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West side broadcasts expand
Cougar games carried by one of Northwest's strongest signals
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
By Bill Stevens, WSU Athletics
SEATTLE - Cougar football and menís basketball will move to 710 (AM) ESPN Seattle radio beginning this fall - providing expanded coverage to Cougar fans in western Washington of the Washington State IMG College Radio Network.
In addition, the Cougars will feature a new football broadcast team.
Cougar gameday broadcasts will include a two-hour pregame and one-hour postgame football show and 30-minute pre and postgame shows for men's basketball.
710 ESPN will air a weekly season-long segment featuring Washington State University head coach Mike Leach during the "Kevin Calabro Show with Jim Moore,Ē along with special Cougar Athletics programming on both 710 ESPN Seattle and KTTH 770 AM. In addition, a WSU section and archived game podcasts will be highlighted on the 710 Sports page of MyNorthwest.com.
In the first year of a three-year agreement, which began in fall 2011, Cougar football and menís basketball games were heard exclusively in the Seattle area on 770 KTTH AM. Starting in September, 710 ESPN will broadcast the games. Conflicts will air on 770 KTTH AM.
"Our first year in partnership with Bonneville (Seattle Media Group) provided unprecedented coverage of Cougar football and menís basketball,Ē said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. "To have our games broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle, one of the strongest radio signals in the Pacific Northwest, allows Cougar fans greater access to be part of this exciting time in WSU Athletics.Ē
Returning for his 46th season calling Cougar football, future hall-of-fame broadcaster Bob Robertson will be partnered in the booth with Bud Nameck, who transitions from sideline reporter to help call the game action. Jessamyn McIntyre, 710 ESPN Seattle producer, will make her debut as the Cougar sideline reporter. New to the broadcast team will be Shawn McWashington, former Cougar wide receiver, who will provide game analysis.
"We are excited and proud to be able to provide our sports fans with Washington State Cougar football and basketball play-by-play,Ē said Dave Pridemore, 710 ESPN vice president and general manager. "Iím confident our audience will enjoy our expanded coverage of Pac-12 Athletics.Ē