iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced Tuesday a new multi-year broadcast agreement with the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning to broadcast games on 970 WFLA, beginning with the start of the 2014 – 2015 season. The agreement will run through the 2016 – 2017 season.
970 WFLA will carry all Tampa Bay Lightning regular season and postseason games as well as select Lightning pre-season games, while iHeartMedia station 1250 WHNZ AM will broadcast all Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football games. The Lightning and the Storm franchises are controlled by Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC, an entity controlled by Jeff Vinik.
In addition to the broadcast rights secured by iHeartMedia, 620 WDAE will provide expanded team coverage on the iHeartMedia sports talk station. More news, interviews and team-related content will also be available on the new Tampa Bay Lightning dedicated iHeartRadio station.
“We are extremely excited to have renewed our partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning,” said Sam Nein, Market President, iHeartMedia Tampa Bay. “The Lightning are one of the most respected brands in the Tampa Bay market and one of the premiere professional sports franchises in America. We are excited and proud to continue working with an organization that is as committed to our local community as they are to winning another Stanley Cup for their large loyal fan base."
iHeartMedia operates nine radio stations serving the Tampa / St. Petersburg DMA this new contract unites iHeart with the franchise that was recently ranked number six overall and first among all state of Florida professional franchises in the 2014 ESPN Ultimate Standings released September 19, 2014. ESPN ranked 122 professional teams in North America.
“All of us at Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment are excited to continue the partnership with iHeartMedia Tampa Bay and its great family of stations,” said Steve Griggs, President of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “We have maintained a great relationship for several years and we look forward to further growing our brand with iHeart, delivering more content to Lightning fans than ever before all across the radio dial.”
About iHeartMedia Tampa Bay:
iHeartMedia Tampa Bay owns and operates 970 WFLA, 620 WDAE, 1250 WHNZ, 93.3 WFLZ, 95.7 WBTP, 97.9 WXTB, 100.7 WMTX, 103.5 WFUS and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques for iHeartMedia Digital and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 859 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 50 million users faster than any digital music service and even faster than Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. For more information visit our website at iHeartMedia.com.
Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC
Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC is an entity controlled by Jeff Vinik and its holdings include the National Hockey’s League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm and the leasehold rights to the newly named Amalie Arena, the 19,204-seat downtown Tampa home in which the teams play their games. Vinik purchased the Lightning and the leasehold rights to the arena in March, 2010 and has since led a complete brand and business transformation, establishing the company as one of the leading sports and entertainment entities in the United States.