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(July 27, 2007) East Tennessee State has found its wide-ranging frequency, including Bristol and Southwest Virginia.

Buccaneer Sports Network is expanding men’s basketball coverage to FM radio through WKOS 104.9. It will be the first time in school history men’s basketball will be broadcast over FM radio, ETSU announced on Thursday.

"We had the biggest complaints [about not hearing the basketball games] in Bristol," said Jay Sandos, Buccaneer Sports Network Director. "... It covers a large area and that’s why we teamed up with Citadel Broadcasting."

The Bucs formerly aired on WJCW-AM 910.

The coaches show will be available too on WKOS. Overall, ETSU Director of Athletics Dave Mullins sees it as a positive way of expanding Bucs sports on another level.

"This has been one of our goals for several years," Mullins said. "It’s a way to expand our fan base as we become a stronger regional university."

Since men’s games are not shown live anymore on television, it’s possible that some of that gap can be filled on FM radio, according to Mullins.

Women’s basketball and baseball have found a new radio home, too. A trio of AM stations and one FM translator will air those games: WKPT-AM 1400, WOPI-1490, WKTP-AM 1590 and 97.7 FM.

"It was pretty much just right here in Johnson City that people could here our [women’s] games," said ETSU women’s head coach Karen Kemp. "Now that we are expanding into Bristol and Kingsport, it’s going to help women’s basketball a lot.

"I think it will be a big selling point for us."

The former Pirate Club announced that its name will be changed to Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association. Its name change comes as a way to boost fund raising revenue for student-athletes.

Executive Director for BASA Jo Anne Paty said the club wanted a better name to describe its purpose. She also cited long-term plans to use the name in branding alumni organizations throughout the Southeast.

"After you hire your coaching staff, scholarships for players is the next greatest need," Mullins said.

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