HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University and its athletics multimedia rights holder, Learfield Sports’ NKU Norse Sports Properties, announced today that ESPN 1530 will serve as the flagship station for 2014-15 NKU men’s basketball.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Cincinnati’s WCKY – Cincinnati’s home for ESPN 1530 – will carry men’s basketball games throughout the season. Fans can also listen to ESPN 1530 on the station’s website espn1530.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s all-in-one music streaming and digital radio service. In the event of a programming conflict, Clear Channel’s FOX Sports 1360 AM (WSAI) or 55KRC AM (WKRC) will carry the NKU games.
“We recognize the importance of extending the NKU brand to our radio listeners with a respected, quality station leader, and we’re excited to be partnering with Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530 to provide greater, exceptional coverage for our fans,” said NKU Director of Athletics Ken Bothof.
Norse Sports Properties oversees all aspects related to NKU Athletics’ rights, as well as the Northern Kentucky Sports Network, now also working with ESPN 1530 and Clear Channel’s two Cincinnati sister stations.
“With our new season starting soon, I couldn’t be more excited that NKU basketball fans will be able to catch the game action on ESPN 1530,” said NKU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dave Bezold. “Being aligned with Clear Channel and its Cincinnati-area radio stations will enhance the reach and promotion of our basketball program. And thanks to Learfield Sports for bringing this partnership together. I know our fans will be pleased, particularly with the range of the ESPN 1530’s coverage, which reaches up East and down into Florida at night.”
“We’re delighted to have Clear Channel Cincinnati join the Norse team as we deliver quality and exciting entertainment for all NKU fans to enjoy,” said Chuck Fredrick, President of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Cincinnati.
NKU Norse Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages the multimedia rights for nearly 100 collegiate properties and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with award co-founders NACDA and USA Today. Learfield’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. For more about the company, its 40-year history and comprehensive portfolio, visit learfieldsports.com.