Published on Thursday, 25 August 2011 14:42
Yesterday, Notre Dame University announced it had signed a three-year contract extension with WLS-AM for the station to continue airing Notre Dame Football and Men's Basketball games in Chicago. This new contract allows WLS-AM exclusive Chicago broadcasting rights through the 2013-2014 seasons.
Financial terms of the new contract have not been disclosed. All of the football and basketball games will air live.
With this contract extension, 890 AM will continue to air every single regular season Fighting Irish football game. Don Criqui and Allen Pinkett will announce all of the games. In addition to carrying the live feed from the Notre Dame ISP Sports Network, WLS-AM will have its own local pre-game show with host Chet Coppock. As mentioned on this site yesterday
, Coppock has signed on to return for a sixth season as host for WLS-AM's Notre Dame football broadcast pre- and post-game shows. As was the case in years' past, the 60 minute pre-game shows to be done as live remotes at drinking & eating establishments around Chicago. The first pre-game show and ND Football broadcast on WLS-AM this season will be on Saturday, September 3rd.
WLS-AM will also air a minimum of 25 games from the official Notre Dame Men's Basketball Radio Network, plus any post-season ND Men's Basketball games (if applicable). Jack Nolan and LaPhonso Ellis will announce all of the basketball games. WLS-AM is one of fourteen Midwestern stations that will air ND Men's Basketball games, with others located in smaller markets such as Michigan City/Gary, Rockford, DeKalb, Beloit, Janesville, Indianapolis, and of course, South Bend, where the famed University is located. The first basketball game to air on WLS-AM should be in mid-November, but the season schedule has not yet been finalized.
WLS-AM has carried Notre Dame sports broadcasts in the Chicago radio market since the 2006 football season began.
With a great many of Notre Dame's students coming from the Chicago area, and massive amount of ND alumni living here, this makes WLS-AM's decision to break from its usual talk format to air ND sports broadcasts a very wise business move for both the station and the University.