by Troy Dreyfus

Today marks the beginning of our new look to the website.  For those of you that have been with us from day one, you’ve noticed many changes to our site as time went along.  We have now added daily content to the website in the form of feature articles and opinions from the 1250 team in a new layout that should be more user friendly.

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 them.

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!

Troy D