Huskies football and basketball radio broadcasts will return to KOMO AM 1000 and FM 97.7 beginning this fall after a 12-year run on KJR Sports Radio 950. The deal begins with the football opener Aug. 30 in Hawaii and runas through the 2020 season. Terms were not disclosed.
KOMO, which claims to be the Northwest’s only all-news radio station, had the contract from 1978 to 2002, except for three years from 1986-88.
KOMO TV and radio, including stations KPLZ and KVI, were purchased for $373 million by Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting in April 2013. There had been industry speculation that Sinclair may sell off the radio stations, but winning the bid suggests otherwise.
Bob Rondeau will remain as Huskies play-by-play voice for football, along with former UW quarterback Damon Huard as color commentator.
“We are excited about this new partnership with the KOMO News Network and the exposure it will provide the University of Washington through radio, television and digital,” Andre Riley, general manager of Washington IMG Sports Marketing and former Huskies receiver, said in a release. “KOMO’s multi-platform distribution will help more Husky fans hear game broadcasts through AM and FM simulcast signals, and will also allow for more UW coverage in the community throughout the year.
“I would also like to thank KJR for their many years of partnership.”
Janene Drafs, vice president and GM of Sinclair Radio Seattle, said in the release, “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the Huskies back home to KOMO Newsradio. As a UW alum, I am proud and honored to once again be partnering with this outstanding athletic and academic institution.”
The Mariners and Seahawks rights belong to ESPN 710. The loss of the Huskies is a blow to KJR, which lost the Sonics contract after the team left Seattle for Oklahoma City in 2008.