Big Red Radio Network Announces Partnership With Clear Channel Louisville

Bowling Green, Ky. — The Big Red Radio Network — the home of Western Kentucky University football, men’s and women’s basketball on the radio — announced Tueday that it will enter into a nine-year agreement with Clear Channel Communications to broadcast Hilltopper football and men’s basketball games in Louisville.

WKJK-AM (1080) will carry all Hilltopper football contests, beginning with Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. (CDT) kickoff against West Virginia Tech at L.T. Smith Stadium/Jimmy Feix Field.

“We’re thrilled that Clear Channel has chosen to add WKU sports to their Louisville programming, joining the two other premiere sports programs in Kentucky in their line-up.  This multi-year agreement will ensure a high visibility for Western football and basketball, and will give our broadcasts a home for many years to come,” Steve Newberry, the President of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, said. “We greatly value our relationship with Western Kentucky University, and we are extremely proud of the quality of the broadcast product that partnership has created.  To have Clear Channel recognize the quality and value of our product by entering into such an agreement is quite a compliment, and we will constantly work to exceed their expectations.”

“We are happy to add a new sports property to our list.  Western Kentucky University enjoys a proud sports tradition, and we’re pleased to provide a new home for their broadcasts in Louisville,” said Clear Channel Communications regional vice president Kentucky/Indiana Earl Jones. “Clear Channel appreciates the opportunity to continue to serve the state of Kentucky with great sports programming on 1080, WKJK-AM.  The football schedule has been announced, and the basketball schedule is soon to follow.  We look forward to a great relationship.”

Other Big Red Radio Network stations carrying Western football games in 2005 include: WPTQ-FM (103.7), the flagship station for Topper football; WANY (106.3 FM/1390 AM) in Albany; WBRT-AM (1320) in Bardstown; WMMG (103.5 FM/1140 AM) in Brandenburg; WTCO-AM (1450) in Campbellsville; WAIN-AM (1270) in Columbia; WIEL-AM (1400) in Elizabethtown; WEKT-AM (1070) in Elkton; WSON-AM (860) in Henderson; WTTL-AM (1310) in Madisonville; WLBQ-AM (1570) in Morgantown; WLME-FM (102.9) in Owensboro; and, WPKY-AM (1580) in Princeton.

“The Louisville market — with tens of thousands of alumni, students, and friends of WKU — is critical to our athletic program,” said WKU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig. “Our new long term partnership will aid WKU greatly in our effort for increased visibility and exposure to this most important audience. We are extremely excited about the future together with WKJK and know our listeners feel the same.”

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