WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – IMG College announced Tony Caridi will return as radio play-by-play announcer for West Virginia University football and men’s basketball games and will host coaches’ shows for both sports.

Caridi also will host a WVU sports television show that is being developed.

Under terms of Caridi’s agreement, he will continue to appear on “Northside Automotive Statewide Sportsline,” a radio show airing weeknights from 6-7 p.m. Eastern on the West Virginia Radio Corp. network. WVRC has pending lawsuits against 10 members of the WVU administration—including athletics director Oliver Luck and two board of governors members—contesting the bidding of third-tier rights to IMG and two other financial arrangements of the past decade.

West Virginia University and IMG College recently formed a 12-year multimedia rights and sponsorship partnership including exclusive representation and management of game broadcasts and coaches’ shows beginning in the 2013-14 season.

“I’m excited to continue my relationship with the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG and the wonderful and passionate fans that love the Mountaineers,” Caridi said. “It’s an honor and privilege to be associated with a network that’s always been respected as one of the nation’s best, particularly as coverage of Mountaineer sports now expands.”

Joe Potter, IMG College’s senior vice president of operations, said bringing Caridi back to the booth was a high priority. “We’re absolutely thrilled Tony has committed to our broadcasts.”

Caridi is a multiple winner of the state’s Sportscaster of the Year Award. He began working with the former Mountaineer Sports Network in 1987 as a television play-by-play announcer and feature reporter. He assumed play-by-play duties for WVU’s sports network in 1997. A native of Lockport, N.Y., Caridi is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

 

 

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Comments

  • J.R. Skene

    Worst voice in radio. Terrible decision.

  • Snake Edens

    Would not be a great day to be a Mountaineer without Tony

  • Jason

    Glad Tony is on board. Guys chill on the radio. Before the season starts their will more radio coverage area's for Mountaineer games than before. Much more FM coverage. Plus every game streamed and televised. Why dont some of you true mountaineer fans buy a ticket and actually go to a game. This site has the worst commenters of any site out there. Same old 10 WVU fans and 2 Marshall fans just changing their post names. Pathetic.

    • Pete

      Jason, we don't buy tickets because we aren't "chill" like you.

    • Joe

      In case you hadn't noticed, you're one of them....lol!

  • Bill

    I was raised to the voice of Jack Fleming and loved watching the game while listening to Jack do his play by play, lets face it Caridi is no Jack Fleming, especially his calls on short yardage. I think Tony does his best job before and after the game.

  • Greenbrier

    Our household is thrilled beyond measure that Tony will be our special guest every time we listen to our Mountaineers. So glad IMG stood up to the big guys and is doing whats right.

  • leroy j gibbs

    Seriously what radio stations will carry the games???

  • Joe

    Why can't hop, kyle, etc. do their pregame shows anyway through WVRC production capabilities? IMG does not have a patent on the air or internet. To be honest, I associate saturday games far more with Hop and Kyle then I do with Tony, Jed, et al.

    Joe

    • JL

      They are.

  • Magic Mike

    Glad to see Tony hired. He is going to have a lot of pain this year as the loses mount up.

  • Phil M.

    It's a great day to be a Mountaineer.

    Keep up the good work Tony.

  • wvrefugee

    I wonder.......was the sponsorship for the Coaches show bid out again???? Under the agreement it should have been! Northside automatically gets it???

  • Mike

    Great News!!!

  • Gary

    I do not see any radio stations listed in Charleston or Morgantown. What gives? Also what has happened to the pre game guys? Coach Hunter, Kyle Wiggs, Hoppy and the like. Are they all gone? I live in Kentucky now and really look forward to them before each game. They are just as important as Tony in my book. I am glad Tony is being retained.

  • Shawn

    Hey listen it does suck for Hop! Classy guy to get on there and interview Tony like that. They can find a spot for him somewhere and I'll bet you money Tony has already expressed who he would like to work along side with.

  • john

    Jack Fleming was the best but since hes passed ill take Tony............

    • cutty77

      Tony couldn't carry Jack's Shoe's. Don't even compare the Two.Tony just went with which way the wind was blowing. He's like a Polictian. Belongs to The Church of Whats Happening Now. As for Hoppy he picked his poision.

      • JL

        Another mindless statement. Jack Fleming was an absolute icon. Old school all the way. Great writer and great voice - perfect descriptive terms especially in fast play by play. Better and more dramatic in football but very solid in basketball. He, however, never dwelled on the basics like ball position, score and time. You had to keep count in your head. Tony has good pipes - but not Jack Fleming pipes - but he is every bit as "good" when it comes to play by play description and the listener being able to immediately grasp what was going on.

  • hailey

    Glad TC is coming back but I certainly hope we can find a quality color analyst. It has been painful to listen to Wallace over the years. I want a person who calls it like it is and does not sugar coat everything