Cleveland Browns Enter Long-Term Radio Deal
BEREA, Ohio — There is no way you can say you missed any of the Cleveland Browns games in the future.
On Thursday morning, the Browns announced that they have reached a long-term partnership with two local all-sports stations: CBS RADIO’s 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM) and ESPN 850 WKNR, to broadcast all Browns games.
CBS RADIO’s WNCX (98.5 FM) will also carry live game action beginning in 2013, meaning Browns games will be heard live on three different radio stations throughout Cleveland, a one of a kind deal for the Browns and the NFL.
“We are truly excited to partner with two companies that are so dedicated to Cleveland sports,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner in a press release. “This setup ensures that our fans will continue to have easy and frequent access to our game broadcasts as well as extensive shoulder programming. Both ESPN 850 WKNR and 92.3 The Fan are committed to all-sports formats, and we are thrilled that the Browns will be a major part of their lineups on a year-round basis.”
The partnership will directly benefit Browns fans who will be able to get more information and have more access to the organization.
“This model is one of the most expansive and innovative radio rights deals in the NFL and our fans will benefit the most,” said Browns President Alec Scheiner in a press release. “Not only do we want to greatly enhance the gameday experience for our fans at the stadium, but we also want to give everyone who tunes in to our game broadcasts as many options as possible. We have heard from our fans how much they enjoy listening to Jim and Doug bring them all of the game action each week, and we are ecstatic that they will continue to be the ‘voices’ of the Browns.”
Long-time voices of the Browns, Jim Donovan (play-by-play) and Doug Dieken (analyst) will continue to serve in their current roles on game day. Both 92.3 The Fan and ESPN 850 WKNR, will carry a multitude of Browns programming elements and content throughout the year, including a weekly coach’s show which will air on both stations.
“Cleveland Browns Daily,” which is hosted by Vic Carucci and airs on ESPN 850 WKNR Monday through Friday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., will be expanding to a two-hour format at a time that will be announced in the near future. In all, there is expected to be more than 1,000 hours of Browns-related shows between the two stations on an annual basis.
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