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Cumulus Re-Ups With The Arizona Wildcats

“Through their broadcast agreement, Wildcat football and men’s basketball will be heard on KCUB Sports Radio 1290 AM in Tucson along with FM music station, K-HIT 107.5.”

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The University of Arizona will continue their broadcast partnership with Cumulus Media.  In conjunction with Learfield IMG, Arizona Athletics and Cumulus Media announced a five year extended broadcast agreement.

“We are excited to continue our strong partnership with Cumulus, which has grown as the radio home of the Wildcats,” VP and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said in a statement. “Our Arizona Learfield IMG College radio affiliates have delivered game broadcasts and other great content to our loyal supporters in Southern Arizona. We look forward to continuing to Bear Down and Back the A alongside our outstanding fans for years to come through this terrific radio partnership.”

Through their broadcast agreement, Wildcat football and men’s basketball will be heard on KCUB Sports Radio 1290 AM in Tucson along with FM music station, K-HIT 107.5.  Women’s basketball and softball games will air on KTUC 1400, with 1290 carrying select men’s baseball contests.

“University of Arizona is as strong a brand as you will find in Tucson and across the country,” Cumulus Media Tucson VP Market Manager Ken Kowalcek said. “Its got great tradition, history, and it has tremendous appeal for our sponsors and advertisers. We could not ask for a better partnership than the ones we have with the University and Learfield IMG College.”

Through their partnership, Cumulus will also carry Arizona Athletics content beyond gameday broadcasts, which includes weekly coaches shows from Sean Miller, Kevin Sumlin and Adia Barnes.

“We have a long relationship with Cumulus, and this extension will enable us to ensure even better quality, more exclusive content, and enhanced game day broadcasts for Wildcat fans to enjoy throughout Southern Arizona,” Arizona Wildcat Sports Properties General Manager Joe Moeller said in the press release.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Joe Benigno Returns to WFAN

It was announced that Benigno would have a weekly call with WFAN Tiki and Tierney every Monday during the football season host on the weekends solo and with former partner Evan Roberts.

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On Friday’s Carton and Roberts, the show teased a major announcement and they delivered. Joe Benigno, a fixture at WFAN for 25 years, was returning to the station.

Benigno, who announced his retirement in October of 2020, is back in a more limited capacity than what was his previous afternoon timeslot. It was announced that Benigno would have a weekly call with WFAN midday show Tiki and Tierney every Monday during the football season. Also, he would be hosting both solo and with former partner Evan Roberts on the weekends.

“I think it was time to do something, and the opportunity to arose to be with my guy,” Benigno said. “Just doing it one day a week. I’m not looking to be back every day, but one day a week, a couple days a week, filling in, whatever. I’m ready to go. The opportunity to work with Evan once a week, I couldn’t pass it up.”

Benigno had been doing his own podcast, Oh the Pain, since last September. Benigno;s return will commence on Saturday, September 10.

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John Rooney Offers to Let Dan McLaughlin Call St. Louis Cardinals Postseason Action

“This is all John Rooney and the radio side,” Dan McLaughlin said. “He never had to do that. Ever. I was floored. I had no idea. I was emotional. All I ever wanted to do is call Cardinals postseason baseball.”

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When the Major League Baseball season ends and the sport switches to the postseason, national television takes complete control of the television product. No more regional sports networks. That’s not the case with radio calls, however, and it’s because of that the St. Louis Cardinals have the potential for a really special broadcasting moment.

The Cardinals are in a good position to make the playoffs and if they do, the team’s radio play-by-play voice John Rooney will step aside for the Cardinals’ television play-by-play voice to participate.

“This is all John Rooney and the radio side,” Dan McLaughlin said. “He never had to do that. Ever. I was floored. I had no idea. I was emotional. All I ever wanted to do is call Cardinals postseason baseball.”

Rooney said he was considering the idea after Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III brought it up to Dan Farrell, the man in charge of the team’s broadcast operations. Rooney then discussed it with the other on-air members of the radio crew.

“It was (unanimous) in thinking it was a great idea,” Rooney said. “Now is the time to do it.”

McLaughlin said that he was floored when the idea came up. “In a business that is so territorial, he had the ultimate class to ask me to join them,” McLaughlin said. “I will be forever indebted to John and the rest of the radio crew. They have been so good to me.”

Rooney said he will be glad to step aside a bit in the playoffs if the Cards get there.

“I’ve worked so much postseason over the years,” he said. “He needs to experience that.”

The idea came from the city’s hockey run to the Stanley Cup championship in 2019. Then, Chris Kerber (the St. Louis Blues’ radio voice) allowed John Kelly (the Blues’ the team’s television voice) to take over the play-by-play duties for the second period of the contests in the Finals.

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Yankees Announce John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman Talking Bobblehead Giveaway Night

On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

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On Friday, the New York Yankees announced a bobblehead giveaway that will honor the two radio legends that voice the team’s games. On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, the two longtime Yankees broadcasters.

The team made the presentation in a thirty second promotional video in which you see both John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman in the booth, listening to their talking bobblehead.

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