Aggie fans who enjoy listening to football and men’s basketball games on the radio are in for a big change this upcoming season.
For those driving in vehicles, pre-set stations will have to be changed. Those not on the road will have to stay tuned exactly to where they can listen to Utah State games in certain parts of the state. It could be a challenge for those living in Cache Valley.
That’s because KVNU will no longer be airing games. The longtime Cache Valley radio home for Aggie games is no longer the flagship station and will not air them as an affiliate.
Friday afternoon Utah State announced via a press release that a partnership with Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment has been reached. KZNS 1280 The Zone, based in Salt Lake City, will be the new flagship radio station for Aggie athletics beginning this fall.
The announcement came from USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell and Learfield’s Aggie Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holder for USU athletics.
“This partnership with Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment will give Utah State athletics more control over advertising, coaches’ shows locations and overall production of each broadcast,” Hartwell said in the press release. “This will also give USU athletics additional advertising opportunities throughout Cache Valley and the Wasatch Front to promote Aggie athletics.”
The announcement came a day after KVNU was told the news. Eric Frandsen, vice president of operations at the Cache Valley Media Group, released a statement shortly after USU went public with the new radio flagship station Friday.
“On Thursday, May 18, KVNU learned that it would not have the opportunity to continue a 60-year tradition of being the flagship station of Utah State sports,” the statement from Frandsen said. “We were surprised and disappointed that KVNU and the Cache Valley Media Group were never given an opportunity to renew as the radio flagship with Learfield Sports, the Missouri-based company which controls the multi-media rights for USU. A deal was signed with a radio station in Salt Lake City before KVNU was given a chance to give its own proposal.”
Learfield Sports is the company that does the negotiating for USU athletics.
KZNS 1280 The Zone will air all Aggie football and men’s basketball games on 1280 AM and 97.5 FM, while all USU women’s basketball games will be streamed live on the internet. The Aggie women’s games had been broadcast on a Cache Valley Media Group station.
“The Zone Sports Network has been a radio partner of Utah State athletics for the past six years,” said Jeremy Castro, Senior Vice President of Broadcasting of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. “We are thrilled…