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West Virginia Blazers Partner With Local Media

December 8, 2008 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - West Virginia Blazers News Release

Bluefield, WV. The ABA WV Blazers have partnered with 99.5 WJLS-FM "The Big Dawg," to promote the Blazers' mission in Southern WV to provide drug and crime prevention programs to at-risk youth. "We are very pleased to be working with WJLS; they have a great reputation for helping in the community and working with organizations that serve families in southern WV," stated Cindy Preast, GM of the Blazers. "They are very well known and well respected. We think it's a great partnership and we are grateful to them for their willingness to work with us." Donna Romine of WJLS worked with the Blazers to coordinate the partnership.

While ESPN Radio 1050 WAMN, The Sports Addict Radio Network, will be providing play-by-play for all of the Blazers' games, WJLS will be providing community support through doing on-air promotions, on-air giveaways and coverage of community events in which the Blazers are involved. Sports Director Maris Lowery will be listing Blazer games on his morning show. Sports Show and the Blazers will be doing on-air interviews with Maris throughout the season. "The fact that 2 GREAT radio stations are working together with the Blazers shows what a great community this is," added Preast. "I really feel that this is the beginning of a great partnership," said Romine.

The Blazers will proudly display the 99.5 WJLS-FM banner, along with the ESPN 1050 WAMN banner, at all community and promotional events and during home games. The WJLS mascot, the "Big Dawg," will visit with fans during some of the home games. WJLS provides community service in WV in many ways, including live coverage of the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles and the Shady Spring Tigers basketball games. For more information, visit or

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