Maine Sports Network, LLC announced it has reached an agreement to air its syndicated local programming, including sports radio talk shows, local high school and small college sports game coverage, on Nassau Broadcasting signals 1470 AM in Lewiston/Auburn and 870 AM in Portland. 1470 and 870 are the first affiliates to the new programming

“Three years ago, we laid out a plan to get our sports coverage, coverage we think everyone enjoys, out to the entire state. We are very happy that Nassau is on board with us, and are even happier that they understand our vision,” said MESN’s chief operating officer Matthew Boutwell.

Programming starts Aug. 6 with Saturday and Sunday sports talk shows that run 8 a.m. to noon, featuring Boutwell and MESN’s chief executive officer Jeff Schools on a show titled “The Offensive Line.”

Boutwell and Schools recently completed a successful two-year stint at Atlantic Coast Radio on the popular “Weekend Warm-Up” show. On Sept. 2, they will add Friday programming to the network, featuring a 10 a.m. to noon show with WCSH 6’s Lee Goldberg titled “Calling All Sports” with Lee Goldberg,” then with Boutwell and Schools from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This will precede Friday night high school football game coverage, as MESN will broadcast a full slate of high school football this season (28 games including playoffs) and will include teams such as Scarborough, Windham, Cheverus, Leavitt, Lewiston, Edward Little, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth, among others.

High school basketball also will be broadcast, as well as select small college games. Forecaster sports editor Michael Hoffer, who was the lead voice of last year’s high school sports coverage, is expected to return in that same role this season, while expanding his role among the shows.

“We felt the move was necessary as we look to gain control of our brand, branch out into other sports, and continue to build the Maine Sports Network name,” said Tom Nolette, Maine Sports Network’s chief financial officer.

The format of the new venture will be called “The Long Weekend,” and will be available to other markets in the state for syndication.

“We are actively looking for other markets, from the top of the state to the bottom of the state, who want our content, whether it’s the shows or the game coverage,” said Boutwell. “The goal is to get this into as many as communities as we can, and really make this a 100 percent local product and get these kids the exposure they deserve.”

“Taking our approach from Channel 6 of covering local sports and bringing it to the radio is a great opportunity,” said Goldberg. “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Jeff, Matty and Tom as we make sports history in Southern and Central Maine.”

“We feel we already have a great group, and by adding guys like Lee Goldberg to the mix and expanding Michael Hoffer’s role, we have a formula for success in place,” said Schools.

MESN won the Ron Brown Award for Outstanding High School Basketball Coverage from the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches last season.

For more information, contact Matt Boutwell at 332-7309, Tom Nolette at 210-1823, Jeff Schools at 319-9745 or visit them online at MaineSportsnetwork.com.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@villagesoup.com.