January 2, 2007

Jischke to discuss Purdue athletics

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke on Wednesday (Jan. 3) will discuss Purdue athletics and the role sports play in creating a pre-eminent university.

From 2-3 p.m. during WBAA radio's live call-in show "AM 920 Magazine," Jischke will field questions from host David Bunte and the listening audience.

So far this season, the men's and women's basketball teams have a combined 24-5 record. Under coach Joe Tiller, the Purdue football team has participated in nine bowl games over the past 10 years. Last semester, the soccer and volleyball teams both advanced to the NCAA tournament.

"Purdue athletics has enjoyed great success and has a wonderful reputation," Bunte said. "The enjoyment derived from the intercollegiate athletics program is very important to the overall campus environment and is a valuable part of the college experience."

Purdue's intercollegiate athletic program began with the baseball team in 1880. Purdue officials were instrumental in creating the Big Ten conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

To ask questions, local listeners can call (765) 496-1999. Listeners outside the local calling area can call toll-free at (866) 922-2101. WBAA's AM signal reaches approximately two-thirds of Indiana and can be heard globally via the station's Web site.

Jischke appears on the show monthly, typically on the first Wednesday of the month, to discuss community and university issues. Past interview topics have included Purdue's legislative agenda, Purdue Research Park and Purdue's strategic plan. Previous interviews are archived on the station's Web site.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262, jschenke@purdue.edu

Sources: Jim Vruggink, (765) 494-2086, jvruggink@purdue.edu

David Bunte, WBAA interim station manager,(765) 494-3961, dpbunte@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Photographers and videographers are permitted in the studio for the broadcast by contacting WBAA at (765) 494-5920 in advance. Reporters interested in asking questions before or after the show should contact Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, at (765) 494-2086, jvruggink@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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