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ECU BASEBALL ALREADY
IN 2005 SEASON
by Troy Dreyfus
And now… on to baseball! You might have heard Director of ECU
ticket operations, Scott Wetherbee call in on Live@5 on Monday.
He stated the season tickets have already set an all-time high for
sales and he expects the number sold to hit around 2,000 in time for
the home opener on March 4th. That is not the only record
breaking news for this baseball program, this season the Pirates made
history before the season even began!
It was a couple months ago when we met with Jeff Charles to discuss
this years radio broadcast schedule. Back in my old 98.3 days, we
only carried a limited schedule. 98.3 WCZI had long abandoned the
Pirates by the time Jonathan Ellerbe and myself started Pirate Radio
1250 in August of 2003. Last season we worked with the University
and carried more games than ever before, about 85% of the
schedule. We produced those games for the University through the
studios of Pirate Radio 1250. We all shared in the excitement of
a record setting 51 win season that saw the Pirates finish as high as
#8 in one national poll.
That brings us to this season… When we first sat down with Jeff, we
knew the Pirates were going to have a lot of excitement around this
year; new stadium, great team and coaches, etc. We presented Jeff
with the idea of carrying every game. We almost did that last
year, so this season we felt the time was right to clear every game on
our station…. after all, we ARE Pirate Radio! We knew that the
time had come for this type of coverage, and if other stations picked
up the broadcast, that would only enhance the baseball program.
By the end of last season, we had 4 or 5 stations picking up the post
season games, and hopefully that will happen again this year.
Jeff was very excited about the commitment we were willing to
make. Yes, it means we may need to preempt some of your favorite
radio shows from time to time, but once again we believe it is
important for the baseball program to have that type of coverage.
As I told Jeff, once we do this, we can’t go back, because fans will
expect this each year.
1250’s own Josh Spence will serve as the play-by-play voice for the
games. Josh did a stellar job last year and has hosted our
pre-game shows in ECU football and basketball, has been the voice of
the Hardee’s High School Game of the Week, and co-host of our weekly
Sportsline program each Monday at 6pm. We are also fortunate to
have Coach Gary Overton back again this year as the color
analyst. Coach O has such great insight on our team and baseball
in general. Coach O will not be on every broadcast, but most of
We are proud to be partners with the University to bring the excitement
of ECU baseball to your radio or computer speakers. There are
many people behind the scenes at 1250 that make each broadcast
possible, and as the “Home of the Pirates”, we will do our best to make
every broadcast the best it can be, after that, we’ll let the team take
it from there!
Here’s to another exciting season, see ya at the ballpark!