NRG Media and 1620 The Zone Continues Partnership; “Maverick Minute” and Soccer Mark New Additions

OMAHA, Neb. – NRG Media and 1620 The Zone continues its affiliation with the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks as the two introduce a new multi-year partnership; announced today by Omaha Athletics’ multimedia rights holder, Learfield’s Omaha Sports Properties.

Omaha sliderAs part of the Omaha Sports Network, overseen by Learfield, NRG Media, 1620 The Zone, and 1180 Zone 2 is dedicated to carrying all hockey and basketball games as well as adding select men’s and women’s soccer games and the UNO Maverick Minute shows (to be heard on 1180 AM, 1620 AM and 1290 AM) during hockey and basketball seasons. Details on the station’s respective sports coverage is as follows:

All hockey and men’s and women’s basketball games will air on1180 Zone 2 (KZOT 1180 AM) and stream on In the event of a hockey conflict, any and all basketball games will be heard on1620 The Zone (KOZN 1620 AM) or Newstalk 1290KOIL and streamed on Additionally, select men’s and women’s soccer games will be carried in Spanish on La Nueva KMMQ 1020 AM, and the broadcasts also will stream live on the station’s site

“This continues to be a fantastic partnership for the 1620 The Zone Platform as our listeners are deeply rooted in UNO Athletics as a hometown team, and this coverage will allow them to always stay in touch with the Mavericks,” said Andy Ruback, General Manager of 1620 The Zone and Market Manager for NRG Media in Omaha.

nrg_logo2007omaharadiogroup3According to UNO Vice Chancellor of Athletics Trev Alberts, “We’re very happy to continue our relationship with NRG Media, a recognized leader in sports broadcasting in Omaha. Whether over the air or through streaming audio, NRG Media’s stations have provided a reliable home for Omaha Athletics, and our fans will be able to continue following our basketball and hockey teams when they can’t be at a game.”

1620 The Zone is the top-ranked sports/talk station in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro. The Zone features award-winning talent such as Gary Sharp and Damon Benning who co-host Sharp and Benning in the Mornings airing weekdays from 9-11 a.m., Nick Bahe as host of Game Time with Nick Bahe airing weekdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and John Bishop and Josh Peterson who co-host the long-running sports/talk show Unsportsmanlike Conduct airing weekdays from 2-6 p.m. All programming can be heard online at and on the 1620 The Zone smartphone apps.

“We’re proud to continue our partnership with UNO Athletics. This is an exciting time to be involved with the Mavericks, and we are looking forward to delivering quality programming for the fans!,” explains Gary Sharp, co-host of Sharp and Benning in the Morning on 1620 The Zone and play-by-play announcer for UNO Men’s basketball.

NRG Media is dedicated to providing great local radio and is committed to being an active and integral part of the communities in which it serves. In Omaha, NRG Media owns 1620AM The ZONE, 1180 ZONE 2, Q98.5, Power 106.9, 101.9 The KEG, NewsTalk1290 KOIL-AM and La Nueva 1020. NRG Media consists of 45 radio stations throughout four states in the Midwest – Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois.

University of Nebraska Omaha is one of 120 collegiate properties represented by Learfield. The company’s rich history includes over four decades of developing trusted, long-term relationships with some of the most revered institutions and associations in the world of college sports. Additionally, it titles the Learfield Directors’ Cup and offers its partners professional concessions and ticket sales; licensing and trademark consulting; digital platform expertise; and venue signage and technology systems through its owned companies.