WNMX Selected As Flagship Radio Station; Martin Named Radio Play-By-Play Announcer
WNMX – MIX 106.1 FM, a 33,000-watt station, will air all 82 regular Bobcats games plus the club’s eight preseason contests and any playoff action that Charlotte plays. In addition to the games, the station will broadcast a 30-minute pregame show, an extensive postgame wrap-up program and one hour per week of additional Bobcats programming.
“We are excited about our new partnership with MIX 106.1 and the addition of Steve Martin to our team. The station gives us a large reach in the Charlotte region, and allows the Bobcats to make an important connection with as many fans as possible,” Tapscott said. ”Steve is a well-regarded talent in the industry and he will bring a high level of professionalism to our franchise.”
WNMX – MIX 106.1 FM has been the radio home of the WNBA Charlotte Sting since 2000 and is now in its fifth season of broadcasting the Sting. The station also carries Duke University football and men’s basketball games, plus a portion of the Davidson College men’s basketball schedule.
“Since he was awarded the Charlotte NBA franchise, Robert Johnson has shown a commitment and helped place our city in the national spotlight. We are proud to be involved with the Bobcats and honored to be their flagship station,” MIX 106.1 General Manager Tom Gentry said. “Their choice of MIX 106.1 FM is a perfect fit for both parties and we look forward to our association with the team. Our involvement with the Charlotte Sting has been wonderful and we can’t wait for the Bobcats to begin play this fall.”
Martin joins the Bobcats with more than 35 successful years in sports broadcasting. His voice is well-known in North Carolina, where he handled broadcasting duties for the Charlotte Hornets and also calls Atlantic Coast Conference football and men’s basketball games for Jefferson-Pilot Sports.
This is the second time that Martin has joined an expansion venture as he was a member of the Hornets first broadcast team in 1988 as the club’s play-by-play announcer, before moving to the television booth. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Martin was responsible for broadcast operations, properties and developing the team’s radio network throughout North and South Carolina.
“I am thrilled to join the Bobcats and return to Charlotte on a full-time basis. The region is truly basketball country and I look forward to interacting with the large and passionate fan base,” Martin said. “I know how exciting it is to build a team from the beginning and the Bobcats organization has proven it operates in a first-class manner.”
A NSSA Sportscaster of the Year recipient in North Carolina in 1984, 1989 and 1997, Martin started in broadcasting in his native Millinocket, Maine at the age of 15. He spent the next 11 years in Bangor, Maine, and garnered the state’s NSSA Sportscaster of the Year honors in 1980. Martin and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Kate (18) and Cori (14).