Wed. Apr 24th, 2019

New AFL Team Partners With ESPN 97.3

“The 2019 AFL season begins for Atlantic City on Saturday, April 27th in Philadelphia, with their first home game coming the following weekend against Columbus.”

Townsquare Media’s 97.3 ESPN in South Jersey announced they will serve as the flagship radio station for Atlantic City’s new Arena Football League team this spring.

“The partnership between the team and Townsquare Media couldn’t be a better fit,” said George Manias, COO of Atlantic City AFL. “Having our games aired on the go-to sports station in the market makes it easy for fans to find us on the dial. Their reach and format are ideal for what we are doing, and we will all benefit greatly from this partnership. All twelve regular season games, plus our playoff games will be on air, making it easy for fans to follow our journey to win a championship.”

97.3 ESPN host and producer, Nick Kosko will be the play-by-play voice for the new Atlantic City football team, also hosting the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows during the broadcast.  In addition to his in-game contributions, Kosko will host a weekly coaches show on 97.3 ESPN, featuring interviews with head coach Ron James and numerous players from the team.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be chosen as the voice of the Atlantic City AFL team as we embark on inaugural season,” said Kosko. “I have been a fan of the league for years and I am excited for this opportunity to bring a local flavor to all of our listeners and ensure they get the best coverage of this team and in the entire AFL. The season can’t come fast enough.” 

Kosko began working at 97.3 ESPN in 2018 after graduating from Rutgers University where he served as the Assistant Sports Director for the student radio station.  Kosko also contributed as a play-by-play voice for multiple sports at Rutgers including football, basketball and baseball.  Currently, Kosko hosts Friday Night Live and College Football Kickoff on 97.3 ESPN when high school and college football are in season.

“Having the Arena Football League back in Atlantic City is such a great opportunity for the local community as well as our tourism market,” said Michael Ruble, Market President of Townsquare Media South Jersey. “This group that has brought the AFL back is energetic and prepared. We are thrilled to be partnering with such a great organization and are excited for the upcoming season.” 

This year will mark the first time Atlantic City has an Arena Football League team since 2004.  The 2019 AFL season begins for Atlantic City on Saturday, April 27th in Philadelphia, with their first home game coming the following weekend against Columbus.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.