Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2009

Whitworth University Pirates Join SWX's Lineup of Regional Sports Broadcasts

Television viewers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho will have the opportunity to watch one of the most successful college athletic programs in the region when the Whitworth University Pirates join SWX's lineup this fall.

SWX will air Whitworth football, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball games in the 2009-10 academic year under the agreement announced today.

"This partnership with KHQ and SWX allows us to expand our regional exposure for fans, alumni, parents and prospective students," says Whitworth Director of Athletics Scott McQuilkin. "We're pleased to know that people who can't attend our events in person can now see the quality of our teams from their own living rooms."

Spokane's KHQ launched SWX in January, offering regional sports and weather 24 hours a day. The station airs on channel 115 on Comcast, channel 306 on Time Warner and channel 287 on Charter cable in the Tri-Cities and Yakima. SWX has agreements to air games for Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Community Colleges of Spokane and the Spokane Shock in addition to Whitworth.

"This is an opportunity to showcase the success of Whitworth athletics to our television viewers," says SWX General Manager Bill Storms. "With Whitworth, SWX is getting to critical mass of having some great local sports to offer our community."

The Whitworth Pirates have had the most successful overall athletics program in the NCAA Division III's powerful Northwest Conference twice in the past four years, and they are leading going in to the spring sports seasons this year. Since 2000, 38 Whitworth athletes have been named conference players of the year for their sports. During the same period, more than 20 Whitworth athletes have been named Academic All-Americans and five Pirate teams have led the NCAA Division III in GPA in their respective sports.

The Pirate programs to be showcased on SWX have contributed to that success. The football team won back-to-back conference championships in 2006 and 2007, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III championship in 2006. Men's basketball won conference titles in 2007 and 2008, advancing to the sweet 16 in 2008 and to the second round in 2007 and 2009. Women's basketball has logged eight consecutive winning seasons, and the volleyball team won the conference title in 2005.

"Across the board, our coaches have built tremendous programs by recruiting students who embody the term 'student-athlete'," said McQuilkin.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Scott McQuilkin, director of athletics, Whitworth University, (509) 777-492 or smquilkin@whitworth.edu

Bill Storms, general manager, SWX, (509) 448-4663 or bill.storms@khq.com.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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