Same Station, New Voice For Seattle Sounders FC On KIRO-F/Seattle
February 10, 2016 at 4:24 PM (PT)
MLS' SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC will for the first time split their TV and radio simulcast and produce separate broadcasts on the two media. BONNEVILLE News-Talk KIRO-F/SEATTLE will carry English-language play-by-play, with former pre-match/halftime/post-match host MATT JOHNSON returning to the team after two seasons away to call the action, accompanied by a rotating panel of analysts, including former SOUNDERS players DANNY JACKSON and WADE WEBBER and current SEATTLE UNIVERSITY head coach PETE FEWING.
JOHNSON is replacing ROSS FLETCHER, who exited after last season. Pre- and post-match shows will be hosted again by JASON RANTZ, and an hour-long SOUNDERS show will air at 9p (PT) THURSDAYS during the MLS season with RANTZ and JOHNSON hosting. SEA-MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER/SALEM Regional Mexican KKMO-A (EL REY 1360)/SEATTLE will be back as Spanish-language radio flagship, featuring "ZUPER" MARIO RODRIGUEZ and FELIPE MAQUEDA on the call.
TV coverage will continue on TRIBUNE MEDIA FOX affiliate KCPQ-TV (Q13 FOX) and MY NETWORK TV affiliate KZJO-TV (JOE TV), with KEITH COSTIGAN and KASEY KELLER in the booth; ROOT SPORTS will continue carrying the TV broadcasts outside the SEATTLE-TACOMA market, and SINCLAIR UNIVISION affiliate KUNS-TV (UNIVISION SEATTLE) will air the games in Spanish with JAIME MENDEZ and DIEGO ARRIOJA calling the matches.
“Not only are we proud to announce these agreements with our team of supportive and innovative regional broadcast partners, we’re also thrilled to be adding two incredible play-by-play talents to our broadcast staff in KEITH COSTIGAN and MATT JOHNSON,” said SOUNDERS FC COO BART WILEY. “In KEITH we’re adding a broadcaster with national and international experience from his time with FOX SPORTS MEDIA GROUP, while MATT brings a nuanced understanding of our club from his previous experience with SOUNDERS FC, in addition to an unrivaled background in the SEATTLE sports scene from the past 20 years in this market.”
“To come back to my hometown soccer club is an absolute dream come true. I would like to thank ADRIAN HANAUER, JOE ROTH and BART WILEY for extending this opportunity to me that I could not pass up,” said JOHNSON. “I remember watching SOUNDERS games in MEMORIAL STADIUM, the KINGDOME, and being part of that first MLS match in 2009 vs. the NEW YORK RED BULLS. To say that I’m coming back to SOUNDERS FC is a feeling I can’t put into words. I have traveled the world watching this great game, and the atmosphere in SEATTLE very much compares to every venue that I have been lucky enough to visit."