The New Jersey Devils' AHL affiliate the Albany Devils partner with ESPN-affiliated radio station WTMM (104.5 FM), which will broadcast 38 games in the 2011-12 season.
Now, we all know that when ESPN has a sport or sports team on its television airwaves, coverage tends to increase. Apparently, the same does not hold for its radio affiliates.
Blogger Don Ferlazzo of the Albany Times-Union reached out to WTMM program director and show host Brian Noe about whether "the local ESPN affiliate would break tradition and allow hockey into the local sports talk conversation." The result of that email exchange was this Twitter exchange above.
Yes, that would hashtag "Get a hobby."
Local hockey fans are understandably a little cheesed off that the radio home for the Albany Devils wants them to take up stamp collecting instead of fighting for coverage. From Puck Daddy reader Laura Folos:
As a lifelong hockey fan with a son that now plays mite hockey, this media response to hockey is disgusting....