Published on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 21:51
Three of Newsweb suburban FM radio stations, which normally air simulcasts of WCPT-AM's "Chicago's Progressive Talk" broadcasts, will break away from the simulcasting for 17 straight weekend afternoons this fall & winter. In its place, Newsweb will be airing 22 live NFL games.
The stations, WCPY-FM 92.5 in the western suburbs, WCPT-FM 92.7 in the northern suburbs, and WCPQ-FM 99.9 in the southern suburbs, will all air the same NFL broadcast each weekend. The games will air on Sundays every weekend, with the exception of Christmas weekend, where games will be heard on Saturday instead. Most weekends will have only one game airing, but there will be five weekends that will air two games back-to-back.
The new NFL broadcasting on the Chicago-based Newsweb FM stations begins with the first official Sunday of the 2011-2012 NFL season, Sunday September 11th. WCPT-AM will not be airing any NFL games and will continue its regular weekend programming. Only the three FM stations that simulcast WCPT-AM will air the football broadcasts.
The games, all of which will air live, will feature coverage by the NFL Networks' Brian Baldinger, former All-Pro and Chicago Bear Curtis Conway, former Dallas Cowboys players Dale Hellestrae & Tony Hill, Fox Sports Radio's Tim Cates, and Los Angeles' KLAC-AM's Matt "Money" Smith. None of the games aired will be Chicago Bears games, which are exclusively airing on WBBM-AM and WCFS-FM in the Chicago market.
Although a few games later in the season have not yet been finalized, here is the schedule for the WCPT/WCPQ/WCPY NFL broadcasts:
Sun, Sept. 11 -- Seattle @ San Francisco -- 2:45pm
Sun, Sept. 18 -- Dallas @ San Francisco -- 2:30pm
Sun, Sept. 25 -- New England @ Buffalo -- 11:30am
Sun, Oct. 2 -- Denver @ Green Bay -- 2:30pm
Sun, Oct 9 -- Seattle @ New York -- 11:30am
Sun, Oct 9 -- Tampa Bay @ San Francisco -- 2:30pm
Sun, Oct. 16 -- Philadelphia @ Washington -- 11:30am
Sun, Oct. 16 -- Dallas @ New England -- 2:45pm
Sun, Oct. 23 -- Kansas City @ Oakland -- 2:30pm
Sun, Oct. 30 -- TBA -- 11:30pm
Sun, Oct. 30 -- Washington @ Buffalo -- 2:30pm
Sun, Nov. 6 -- San Francisco @ Washington -- 11:30am
Sun, Nov. 6 -- Denver @ Oakland -- 2:30pm
Sun, Nov. 13 -- TBA -- 2:30pm
Sun, Nov. 20 -- Dallas @ Washington -- 11:30am
Sun, Nov. 27 -- Buffalo @ New York -- 11:30am
Sun, Dec. 4 -- TBA -- 2:30pm
Sun, Dec. 11 -- TBA -- 11:30am
Sun, Dec. 18 -- TBA -- 2:30pm
Sat, Dec. 24 -- TBA -- 11:30am
Sat, Dec. 24 -- TBA -- 2:30pm
Sun, Jan. 1 -- TBA -- 2:30pm
(TBA = To Be Announced at a later date. All times listed are Central Time Zone.)
Newsweb Director of Operations, Gavin Carroll said in a statement this evening: "We're excited to bring Chicago football fans games they normally wouldn't be able to hear. This is something that the serious fans will love."
Newsweb Radio Company is an independent, locally-owned company which owns nine radio stations in the Chicagoland area.