Hornets Join Saints In Signing WWL-AM As Flagship Radio Station
The Hornets have signed a multiyear radio deal with Entercom Communications to broadcast all Hornets games live on WWL-AM beginning with the '12-13 season. Play-by-play announcer Sean Kelley will be joined by first-year color analyst John DeShazier (Hornets). In New Orleans, Dave Walker noted the team and WWL have "signed a three-season deal," uniting Saints and Hornets Owner Tom Benson's "local sports properties on one signal." Hornets games "aired for several years" on KMEZ-FM before moving last season to WMTI-FM. Entercom New Orleans VP & GM Chris Claus on Friday said that the deal "became possible when Benson bought the NBA team earlier this year." Claus noted, "Prior to that, WWL's contract with the Saints precluded the station from broadcasting another local professional sports team's games" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 8/4).