Xavier Athletics And Xavier Sports Properties Announce Five-Year Extension Of Clear Channel Radio Deal
Feb. 13, 2013
CINCINNATI --- -
Xavier University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Xavier Sports Properties, announced today a five-year extension of the radio agreement with Cincinnati-based Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, effective immediately.
Under the agreement, 700 WLW “The Big One” is home to Xavier men’s basketball games, marking a 30-year relationship between the news/talk station and the Xavier Musketeers. Additionally, Clear Channel’s WKRC “55KRC” will weekly air a one-hour Chris Mack Show, and its ESPN 1530 WCKY will broadcast The Musketeer Report, a daily radio segment on Xavier Athletics.
Since 1984, the 50,000-watt 700 WLW station has been bringing Xavier hoops to Midwest fans throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The top-rated radio station is a staple on Xavier’s Radio Network, which is overseen entirely by Xavier Sports Properties. At night, 700 WLW’s signal can be heard across much of the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada and as far west as Denver.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to extend our relationship with Xavier, capping off what already has been a legendary partnership,” said Chuck Fredrick, Market President of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Cincinnati. “There’s no doubt we will continue to deliver the quality game broadcasts our 700 WLW listeners expect, and we’re also committed to providing equally exceptional Xavier programming on our sister stations.”
Xavier University Athletic Director Mike Bobinski says “partnering with Clear Channel ensures the widest reach possible and provides a great platform to connect with our fan base. We’re very pleased to make this commitment for another five years.”
“There’s a lot to be said for this long-time radio partnership and we’re glad to have Clear Channel on board for another five years. We believe Xavier fans in the greater Cincinnati radio reach strongly agree,” said Tom Koenigsfeld, general manager for Xavier Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports.
About Learfield Sports:
In addition to Xavier, Learfield Sports manages multimedia rights and sponsorship for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations and titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Learfield Sports’ exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,000 radio stations. For more about its 40-year history and portfolio, visit learfieldsports.com.
About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Cincinnati:
Clear Channel Cincinnati owns and operates WCKY-AM, WEBN-FM, WEBN-HD2, WKFS-FM, WKRC-AM, WLW-AM and WSAI-AM and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 239 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at www.clearchannel.com.