Delaware Blue Coats

Professional partnerships play an important role in the development of our students. Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM is the official flagship radio home for the Delaware Blue Coats, the G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2021, nine students were part of the radio broadcast team handling play-by-play, color analysis, studio hosting and game producing for the Blue Coats Broadcast Academy powered by Rowan Radio.

Supplementary to the broadcasting opportunities, an additional 10 students were selected as front-office interns for the entire season, working for the team's website as writers, public relations assistants, and sales/marketing support, which included direct interaction with the Blue Coats executive staff.

“We are thrilled to begin this innovative relationship with Rowan University,” said Blue Coats President Larry Meli. “At its core, the NBA G League is all about developing talent, and that extends beyond the basketball court. We are excited to capture that spirit in our game broadcasts by providing the opportunity for students to put unparalleled, live professional basketball experience on their resumes.”

Dr. Sanford Tweedie, dean of the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts, which houses the Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact, said it is even more important to build relationships outside the classroom that can lead to student employment opportunities. “In a time of tight economic markets, it is critical that we continue to provide internship opportunities for our students, as we know these often lead to post-graduation positions,” Tweedie said.

WGLS-FM Station Manager Derek Jones said he’s particularly excited about yet another opportunity for students to build experience on Rowan Radio. “This partnership will give student broadcasters an opportunity to call basketball games for a professional organization, which is a unique experience,” Jones said. “They will be able to develop a skill set that will hopefully prepare them for future opportunities in sports broadcasting."