This past February, following 26 years on WTIC-AM 1080, IMG Sports, the rightsholder of UConn athletics entered a new 10-year partnership with iHEART and ESPN 97.9 in Hartford to broadcast UConn sporting events.
Bob Joyce has been the voice of UConn women’s basketball since 2006 as well as the pregame, halftime and postgame show host for UConn football since 2005 on WTIC. Joyce will continue his run covering UConn sports as iHEARTMEDIA announced the broadcaster will be joining ESPN 97.9 as Executive Producer of UConn Athletics content.
“We are excited to have Bob Joyce on our team,” said iHEARTMEDIA Hartford Region President Steve Honeycomb. “Bob brings continuity and a high-quality professionalism to our UConn content. He is well known in the market and with UConn fans, and we are confident he will bring UConn sports broadcasting to new levels.”
Under his new title with ESPN 97.9, Joyce will continue to call UConn women’s basketball games and host the pre, post and halftime shows for Huskies football. Joyce will report to Program Director Ben Darnell and contribute to the station’s popular Rob Dibble Show.
Joyce expressed excitement in following UConn over to ESPN 97.9, stating, “I am honored and excited to join the iHEARTMEDIA family at 97.9 ESPN Hartford and continue my work with the UConn IMG Sports Network as the radio voice of the 11-time National Champion Women’s Basketball team. I look forward to continuing my working relationships while establishing many new friendships with the folks at iHEARTMEDIA and their listeners. Go HUSKIES!”