|Bob Lipman & Chris Chandler|
DURHAM, N.H. – Wildcat Sports Properties (WSP), a property of Learfield Sports, announced Thursday that veteran sportscaster Bob Lipman and former University of New Hampshire wide receiver Chris Chandler will serve as the broadcast duo for the 2012 UNH football season on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.
Additionally, WSP announced the return of the UNH Coach's Show with head football coach Sean McDonnell. The Coach's Show, which premieres Sept. 3, will originate live from Buffalo Wild Wings at the Fox Run Mall in Newington on Monday nights during the regular season from 7-8 p.m. Fans can join coach McDonnell, host Mike Murphy and members of the Wildcat football team live on location or listen to the live broadcast on the stations along the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.
Lipman, who enters his second year on the network and first year as play-by-play announcer, is a two-time recipient of the New Hampshire Sportscaster of the Year award (1999, 2006). After working alongside UNH Hall of Famer Jim Jeannotte as color commentator in 2011, Lipman assumes the role of Voice of the Wildcats this season. The East Brunswick, N.J., native and Concord, N.H., resident has been broadcasting New Hampshire sports since 1984, including the past nine years with the Eastern League's New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and 10 seasons (2001-10) as part of the Dartmouth College football broadcast team. The Vanderbilt University graduate is the operations manager at WTPL Radio in Concord, where he also works as the producer and co-host of the Bob Lobel Show.
Chandler gears up for his radio debut after six seasons as a Wildcat from 2006-11. The two-time CAA Academic All-Conference Team member (2010-11) earned the team's Eugene K. Auerbach Student-Athlete Award last season. The Wakefield, Mass., native earned a master's degree in Business Administration with a focus in finance and entrepreneurship earlier this year; he graduated in May 2011 with dual bachelor of arts degrees in Earth Science and Economics. On the field, 18 of Chandler's 31 career receptions came in 2011, when he racked up 170 yards in 11 games, including 10 starts. He secured a career-high 63-yard touchdown reception in a 2010 NCAA second-round playoff victory at Bethune-Cookman. Prior to playing at UNH, Chandler was a 2,000-yard receiver at Malden (Mass.) Catholic High School before playing a post-graduate season at Bridgton Academy.
The Wildcat Sports Radio Network consists of flagship station WGIR (610-AM) in Manchester, which has been headquarters for UNH play-by-play since 2008. Network affiliates include the Wave (WQSO 96.7-FM) in Portsmouth, the Sports Animal (WPKX 930-AM) in Rochester, WNTK (99.7 FM) in New London and WSMN (1590-AM) in Nashua, plus all broadcasts are streamed live and archived via Stretch Internet at www.unhwildcats.com. All game broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
UNH opens its season at Holy Cross on Thursday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats' home opener is Saturday, Sept. 15, at 12 p.m. against Central Connecticut State. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.