Michigan IMG Sports Network

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Michigan IMG Sports Network
Type Radio network
Country United States
Headquarters Ann Arbor, Michigan
Broadcast area
Michigan
Ohio (limited)
Owner IMG College
Affiliation Michigan Wolverines
CBS Radio
Affiliates 46 (including 1 flagship)
Official website
Michigan football affiliates
Michigan basketball affiliates

The Michigan IMG Sports Network is an American radio network consisting of 46 radio stations which carry coverage of Michigan Wolverines football and men's basketball. WWJ/Detroit (950 AM) serves as the network's flagship station. The network also includes 45 affiliates in the U.S. states of Michigan and Ohio: 28 AM stations, 4 of which extend their signals with low-power FM translators; and 17 full-power FM stations (WXYT-FM/Detroit and WQQO/Toledo generally only broadcast Michigan content over their HD Radio digital subchannels).[1][2][3]

Announcers[edit]

Football[edit]

Former Michigan offensive tackles Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf cover football; Brandstatter serves as play-by-play announcer, while veteran NFL broadcaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Dierdorf serves as color analyst. Prior to 2014, Brandstatter had served as color analyst for 34 seasons – first with Michigan announcer Bob Ufer, and later alongside Frank Beckmann.[4][5]

Basketball[edit]

Detroit radio and TV personality Matt Shepard currently serves as play-by-play announcer for men's basketball, joined by color analyst Terry Mills, a former Michigan power forward and NBA league veteran.[6][7]

History[edit]

Michigan's relationship with IMG College dates back to March 2001 when the school signed a five-year deal with Host Communications, Inc., a sports marketing firm based in Lexington, Kentucky; the deal was predicated to generate $7.5 million in advertising revenue from Michigan football and men's basketball radio broadcasts through 2005–06 (this partnership with Host would ultimately remain in place for the next seven years). In 2007, IMG College purchased Host Communications; in August 2008, IMG announced a new 12-year media rights deal with Michigan reportedly worth $86 million, including gameday radio broadcasts.[8][9]

WJR/Detroit had served as the network flagship station for Michigan football since 1976 (with sister station CKLW serving as backup for those times when Detroit Tigers baseball games took precedence) and men's basketball since 1997. In October 2005, WJR announced a new deal to broadcast rival Michigan State football and men's basketball, while simultaneously dropping its long partnership with Michigan. The news came as a surprise to the Michigan athletic department, including director Bill Martin, who claimed the school had acted "in good faith" throughout months of negotiations with the station. Michigan soon signed a new five-year deal with CBS Radio and CHUM Limited (later CTVglobemedia), owners of WOMC/Detroit and CKLW/Windsor, respectively. In August 2011, new Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon announced a five-year contract extension with CBS Radio, with the majority of network flagship coverage shifting to WOMC AM sister station WWJ.[10][11][12]

Station list[edit]

Callsign Frequency Band City State Network status
WWJ 950 AM Detroit Michigan Flagship
WQBX* 104.9 FM Alma Michigan Network affiliate
WFYC** 1280 AM Alma Michigan Network affiliate
WZTK* 105.7 FM Alpena Michigan Network affiliate
WTKA 1050 AM Ann Arbor Michigan Network affiliate
WWWW-FM 102.9 FM Ann Arbor Michigan Network affiliate
WBXX* 104.9 FM Battle Creek Michigan Network affiliate
WTOU** 930 AM Battle Creek Michigan Network affiliate
W274AQ** 102.7 FM Battle Creek Michigan n/a (simulcasts WTOU)
WCUZ* 100.1 FM Bear Lake Michigan Network affiliate
WSJM 1400 AM Benton Harbor Michigan Network affiliate
WSJM-FM* 94.9 FM Benton Harbor Michigan Network affiliate
WKAD 93.7 FM Cadillac Michigan Network affiliate
WKYO** 1360 AM Caro Michigan Network affiliate
WIDL* 92.1 FM Cass City Michigan Network affiliate
WGTO** 910 AM Cassopolis Michigan Network affiliate
W266BS** 101.1 FM Cassopolis Michigan n/a (simulcasts WGTO)
WMKT 1270 AM Charlevoix Michigan Network affiliate
W272CR 102.3 FM Petoskey Michigan n/a (simulcasts WMKT)
WHKW* 1220 AM Cleveland Ohio Network affiliate
WXYT-HD2
WXYT-HD3*
97.1 HD2
97.1 HD3
FM Detroit Michigan Network affiliate
WDBC 680 AM Escanaba Michigan Network affiliate
WTRX 1330 AM Flint Michigan Network affiliate
WBNZ** 92.3 FM Frankfort Michigan Network affiliate
WGHN* 1370 AM Grand Haven Michigan Network affiliate
WOOD 1300 AM Grand Rapids Michigan Network affiliate
WQON 100.3 FM Grayling Michigan Network affiliate
WIAN** 1240 AM Ishpeming Michigan Network affiliate
WKHM 970 AM Jackson Michigan Network affiliate
WQLR 1660 AM Kalamazoo Michigan Network affiliate
WQTX 92.1 FM Lansing Michigan Network affiliate
WKZC 94.9 FM Ludington Michigan Network affiliate
WHLX* 1590 AM Marine City Michigan Network affiliate
W288BT* 105.5 FM St. Clair Michigan n/a (simulcasts WHLX)
WDMJ** 1320 AM Marquette Michigan Network affiliate
WOOD-FM 106.9 FM Muskegon Michigan Network affiliate
WNBY 1450 AM Newberry Michigan Network affiliate
WNIL** 1290 AM Niles Michigan Network affiliate
WWTH 100.7 FM Oscoda Michigan Network affiliate
WMBN 1340 AM Petoskey Michigan Network affiliate
WHLS* 1450 AM Port Huron Michigan Network affiliate
WHAK 980 AM Rogers City Michigan Network affiliate
WHAK-FM 99.9 FM Rogers City Michigan Network affiliate
WSGW 790 AM Saginaw Michigan Network affiliate
WKNW** 1400 AM Sault Ste. Marie Michigan Network affiliate
WBET 1230 AM Sturgis Michigan Network affiliate
WQQO-HD2 105.5 HD2 FM Toledo Ohio Network affiliate
W264AK 100.7 FM Toledo Ohio n/a (simulc. WQQO-HD2)
WTCM* 580 AM Traverse City Michigan Network affiliate
WCCW** 1310 AM Traverse City Michigan Network affiliate
WHKZ* 1440 AM Youngstown Ohio Network affiliate
Gray background indicates low-power translator
* football only
** men's basketball only

Network map(s)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press release (August 8, 2011). "Michigan Signs Five-Year Extension With CBS Radio". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2014. WWJ Newsradio 950 AM will serve as the flagship station for football and men's basketball starting this season. 
  2. ^ Quinn, Brendan F. (August 30, 2014). "It's Gameday! Michigan opens against Appalachian State, with 2007 still a fresh memory". MLive.com. MLive Media Group. Archived from the original on September 4, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014. Radio: Michigan IMG Sports Network, WTKA-AM (1050) in Ann Arbor, WWJ-AM (950) in Detroit... 
  3. ^ Vuolo, Jr., Art (October 7, 2011). "Michigan Football returning to Detroit FM via HD". Michiguide.com. Michiguide.com. Archived from the original on November 29, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2014. ... WXYT-FM, which already has WWJ-AM (950) on their HD-2 channel, has now fired up a HD-3 channel with a simulcast of WXYT-AM (1270) which recently flipped to all-talk... but when the University of Michigan is playing football the pre-game, the game itself, and the post-game show will all be on WXYT-FM HD-3! 
  4. ^ "Dierdorf to Join Brandstatter in Radio Booth for Michigan Football". Detroit.CBSLocal.com. CBS Local Media. April 17, 2014. Archived from the original on July 17, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. Brandstatter, who has served as the team's color commentator on the flagship radio broadcast for the past 34 years, will handle play-by-play duties, and Dierdorf will provide color commentary. 
  5. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (April 18, 2014). "Jim Brandstatter thrilled for new challenge in Michigan radio booth alongside Dan Dierdorf". MLive.com. MLive Media Group. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. ... becomes just the third full-time play-by-play Wolverine radio broadcaster since 1945. The former Michigan offensive lineman will follow the recently retired Frank Beckmann, who took over for the late Bob Ufer in 1981 after Ufer's 36-year run in the booth. 
  6. ^ "Former All-American Terry Mills Joins Michigan Radio Crew". Detroit.CBSLocal.com. CBS Local Media. October 27, 2013. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2014. Mills joins lead play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard. In addition to all U-M's game broadcasts, Mills is scheduled to assist with the Inside Michigan Basketball Radio Show. 
  7. ^ Quinn, Brendan F. (October 25, 2013). "Terry Mills to join Michigan basketball radio crew as analyst". MLive.com. MLive Media Group. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2014. Mills was the 16th pick in the first round of the 1990 NBA draft by Denver Nuggets and went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA. His career took him to Denver, the New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. 
  8. ^ Blade wire reports (March 21, 2001). "UM Guaranteed $7.5M". The Toledo Blade. Block Communications. p. C4 - City. The University of Michigan said yesterday that it has signed a deal guaranteeing the school $7.4 million in advertising revenue for its football and men's basketball radio broadcasts. The deal with Host Communications Inc. of Lexington, Ky., would pay the university a minimum of $1.3 million for the 2001-2 season, rising to $1.6 million for 2005-6, Michigan said in a news release. 
  9. ^ Heuser, John (August 5, 2008). "University of Michigan inks $86 million deal with IMG College to manage sports marketing". MLive.com. MLive Media Group. Archived from the original on June 18, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 2014. The University of Michigan athletic department has struck a marketing and media rights deal with IMG College that will bring the department at least $86 million during the 12-year length of the contract. ... Last fall, IMG College purchased Host Communications, which has controlled Michigan's radio broadcast rights the past seven years. In addition to the game day radio broadcasts, IMG College will manage and market rights associated with... 
  10. ^ Blade staff (October 16, 2005). "Coyotes' Hull puts end to career - Scored 741 goals in 19-plus seasons". The Toledo Blade. Block Communications. p. C3 - Sports. Detroit radio station WJR (760 AM) has announced a five-year deal to broadcast Michigan State football and basketball games beginning in 2006. WJR's announcement apparently took University of Michigan officials by surprise. The radio station has broadcast Michigan football games since 1976 and UM basketball games since 1997. 
  11. ^ "CKLW, WOMC Ink Michigan Football Deal, Beckmann Remains Voice". AllAccess.com. All Access Media Group. May 25, 2006. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014. ... despite the team's move from WJR to crosstown Chum Ltd. Talk CKLW-A and CBS Oldies WOMC for the 2006 season. 
  12. ^ Meinke, Kyle (August 8, 2011). "Michigan athletic department announces 5-year radio deal with CBS less than month before football opener". The Ann Arbor News. MLive Media Group. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014. The University of Michigan athletic department announced today it has reached a five-year contract extension with CBS Radio. ... The agreement comes less than a month before the Wolverines will face Western Michigan in its football opener Sept. 3. Michigan's previous five-year deal with CBS, which was signed in 2006, had been allowed to expire. 

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