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Princeton Athletics, WPRB To Partner For All Tiger Radio Broadcasts; Sadak Replaces Loney As Men's Basketball Voice

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 08/15/2007
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Princeton University and Princeton Broadcasting Service have entered into an agreement that makes WPRB FM 103.3 the home for Princeton athletics on the radio. All Princeton regular-season and post-season games in football, men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse will be heard on WPRB. These broadcasts, as well as broadcasts for most women’s basketball, men’s hockey and women’s lacrosse games, will be available on www.goprincetontigers.com, again with no fee for audio.

The first broadcast will be the Sept. 15 football game against Lehigh featuring play-by-play voice Ed Benkin, who returns for his seventh year as play-by-play man for the Tiger football team. Benkin will also return for men’s hockey and women’s lacrosse broadcasts.

John Sadak, who formerly had done Princeton women’s basketball games, will replace Dan Loney on play-by-play for the Princeton men’s basketball team. Sadak, who filled in for Loney for one game a year ago, will make his full-time debut this November with home games against Central Connecticut and Iona before traveling to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.

"I am thrilled at the opportunity to announce Princeton University men's basketball this season," Sadak says. "I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as the women's announcer for the Tigers, and I look forward to my future experiences with the men's squad. I recognize and appreciate the history and tradition that makes Princeton basketball so very special, and hope to offer our listeners enthusiasm, class and detail in every game."

Sadak is a graduate of Rowan College who currently is the voice of the Wilmington Blue Rocks Single-A baseball team, and he has previously done play-by-play for the University of Delaware’s women’s basketball team and for Northeast 10 Conference football. He will be joined by Jerry Price, who will be in his 19th year of broadcasting Tiger men’s basketball. Price will also be the play-by-play voice for Princeton men’s lacrosse in the spring.

Derek Jones will take over for Sadak as the primary voice for webcasts of Princeton women's basketball. Yariv Amir will again be part of the hockey webcasts.

The arrangement between WPRB and Princeton will also allow Princeton students to gain experience in sports broadcasting in a variety of ways. Princeton students will broadcast other sports live on WPRB and will also stream webcasts of football, men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse games on wprb.com. Students will also have the opportunity to be involved on the Princeton Athletics WPRB broadcasts, including hosting extended pre- and post-game shows.

"This is a very exciting agreement for WPRB," said Bill Rosenblatt, president of Princeton Broadcasting Service. "Through this partnership with Princeton Athletics, we're able to assure students, area alumni and fans of the Tigers that 103.3 FM is the one place to find Princeton football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse on the radio. And it befits WPRB's educational mission that the University's broadcasters will mentor our own sports staff in all aspects of play-by-play and sports reporting. More than ever before, the Tigers have a home on WPRB."

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