Austin CW affiliate KNVA will air five Texas State University football games this year.
The matchups set to be broadcast include:
Sept. 8: Texas Southern (6 p.m.)
Oct. 6: Louisiana (6 p.m.)
Oct. 27: New Mexico State (6 p.m.)
Nov. 10: Appalachian State (3 p.m.)
Nov. 24: Arkansas State (3 p.m.)
David Saltzman and Keith Moreland will anchor the broadcasts, joined by sideline reporter Megan Birdsong.
“KXAN and The CW Austin are committed to bringing more exciting local programming and sports content to the local communities that we proudly serve across Central Texas,” Eric Lassberg, vice president and general manager of sister stations KXAN, KNVA and KBVO, said in a written statement. “College athletics are unique in that strong bonds are formed between students and alumni across multiple generations based on shared traditions and a continued passion for their athletic teams. As a result, we are thrilled to partner with Texas State University to deliver unprecedented viewing experiences and coverage of these five exciting games to local viewers and Bobcats fans throughout Central Texas.”
Austin radio station 1300 The Zone, which lost its bid to keep University of Texas sports broadcasts, has unveiled plans to air Texas State University football and men’s basketball this fall instead.
UT games will shift this year to the Austin Radio Network, which owns 104.9 The Horn, Classic 105.3, 98.5/99.3 KOKE-FM and Comedy 1260 AM.
Each Texas State broadcast will feature a pre-game and post-game show, according to 1300 The Zone. The station will also air a “Bobcat Minute” segment each weekday.
“This gets two recognizable names together to sell Texas State University,” said Texas State Athletics Director Larry Teis. “Having Texas State in the Austin market on a recognized sports talk station is great not only for the athletics department, but for the university as well. This is an example of the types of win-win partnerships that we hoped to create when we moved to the FBS.”
The first game to air will be this Saturday, when Texas State’s football team takes on Florida State. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
“We couldn’t be happier about teaming up with Texas State,” said Patrick Davis, senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Austin, owner of The Zone. “With a football team that was bowl-eligible last season and an up-and-coming basketball program, the future is very bright for the Bobcats and we’re excited to go on the ride with them.”
Look for several Texas State University basketball and baseball matchups to air on Austin TV station KBVO in the coming weeks.
The games, which will be produced by sister station KXAN, start this month and continue into April.
“We are very excited to continue our relationship with KXAN and expand our presence in the Austin market,” said Larry Teis, Texas State’s athletics director. “KBVO is a great platform to reach our current fan base, and gives us the opportunity to expose our brand to an entirely new base of potential Bobcat fans and students.”
The full schedule:
Jan. 31: Women’s basketball vs. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2 p.m.
Jan. 31: Men’s basketball vs. University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: Men’s basketball vs. UT Arlington, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 26: Men’s basketball vs. Troy, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 28: Men’s basketball vs. Arkansas State, 4:30 p.m.