Cleveland Browns Moving To 92.3 The Fan, WKNR, WNCX Trimulcast
March 28, 2013 at 6:35 AM (PT)
The NEWS-HERALD of WILLOUGHBY, OH's BOB FINNAN is reporting that CLEVELAND BROWNS football will move to CBS RADIO Sports WKRK (92.3 THE FAN) and GOOD KARMA Sports WKNR-A (ESPN 850)/CLEVELAND in an unusual deal that will put the play-by-play package on competing stations. The BROWNS have been airing on CLEAR CHANNEL Active Rock WMMS, but FINNAN reports that CLEAR CHANNEL dropped out of the bidding.
The CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER adds that the games will also air on CBS' Classic Rock WNCX, making the broadcasts a trimulcast. And CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS reports that WKNR will expand its "CLEVELAND BROWNS DAILY" from one to two hours daily.
In a release issued this mornng, the team said that the broadcasts will include a four-hour pre-game show on WKNR and a two-hour post-game show on 92.3 THE FAN. JIM DONOVAN and DOUG DIEKEN will be back to call the action, with JAMIR HOWERTON returning as sideline reporter.
“We are truly excited to partner with two companies that are so dedicated to CLEVELAND sports,” said BROWNS CEO JOE BANNER. “This setup ensures that our fans will continue to have easy and frequent access to our game broadcasts as well as extensive shoulder programming. Both ESPN 850 WKNR and 92.3 THE FAN are committed to all-Sports formats, and we are thrilled that the BROWNS will be a major part of their lineups on a year-round basis.”
“This model is one of the most expansive and innovative radio rights deals in the NFL and our fans will benefit the most,” added BROWNS Pres. ALEC SCHEINER. “Not only do we want to greatly enhance the gameday experience for our fans at the stadium, but we also want to give everyone who tunes in to our game broadcasts as many options as possible. We have heard from our fans how much they enjoy listening to JIM and DOUG bring them all of the game action each week, and we are ecstatic that they will continue to be the ‘voices’ of the BROWNS.”
“We couldn’t be happier that 92.3 THE FAN and 98.5 WNCX will help bring the excitement of CLEVELAND BROWNS football to fans across Northeast OHIO for many years to come,” said CBS RADIO CLEVELAND SVP/Market Manager TOM HERSCHEL. “92.3 THE FAN is committed to delivering the highest quality programming and putting fans in the center of the action both on and off the field. Our stations are looking forward to carrying on that tradition with the CLEVELAND BROWNS.”
"The CLEVELAND BROWNS are at the core of the passion of the CLEVELAND sports fan, so this partnership will provide official BROWNS programming and live play by play that our fans crave," said GOOD KARMA BROADCASTING Founder/CEO CRAIG KARMAZIN. "We are elated to partner with the BROWNS and CBS RADIO to give fans unparalleled access, entertainment and information at a time when interest in the NFL and the CLEVELAND BROWNS has never been higher."