Univ./Nebraska Sports Move To Journal/Omaha
February 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM (PT)
JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP has inked a five-year deal with UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA sports rights holder IMG COLLEGE for Sports KXSP-A (AM 590 ESPN RADIO), Classic Rock KKCD (CD 105.9), and Rock KEZO (Z-92)/OMAHA to serve as the HUSKERS’ OMAHA affiliates, effective after the present contract with iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk KFAB-A expires on JUNE 30th. Football will air on KXSP and KEZO; men’s basketball on KXSP; women’s basketball, volleyball, and baseball on KXSP, with games bumped by schedule conflicts airing on CD 105.9; and the SPORTS NIGHTLY show weeknights 6-9p (CT) (6-8p FRIDAY) on KXSP.
IMG VP/Broadcasting CHRIS FERRIS said, “We are excited to have strong, consistent coverage with this new partnership giving fans the opportunity to listen to HUSKERS games across multiple sports. We’ll be bringing more fans HUSKERS women’s basketball and volleyball as well as baseball games. Partnering with an all-sports AM station will also increase NEBRASKA Athletics auxiliary programming along with expanded television exposure on JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP-owned KMTV Television.”
HUSKERS Associate Athletic Dir./Marketing and Communications DAVE WITTY, SR. said, “In preparing for a new radio rights contract, the University’s primary goal has been to maximize the number of athletics events available to our fans, ensuring the broadest broadcast signal coverage, and achieving greater exposure for all HUSKER sports. We appreciate the efforts of IMG and the proposal from JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP, which will now include coverage of the full HUSKER Baseball schedule in OMAHA. Additionally, we know that HUSKER fans will appreciate the opportunity to hear all three hours of SPORTS NIGHTLY programming in OMAHA and surrounding areas, which provides additional exposure for our Olympic sports as well as an abundance of programming outside of HUSKERS football. Our university’s teams, student-athletes, fans, and corporate supporters will all benefit.”
JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP EVP/Radio STEVE WEXLER added, “We are always on the lookout for opportunities to add compelling local content in our markets. The addition of UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA athletics on our stations in OMAHA is the latest example. I'm thrilled to add the HUSKERS to our menu of local, unique programming.”
JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP OMAHA VP/GM MARK HALVERSON said, “We are honored and excited to become a partner with IMG and the UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA. We look forward to showcasing NEBRASKA Sports on our radio stations, as the new OMAHA Home for the HUSKERS!”