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Pitt football games will be broadcast on the Pittsburgh ISP Sports Network, including flagships 3WS 94.5 (WWSW-FM) and Fox Sports Radio 970 (WBGG-AM), with Bill Hillgrove serving as the Voice of the Panthers for the 34th consecutive season and former Panthers great Bill Fralic handling color commentary.

The broadcasts include two hours of pre-game programming: First and Long, presented by Enscoe and Long Insurance Group, a 30-minute show featuring Pitt athletic director Jeff Long with host Rob King of FSN Pittsburgh; and 90 minutes of analysis with Hillgrove, Fralic and King on the Geico Panthers Pregame Show.

It also includes the hour-long Baierl Automotive Postgame Show hosted by Hillgrove and Fralic, with highlight recaps and live interviews with coaches and players; and Panther Hotline, an hour-long call-in show on the flagship stations.

The weekly Dave Wannstedt Show will air live on Fox Sports Radio 970 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from the Pittsburgh Steak Co. at 1924 E. Carson St.

&#149 Pitt will play host to “The Ultimate Showdown Battle of the Marching Bands” Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Petersen Events Center, a prelude to the Pitt-Grambling football game at Heinz Field the following day.

Presented by WAMO-FM (106.7), and hosted by Nephew Tommy from the Steve Harvey Show, the event will showcase local high school marching bands in competition for cash prizes of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.

Bands interested in participating should call 412-302-3433. Tickets are $30 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission and can be purchased through all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 412-323-1919.

The main attraction will be the Pitt and Grambling bands, and not necessarily in that order. Both bands will be on display when Pitt plays Grambling at noon Saturday.

&#149 Lastly, the Pitt media relations department has announced the promotions of the always helpful Sophia Duck and Celeste Welsh to media relations coordinators, with Tim Will joining as a graduate assistant.

Duck, a 2003 Pitt grad, will handle Pitt’s Olympic sports of volleyball, softball, tennis and swimming and diving. She is the chief editor of Pitt’s varsity media guides.

Welsh, who previously worked in public relations with the Montour School District and at Duquesne University, plays an instrumental role in coordinating Pitt’s press box and press row operations for football and basketball and handling credentials for both sports. She is an editor of the 2007 Pitt football program.

Will earned a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in business and communications and rhetoric this past May, and was a media relations intern last school year. He will handle publicity for Pitt baseball, cross country, gymnastics, wrestling and track and field teams.

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