The Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago’s WGN Radio announced today that they have agreed on a three-year broadcast rightsholder extension. The agreement will keep Blackhawks hockey on the 50,000-watt radio powerhouse through the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season.
WGN Radio has been the flagship station for the Blackhawks since the start of the 2008-09 campaign. The partnership united two historic Chicago institutions that have been part of the city’s fabric for over 80 years.
“The Blackhawks brand has experienced substantial growth over the past two years due in part to the massive reach and presence of WGN Radio,” said Jay Blunk, Blackhawks Senior Vice President of Business Operations. “The Blackhawks are fortunate to have an exceptional working relationship with such legendary call letters as WGN.”
WGN Radio’s 50,000-watt signal reaches 38 states and Canada, and offers live Internet streaming available worldwide. John Wiedeman serves as the Play-By-Play Announcer for Blackhawks hockey on WGN Radio while Troy Murray serves as the Color Analyst. Head Coach Joel Quenneville, General Manager Stan Bowman and several players make frequent appearances on the station’s different shows.
“WGN’s partnership with the Blackhawks was built on belief. From our previous relationship with John McDonough and Jay Blunk, we knew when Rocky Wirtz hired them, this was going to be big,”said Tom Langmyer, Vice President and General Manager of WGN Radio. “Since then, we have both worked hard in rebuilding our respective brands in Chicago. Our listeners love the Blackhawks and we will continue to deliver the best for Blackhawks fans.”
The Blackhawks will launch the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they face the Nashville Predators in the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals beginning at the United Center on Friday, April 16 at 7:30 P.M. Chicago is the second seed in the Western Conference, marking the first time in 13 years the club will make consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances. The Blackhawks finished the regular-season first in the conference with a franchise-record 52 wins (52-22-8) and second with a franchise-record 112 points while capturing the Central Division title, its first division crown in 17 years. The Blackhawks also earned a club-record 23 road wins during the regular-season.