Athletics News - UNLV
ESPN 920 Named New UNLV Flagship Station

August 17, 1999

LAS VEGAS - ESPN radio is the new home of UNLV athletics, the school announced Tuesday.

As the Rebels' flagship station, ESPN 920 AM will carry UNLV football, men's basketball and women's basketball games beginning this fall until at least the 2001-2002 season.

"We are very excited to have been awarded the UNLV broadcast rights," Tony Bonnici, vice president and general manager of Lotus Broadcasting Corp., said. "As big supporters of UNLV and Rebel athletics, we're looking forward to a relationship that's a winner for everyone."

The station is one of four owned locally by Lotus, along with KXPT-FM 97.1, KOMP-FM 92.3 and KENO-AM 1460.

"The enthusiasm that Lotus Broadcasting has displayed in entering into a partnership with UNLV has been more than encouraging," UNLV Director of Athletics Charles Cavagnaro said. "The fact that Lotus has multiple stations means that four unique audiences will be hearing our same message. That is a tremendous positive."

The UNLV football season begins with the broadcast of the Sept. 2 game at North Texas, which kicks off at 5 p.m. PDT. For the second consecutive season the broadcast team will feature play-by-play voice Tony Cordasco and game analyst Hunkie Cooper.

"We are very excited to be part of a radio station in town that is dedicated to an all-sports 
format and an organization with as great a track record as Lotus Broadcasting. Lady Rebel 
basketball is on the rise and we are excited to be part of Lotus Broadcasting's lineup."

UNLV FOOTBALL HEAD COACH JOHN ROBINSON: "I think Rebel football will thrive in its deal with ESPN 920. They have a true desire to not just be a radio station carrying the games, but a partner with the school."

UNLV MEN'S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH BILL BAYNO: "Lotus Broadcasting does an outstanding job of bringing sports coverage to the Las Vegas Valley. We are happy to be part of the Lotus team. We look forward to an exciting season of Runnin' Rebel basketball and for the opportunity for our loyal fans to hear all of the games on ESPN 920."

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