Spider IMG Sports Network
The Spider IMG Sports Network provides live audio coverage for University of Richmond football and men's basketball broadcasts.
The flagship station is ESPN 950, which airs all game broadcasts and coaches' shows. HANK-FM 93.1 enhances coverage throughout Central Virginia, and will air all game broadcasts. Both stations are in their 10th consecutive year with the Spiders in 2015-16, and both signed new, three-agreements in the summer of 2015. It marks the first time HANK-FM 93.1 has carried all game broadcasts, expanding from their previous night-time only schedule.
The Spider Sportsline is Richmond's weekly coaches' show. During football season, the show airs live with Head Coach Danny Rocco from Outback Steakhouse, 7917 W. Broad St. Tuesdays from noon-1pm. During basketball season the show airs live with Head Coach Chris Mooney from Joe's Inn Bon Air in the Bon Air Shopping Center on Buford Road, Mondays from 5:30-6:30pm. Both shows are broacast live on ESPN 950 and SPORTS FM 100.5.
Spider football and men's basketball broadcasts are also streamed live at no charge on RichmondSpiders.com and ESPN950am.com and available on the Spider Mobile App on iPhone, iPad and Android. Broadcasts are also streamed live on ESPN 950's mobile app and the TuneIn app.
Bob Black, Assistant Athletic Director/Communications, and a voice synonymous with University of Richmond athletics, provides the play-by-play account for Spider football and men's basketball broadcasts. He has called Spider athletic events since the 1983-84 basketball season. The 2015-16 season will be his 32nd consecutive football season, while the basketball season will mark his 33rd straight year.
During that span, Black has been behind the microphone for every NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game that Richmond has ever played, called the football team's run to the 2008 National Championship and the baseball team's appearance in the NCAA Super Regional in 2002. Black hosts weekly radio call-in shows with head men's basketball coach Chris Mooney and head football coach Danny Rocco on ESPN 950AM, SPORTS FM 100.5 and RichmondSpiders.com.
Considered one of the premier broadcasters in the state of Virginia, Black was honored with the 1997, 2000, 2008 and 2010 Virginia Sportscaster of the Year Award.
A 1981 graduate of Syracuse University, Black and his wife, Karen reside in Richmond. They have a son, Will (20), who is a junior at Roanoke College, where he is a two-time All-ODAC catcher on the baseball team, and a daughter, Sarah (25), a 2012 graduate of Bridgewater (Va.) College, where she rode on the equestrian team. Both children are graduates of Mills Godwin High School.
Former Spider captain and All-Conference standout Chris Anderson is returning to the Richmond football program as the new analyst for broadcasts on the Spider IMG Sports Network in 2015.
Anderson, who played defensive back for the Spiders from 1995-1999, replaces Jasmonn Coleman, who retired from the booth after ten seasons in order to focus on his game day duties with the Spider Club and as Assistant Athletic Director for Development.
Anderson was a four-year starter who earned three All-Conference selections and played on the Spiders’ 1998 Atlantic 10 Championship team that reeled off nine consecutive victories, the second longest winning streak in school history.
After graduating from Richmond, Anderson moved from the playing field to the coaching sidelines, joining the staff of former Spider standout Scott Burton at Highland Springs High School in Richmond. Anderson coached with the Springers from 2000-2005, mentoring more than 25 future college student-athletes.
When at home, Black and Anderson will occupy the Ray Tate Radio Booth at Robins Stadium.
Anderson, who graduated from Richmond in 2000, and his wife, Melinda, have been married for 14 years. The couple has two children, Ashley (12) and Caleb (6).
Joining Black and Anderson is sideline reporter Matt Smith '92, who returns for his 13th full season in 2015 of providing a field-level analysis of the game and postgame interviews from the Spider locker room. Smith also handles play-by-play duties for Spider women's basketball broadcasts. He has three children - Jillian, Owen and Wyatt.
On men's basketball broadcasts, former Spider guard Greg Beckwith '86, the program's all-time steals and assists leader, joins Black to provide analysis. Beckwith, a member of the University of Richmond Athletics Hall of Fame, was the starting point guard on the Spiders' first-ever NCAA team in 1984, and returned to the Big Dance his senior season in 1986. Greg, his wife Julie '87, and their children Brittany and BJ reside in Midlothian.
Studio producer and Spider Sportsdesk anchor Matt Josephs, like Black a Syracuse grad, rounds out the broadcast team, keeping listeners up-to-date with out-of-town scores and highlights.