to have its games aired on WPTR-AM (1240), the Union College men's hockey team has a multiyear contract with the Empire Broadcasting Corporation station.

The two sides announced a three-year deal Monday to keep the NCAA-champion Dutchmen on WPTR. It also includes the bi-weekly show “Union College Hockey Coaches Corner” show from the Van Dyck Restaurant in Schenectady. The season’s first show will be Oct. 7.

“Union College has a tradition of tremendous academic and athletic excellence, and Empire Broadcasting is fortunate to be partnering up as the exclusive radio network for the next three years," said Neerav Patel, Chief Operating Officer/Principal of Empire Broadcasting Corporation.

Play-by-play announcer Matt DuBrey and analyst Brian Unger return to call the action.

The deal also includes the broadcasts of the Dutchmen football games. Frank Rossi returns as the play-by-play announcer.

"We are pleased to continue our excellent relationship with Empire Broadcasting Corporation, particularly for a three year period," said Eric McDowell, Union's assistant athletic director/sports information. "I thank Neerav and his staff, and we look forward to the continued exposure and promotional opportunities with Walt Adams and other on-air personalities with their family of stations."

The hockey and football games will be streamed on www.sporty1240.com.

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