MORGANTOWN. W.Va. — Jeff Culhane, following a six-year stint with the Nebraska Husker Sports Network, will become the new radio play-by-play voice for WVU baseball and women’s basketball, according to sources close to the situation.
It is the first change in on-air talent since IMG College purchased West Virginia’s third-tier media rights in June. Culhane declined comment Monday pending an announcement from IMG, which also owns Nebraska’s multimedia rights.
Along with hosting the “Sports Nightly” statewide talk show from Lincoln, Culhane has manned Nebraska’s baseball radio booth since 2010. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the play-by-play voice of South Dakota’s women’s basketball, while filling in on football and men’s basketball.
Travis Jones had handled WVU’s women’s basketball play-by-play duties for the past 12 seasons, while Kyle Wiggs was the lead broadcaster on Mountaineers baseball games since 1991 with the exception of 1994. Jones and Wiggs are both longtime employees of West Virginia Radio Corp., the parent company of MetroNews.
Jones has agreed to become the play-by-play voice for Fairmont State football and men’s basketball games next season, as well as hosting the Falcons’ coaches shows.
IMG College announced two weeks ago that Tony Caridi will continue as the play-by-play man on Mountaineers’ football broadcasts for a 17th season. The company hasn’t officially confirmed the complete broadcast team, though color analyst Dwight Wallace and sideline reporter Jed Drenning reportedly have offers to return.