September 17, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have signed a multi-year deal with iHeartMedia New Orleans to broadcast all Pelicans games live on WRNO 99.5 FM beginning with the upcoming 2015-16 season.
The broadcast team features play-by-play announcer Sean Kelley, who begins his eleventh season with the Pelicans, and color analyst John DeShazier, who returns for his fourth season with the team. Victor Howell will serve as an alternate color analyst for select regular season games while DeShazier serves his role as Senior Writer and Digital Media Contributor for the New Orleans Saints.
In addition to full game coverage, the agreement includes a pre-game and post-game show, plus a weekly coach’s show on Thursday nights with Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry hosted by Sean Kelley. Pelicans studio host Daniel Sallerson will broadcast the latest updates from pre-game, halftime and post-game live from the radio studio at the Smoothie King Center.
“We’re excited to announce a new radio partnership with iHeartMedia New Orleans and are thrilled about the opportunity to broadcast all Pelicans games live on WRNO 99.5 FM,” said Pelicans Owner Tom Benson. “We couldn’t be happier about this partnership for Pelicans fans.”
“iHeartMedia New Orleans, especially WRNO 99.5 FM, is excited about our new partnership with the New Orleans Pelicans,” said Nicky Sparrow, iHeartMedia New Orleans’ Senior Vice President of Sales. “iHeartMedia New Orleans, with its eight leading brands and with the largest audience in the New Orleans metro area, are very proud to be the new flagship radio partner of the New Orleans Pelicans.”
iHeartMedia New Orleans’ eight leading brands will market and promote Pelicans basketball to the New Orleans metro area, as well as throughout Louisiana and the Gulf South Region. iHeartMedia New Orleans is the leading media outlet in the New Orleans market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio — with its more than 700 million downloads, more than 75 million social media followers and 87 million digital uniques across the network