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.