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Clear Channel Communications to Broadcast Capitals Games

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
All 82 games to air on WTEM SportsTalk 980 or WTNT 570

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 29, 2006 – The Washington Capitals and Clear Channel Communications have reached an agreement that will put broadcasts of all 82 Capitals regular-season games, plus playoff games, on Clear Channel stations for 2006-07. WTEM SportsTalk 980 will be the flagship station for the broadcasts, which will include a 15-minute pregame show and a 60-minute postgame show, while WTNT 570 will carry any games not broadcast on WTEM.

“We're very excited to continue our relationship with the Caps,” Clear Channel regional vice president Dave Pugh said. “Ted Leonsis is committed to putting a winner on the ice and look forward to being a part that ride.”

Capitals radio play-by-play announcer Steve Kolbe returns for his 10th season of calling the action. Former Capital Ken Sabourin returns for his fourth season of providing analysis at all Capitals home games.

In addition to the game broadcasts, a new weekly one-hour Capitals magazine show will air from 7-8 p.m. on a weeknight, with dates to be announced. WTEM SportsTalk 980 will also air a 30-second Capitals Report four times each weekday from October through the conclusion of the team’s season. At least one weekly Capitals interview segment will air on both the Brian Mitchell Show (Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.) and the John Thompson Show (Monday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.).

WTEM plans to broadcast The John Thompson Show live from the Verizon Center before a Capitals game at least once a month. Other Clear Channel stations including DC101, 98.7 WMZQ, BIG 100.3 and Hot 99.5 will broadcast live at various times throughout the season as well. In addition, WTEM will air promotional commercials and announcements for Capitals community and charitable events each week.

“We are excited to partner with Clear Channel and its various radio properties,” said Ted Leonsis, chairman and majority owner of the Capitals. “In addition to our game broadcasts on SportsTalk 980 and WTNT, we are looking forward to various cross promotional opportunities with Clear Channel’s AM and FM stations. We currently enjoy a great relationship with DC101’s Elliot in the Morning Show and with WTEM’s John Thompson Show, and we plan to build upon those as well grow new partnerships.”

The Washington Capitals open the regular season next Thursday, Oct. 5, at the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. on WTEM SportsTalk 980. The home opener will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. against the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center. The game will air on SportsTalk 980 and DC101 will broadcast live from the concourse of the Verizon Center that night.
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