On Sept. 21, NSU Athletics announced a three–year partnership with WMEN 640 AM Radio to air live broadcasts of men’s basketball games, as well as a weekly, hour–long program dedicated to NSU Athletics called the “Sharks Sports Wrap.”
Michael Mominey, athletic director, said partnership with local media was a part of the vision he had for the department. He said the discussions with WMEN began last spring.
“As with any partnership, there needs to be a mutual benefit. I truly believe this is a win–win for the athletic department and WMEN 640,” said Mominey.
On Dec. 3, the first basketball game will be broadcasted when the Sharks play Barry University. Head Coach Gary Tuell said the team is also excited about the partnership.
“The player reaction was mostly that they feel a sense of pride to be one of the very few Division II programs in the country that will have their games aired on a local radio station,” he said. “All the guys feel it’s pretty cool and they appreciate that WMEN 640 believes they are worthy of the same kind of local radio coverage that Miami, FIU, Florida Atlantic and other D-I programs receive.”
Beginning Nov. 12, the “Sharks Sports Wrap” will air every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. and will be hosted by TV and radio personality Tony Segreto. Mominey said this is his favorite component of the partnership.
“It’s one thing to be able to broadcast one of your teams, but the opportunity to have our own one–hour show on Saturday mornings on commercial radio makes this deal a home run,” he said.
Mominey said he plans to use this platform to leverage the success of the department.
“The focus will [be] to give the listeners an overall view into our entire sports program. We will focus on all the other sports when they are in season,” he said. “Right now we plan on 30 shows, which is very exciting. We also have some surprise guests planned as well, so stay tuned.”