PRESS RELEASE – The Trenton Thunder, Double A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, and The College of New Jersey announced a partnership today that makes WTSR, 91.3 FM the new flagship station of the Trenton Thunder Radio Network. The agreement was announced at a press conference held at Paul Loser Hall on the campus of The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.
The College of New Jersey’s student radio station, WTSR, will broadcast all 142 Trenton Thunder games plus playoff games for at least the next three seasons. WTSR boasts a 1,500 watt signal that reaches listeners over large portions of Mercer, Bucks and Burlington counties. All games can also be heard online at trentonthunder.com.
“This new partnership expands the reach of Trenton Thunder baseball within the region,” said Thunder General Manager and The College of New Jersey alumnus Will Smith. “We look forward to working with a distinguished institution like The College of New Jersey to bring Trenton Thunder games to even more fans over WTSR’s airwaves.”
“We’re excited that students will be able to learn the technical side of the radio business through Thunder broadcasts,” added Smith. “If I was a student, I’d be excited for the chance to work with and learn from broadcasting New York Yankees Double-A Baseball.”
“TCNJ is very excited about this partnership with the Thunder. It will provide our students with access to hands-on learning opportunities and will help broaden awareness, throughout the region, of TCNJ’s standing as a national leader in the delivery of undergraduate, public education,” said Matthew Golden, Vice President for College Relations and Advancement.
The partnership between the Thunder and The College of New Jersey will provide paid educationally based employment opportunities at the radio station for students. Students will serve as Board Operators during each game broadcast and will have the opportunity to create and produce much of the content heard during games. The College of New Jersey will have opportunities during the broadcasts to promote the school as well as in-stadium promotional opportunities during Thunder home games.
The Thunder broadcast team for 2011 will consist of Jay Burnham returning for his second season in Trenton and his ninth year as a Minor League Baseball broadcaster. Burham will be joined in the booth this season by Hank Fuerst, who is in his first year with Trenton and his second as a Minor League broadcaster.
It was also announced that WBCB 1490 AM of Levittown, PA will carry at least 20 select Thunder games this season.
The 2011 Trenton Thunder season will begin on Thursday, April 7 at New Hampshire with the home opener set for Thursday, April 14 versus Harrisburg. All Trenton Thunder tickets are all on sale now at trentonthunder.com. All Thunder games can be heard at 91.3 FM and online at trentonthunder.com.