Thursday, March 16, 2017

UMD Football, Men's Hockey Moving to Midwest Communications for 2017-18, Beyond

UMD has announced a three-year deal with Midwest Communications for radio rights to football and men's hockey. Press release is below. Very excited to get the word out on this, looking forward to what we'll be able to put together for the fall of 2017. 

This changes nothing for the remainder of men's hockey season, with all games on 92.1 The Fan and streamed here. More to come on plans for the new home, including the coaches' show format, player segments, and the possibility of other sports -- i.e. volleyball, women's hockey, basketball, etc. -- being on the air. We'll dive into all of that once the weather gets nice and stays that way. 😁
Midwest Communications and University of Minnesota Duluth Athletics have agreed on a three-year partnership for the radio rights to UMD men's hockey and football beginning with the 2017-18 season. Those sports will air on KDAL 610 AM and 103.9 FM as part of the Bulldog Radio Network. KDAL has a long and rich history with UMD Athletics, having been the radio home of Bulldog men's hockey for 49 seasons (1960-2009). 
"We're very excited that we were able to come to terms with UMD for a new multi-year sports agreement here at Midwest Communications. It will be great to have UMD returning to KDAL," said Midwest Communications director of sales Scott Christensen. "We've had a very good working relationship with the University and are delighted to be able to broadcast UMD Athletics action across the Northland."
Besides carrying all Bulldog men's hockey and football home and away games, Midwest Communications plans to air a number of UMD coaches shows and weekly segments with Bulldog student-athletes. Midwest Communications may also broadcast other UMD sports events at various times of the year.
"UMD Athletics is very pleased to enter a partnership with the Midwest family of radio stations to bring the Bulldog men's hockey and football broadcasts back to their long-time home," said UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo. "In addition, we are excited about all of the ways Midwest Communications will be able to tell the great stories of our impressive 400-plus student-athletes from 16 teams achieving excellence in the classroom, competition and community through the broad reach of this strong partnership."

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