Starting for the 2012-2013 season, 97.5 The Fanatic will be the new official radio provider of Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers.
On the Flyers being brought on, here is an official release from 975TheFanatic.com:
"For the 2012-13 season and beyond, Flyers game broadcasts on 97.5 The Fanatic and 950 ESPN Radio will include 20 minutes of coverage prior to face-off and 40 minutes of coverage after the game concludes, thanks to a new 10 minute pre-game show and 30 minute post-game show, which will bookend the game broadcast itself. The post-game show will include player interviews and a live broadcast of Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette’s post-game press conference."
The Sixers previously signed a contract and announced their full time coverage starting for the 2011-2012 playoffs. Sixers CEO Adam Aron announced the news (per an official release from the team):
The team has signed a multi-year agreement today with the radio broadcasting company for all 76ers games to be aired in the Delaware Valley on the FM dial on 97.5 The Fanatic, and for a significant number of Sixers games to be simulcast on 950 ESPN Radio. The first broadcast on 97.5 The Fanatic will be Game One of the NBA Playoffs and will continue through the remainder of the 2011-2012 playoffs. Some playoff games this season will be simulcast on 950 ESPN Radio as well, with simulcast dates being announced after the release of the NBA Playoffs schedule.
This is a solid move for both the Flyers and Sixers organizations. Not that we had a problem with them being broadcast on WIP, the station was simply putting other broadcasts ahead of both teams on their 94.1 FM station.
Since signing an agreement with the Phillies, WIP has kicked all hockey and basketball broadcasts to their 610 AM station.
You can now catch all Sixers playoff action on 97.5 The Fanatic and starting next season, The Fanatic will be the new home of the Flyers.