Nov. 25, 2003
Tulane Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, ISP Sports, are in the second year of their partnership in 2003-04. ISP has again secured WTIX-AM and FM as the Wave's flagship stations and Sean Kelley returns to handle play-by-play duties for men's basketball, football and baseball. ISP holds Tulane's broadcast and marketing rights for all sports as they handle the game broadcasts and coaches' radio and television shows.
With the partnership, ISP Sports received the rights to produce, sell and distribute the Green Wave radio broadcasts and coaches' radio and television shows, market print advertising in various athletic department publications and on the official athletics department website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com, and handle sales for all advertising signage in university athletic facilities. The university is guaranteed an annual rights fee and will share in additional revenues.
In 2003-04, Tulane football, men's basketball and coaches' show broadcasts will be heard simultaneously on WTIX-FM (94.3) and WTIX-AM (690), thoroughly covering the New Orleans market. For basketball, three other stations made up the Tulane/ISP Radio Network, including affiliates in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
In addition to being heard on the radio, Tulane Basketball game broadcasts, as well as the coach's radio show, can be heard on the internet via the Green Wave's Offical Athletics Website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com, and on the telephone thanks to Teamline, at 800-846-4700, team code 0647.
The Tulane coaches' television show, "Tulane Basketball With Coach Shawn Finney" features highlights of the previous week's games and Head Coach Shawn Finney's comments, along with player features and a look ahead at the upcoming opponent.
Each week during the basketball season, fans can talk directly to the head coach on the weekly Tulane Coaches' Call-In Show which is broadcast live from Superior Grille on St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans every Monday night beginning at 7 p.m.
Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., ISP Sports is the exclusive multi-media rightsholder for the University of Central Florida, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Houston, Marshall, Ohio, Southern Mississippi, Syracuse, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Additionally, ISP is a joint venture partner with Learfield Communications as the exclusive multi-media rightsholder for Alabama, Missouri, Syracuse and Villanova.
The company, which was founded in 1992 by current CEO and President Ben Sutton, also became affiliated this past year with the PGA when it was named the sales and marketing representative for the PGA Tour's newest event, the Marconi Pennsylvania Classic.
Wade Howell, a native of Atlanta, Ga., who previously worked for ISP properties at Alabama and Missouri before spending 2000-2001 at Florida State, is the general manager of the Tulane ISP office.
Voice of the Green Wave
Returning for his second season as the Voice of the Green Wave this year is St. Louis native Sean Kelley. The 31-year old Kelley joined the Tulane ISP Radio Network last year after having worked with the Missouri Tiger Radio Network since 1999. He worked in a variety of areas at Missouri in that time, serving as host of the Tiger Gameday and Scoreboard Show in football, handling both play-by-play and color analyst duties in men's and women's basketball, and doing all play-by-play of Missouri baseball. During that time he also worked as corporate sports director and as a sports anchor for KFRU radio in Columbia, where he hosted the Missouri Basketball Coaches Show.
Prior to his stint at Missouri, Kelley attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and covered the Salukis for four years.
Broadcasting influences come easy for Kelley. Growing up in St. Louis, he fell in love with the craft listening to the likes of Jack Buck and Dan Kelly. Both showed Kelley the importance of an accurate and entertaining call on the air, as well as an active role in the community. For home games, Kelley will be joined by color commentator Steve Barrios, the long-time color man for Green Wave football broadcasts. A three-year letterwinner for the Wave football team (1969-71), Barrios was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.