Bill Ryan spoke the words that The CMSB reported on yesterday..."It's official" Along with Jon Jennings, Ryan broke the news on Sports Radio WJAB in Portland at 7:24 AM on Wednesday morning. Stay tuned for audio and press conference information later today right here on The CMSB.com.
Bill Ryan also announced that WJAB will be the flagship radio broadcast station for the new team. PM Jab host Chris Sedenka will serve as play by play voice of the D-League Team.
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NBA Maine Basketball Announces Flagship Radio Station
Portland, Maine, February 25, 2009- NBA Maine Basketball and Atlantic Coast Radio today announced THE BIG JAB 1440 AM and 96.3 FM will become the flagship station of the new Portland NBA D-League team. THE BIG JAB will broadcast all 50 games as well as a weekly interviews and updates. In addition, Chris Sedenka, host of the PM JAB, has agreed to become the voice of the new team.
"We are thrilled to be broadcasting our games on THE BIG JAB. It is the place to go to hear sports in Maine and we are very excited about the partnership." said Jon Jennings, Team President and General Manager of NBA Maine Basketball.
"We are honored to be named the flagship station for NBA Maine Basketball. The arrival of this team adds a new dimension to the local sports scene in Portland and southern Maine. We look forward to this partnership with NBA Maine Basketball. We also are proud to announce that Chris Sedenka, host of the PM JAB, will be the new play by play voice for the team. NBA Maine Basketball is bringing big time hoops to our city and the Celtics connection is fabulous. Stay with THE BIG JAB as we welcome the NBA D-league to Portland." said Jon Van Hoogenstyn, General Manager, Atlantic Coast Radio.
Fans in Maine can catch all home and away regular season and post-season games live on the flagship station BIG JAB 1440 AM and 96.3 FM.
NBA Maine Basketball will begin play this November at the Portland Expo Building. Fans can purchase season ticket packages for games now by calling (207) 210-6655 or visitwww.nbamaine.comfor more information.
THE BIG JAB, 1440 AM and 96.3 FM. THE BIG JAB, is owned and operated by Atlantic Coast Radio, southern Maine's only locally owned and operated broadcast group, also the flagship for the Boston Red Sox, and the WEEI sports radio network. THE BIG JAB is home to the top rated Shoe and Joe morning show, and the PM JAB, hosted by Chris Sedenka.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams. The league has produced 15 percent of the players on 2007-08 end-of-season NBA rosters and continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games onNBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found atnba.com/futurecast.