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Wild announces agreement with Skyview

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that the team has signed a new three-year agreement with Skyview Satellite Networks to continue to serve as the team’s official radio network provider through the 2010-2011 NHL season.


“Skyview is thrilled to extend our partnership with the Minnesota Wild, a premier franchise,” said Ken Thiele, President of Skyview Satellite Networks. “The Wild will continue to use our state-of-the-art technology to efficiently manage their radio inventory and build one of the largest radio networks in the NHL.”

Skyview Satellite Networks is a leading distributor of sports and news radio network programming.  It currently provides the radio network distribution for over 30 professional and collegiate franchises and the state news networks of California and Arizona in its line up. Founded in 1995, Skyview Satellite Networks is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and is focused on providing the solutions for managing radio networks. For more information visit www.skyviewsatellite.com.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Skyview Satellite Networks,” said Bill Robertson, Minnesota Wild Vice President, Communications and Broadcasting.  “Skyview is a big reason why we have been able to grow our radio network to over 30 affiliates.”

Skyview Satellite will utilize its F.A.S.T. (Flexible Audio Storage Technology) Network Automation and Inventory Management System to allow the Wild to control all radio inventories on its flagship station. The F.A.S.T system will give Minnesota control over advertiser scheduling, clearance and affidavit information providing the team with faster and more flexible client billing. In 2007-08, the Wild had the largest radio network in the NHL, with over 30 affiliates located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Canada. The team expects to have over 30 radio affiliates again this season.

WCCO Radio (830 AM) is the official flagship station of the Minnesota Wild. Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid are the radio voices of Wild hockey. In addition, every game will be broadcast via the Internet at www.wild.com.
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