ASU Extends Radio Contract with EAB, Announces Football Game Replay Package
JONESBORO (7/28/09) - The Arkansas State University Athletic Department announced Tuesday it has extended its radio contract with East Arkansas Broadcasters and also secured an unprecedented agreement with area cable providers to replay ASU football games, which together will bring about a dramatic increase in the visibility of Red Wolves football and give the athletic department its largest coverage area in school history.
ASU teamed up with EAB last season that made KFIN 107.9 FM, a 100,000-watt radio station located in Jonesboro, the new flagship station and home of Red Wolves' football broadcasts. Last year's agreement placed ASU football broadcasts back on a 100,000-watt flagship station for just the second time in school history and the first time since games were aired on ASU's campus station, KASU. ASU football games were carried by KASU from approximately 1957-92.
"We are delighted we've been able to extend our radio contract with East Arkansas Broadcasters," said ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee. "The Red Wolves' fan base continues to grow and the Arkansas State Radio Network provides a first-class production that brings ASU sporting events to an ever-growing listening audience."
"East Arkansas Broadcasters is pleased to continue its commitment to the university, its athletic program and to help make the Arkansas State Radio Network as good as any other in the entire state," said Bobby Caldwell, owner and CEO of East Arkansas Broadcasters.
Along with affiliate station KABF 88.3 FM in Little Rock, the Red Wolves will have two 100,000-watt anchor stations broadcasting the games in 2009. KFIN's signal reaches parts of Tennessee, Missouri and a large portion of Arkansas, while KABF signal covers the entire Central Arkansas region.
Arkansas State Network's full list of affiliates includes KFIN 107.9 FM(Jonesboro), KABF 88.3 FM (Little Rock), KTLO 1240 AM(Mountain Home), KWYN 1400 AM (Wynne), KRLW 1320 AM (Walnut Ridge/Pocahontas), KRLW 106.3 FM(Walnut Ridge/Pocahontas), KWAK 105.5 FM (Stuttgart), KQEW 102.3 FM (Fordyce) and KOOU 104.7 FM (Hardy). The Arkansas State Radio Network's listening area now covers the entire eastern half of Arkansas from border to border as well as parts of west Tennessee and the Bootheel of Missouri, giving more ASU football fans the opportunity to follow Red Wolves football during the upcoming season.
In addition to its radio contract with EAB, ASU has reached deals with several cable providers, which have a total subscriber count of over 100,000 households and businesses, to replay its football games. The replays will be televised on the ASU campus and in over 110 towns and cities across northeast and central Arkansas as well as Missouri. ASU replays could only be seen in Jonesboro, Bay and on campus last year, marking an increase of over 100 towns and cities in 2009.
Among the cable providers that will air the game replays are Ritter Channel 17, Paragould Cable, IndCo Cable, Suddenlink (Jonesboro, Newport, Batesville, Heber Springs, Mountain Home, ASU TV), YHC TV, Poplar Bluff City Cable, Charter Cable and KTWN My Town TV.
"We expect a long-lasting and significant impact from our football game replays that will now be available to a much larger viewing audience, and we are grateful for the support and interest these many outstanding area cable providers are showing with this endeavor," said Lee. "This partnership makes ASU games available to many fans that were unable to watch the replays before and also allows us to showcase not only our athletic programs, but the university as well."
"We continue to grow and expand our valuable partnership with ASU as we continue to grow in Northeast Arkansas and other parts of the state," said Suddenlink System Manager Deanna Hornback. "This year we're pleased to launch access to replays of all ASU football games in Batesville, Heber Springs, Mountain Home and Newport, as well the communities we have provided ASU TV for in the Jonesboro and Pocahontas areas. Games from the previous weekend will be seen on our local programming channel at 7 p.m. the Thursday after each game. This is just another way we're proud to support ASU sports."
2009 ARKANSAS STATE RADIO NETWORK AFFILIATES:
KFIN 107.9 FM (Jonesboro)
KABF 88.3 FM (Little Rock)
KTLO 1240 AM (Mountain Home)
KWYN 1400 AM (Wynne)
KRLW 1320 AM (Walnut Ridge/Pocahontas)
KRLW 106.3 FM (Walnut Ridge/Pocahontas)
KWAK 105.5 FM (Stuttgart)
KQEW 102.3 FM (Fordyce)
KOOU 104.7 FM (Hardy)
ASU FOOTBALL GAME REPLAYS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING TOWNS THROUGHOUT THE 2009 SEASON:
Jonesboro, Paragould, Brookland, Bono, Bay, Walnut Ridge, Hoxie, College City, Pocahontas, Blytheville, Cassett, Cherry Valley, Dyess, Gilmore, Hickory Ridge, Joiner, Keiser, Lepanto, Luxora, Marked Tree, Osceola, Turrell, Tyronza, Wilson, Black Oak, Caraway, Cash, Fisher, Grubbs, Harrisburg, Lake City, Leachville, Manila, Monette, Swifton, Payneway, Trumann, Weiner, Newport, Jacksonport, Diaz, Tuckerman, Campbell Station, Hardy, Cherokee Village, Highland, Mountain Home, Bull Shoals, Cotter, Flippin, Gassville, Lakeview, Midway, Batesville, Desha, Moorefield, Southside, Sulphur Rock, Heber Springs, Eden Isle, St. Francis, Pollard, Piggott, Greenway, Rector, Lafe, Marmaduke, Searcy, Cabot, Conway, Mayflower, Beebe, Lonoke, Vilonia, Higginson, England, Des Arc, Poplar Bluff (MO), Cardwell (MO), Arbyrd (MO), Bloomfield (MO), Dexter (MO), Essex (MO), Bernie (MO), Malden (MO), Parma (MO), Risco (MO), Campbell (MO), Clarkton (MO), Holcomb (MO), Gideon (MO), Portageville (MO)
2009 ASU FOOTBALL GAME REPLAY BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
ASU-TV (For Suddenlink in Jonesboro, Bay, Walnut Ridge, Hoxie, Pocahontas) - Sunday at 5:00 and Tuesday at 7:00
Ritter Channel 17 - Sunday at either 7 or 8 and Thursdays at 5:00; after completion of St. Louis Cardinals' regular season, Thursday replay will move to Tuesday at 7:00
Paragould Cable - Tuesday at 7:00; Channel 6
IndCo Cable (Customers in rural Craighead and Greene Counties) - Tuesday at 7:00; Channel 8
Suddenlink (Newport) - Thursday at 7:00; Channel 15
Suddenlink (Batesville) - Thursday at 7:00; Channel 66
Suddenlink (Heber Springs) - Thursday at 7:00; Channel 17
Suddenlink (Mountain Home) - Thursday at 7:00; Channel 19
YHC TV (NewWave Communications) - Wednesday at 7:30
Poplar Bluff City Cable - Wednesday at 7:00; Channel 2
Charter Cable (Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village ) - Check local listings
KTWN My Town (White County Cable and Comcast) - TBD
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