UK Sports Network

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UK Sports Network
Type Radio network
Television network
Country United States
Headquarters Lexington, Kentucky
Broadcast area
Kentucky
Indiana (limited)
Ohio (limited)
West Virginia (limited)
Owner JMI Sports (UK Sports & Campus Marketing)
Affiliation Kentucky Wildcats
Affiliates 44 (Radio)
7 (Television)
Official website
Radio affiliates
Television affiliates

The UK Sports Network, historically known as the Big Blue Sports Network (BBSN) and also formerly known as the UK IMG Sports Network, is the radio and television network of the University of Kentucky Wildcats men's and women's sports teams. It consists of seven over-the-air television affiliates, two regional sports networks, and 44 radio stations in Kentucky and neighboring states.[1]

Except for the Blue/White game, beginning in the 2012-2013 season, all men's basketball broadcasts on Fox Sports South began to be produced by Fox Sports, using their graphics and music.

History[edit]

In 2007, HOST Communications, a college sports marketing company based in the university's home city of Lexington that had operated the Big Blue Sports Network, was purchased by the entertainment management company IMG. However, the name of the network did not change until the 2010–11 academic year.

Sale of media rights to JMI Sports[edit]

On June 23, 2014, University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart announced that JMI Sports, owned by former San Diego Padres owner John Moores, had been awarded the multimedia rights to all University of Kentucky sports teams. UK's contract with JMI Sports was to initially begin upon the expiration of the university's contract with IMG College in April 2015. The university's contract with JMI include:

  • Radio rights to UK's football, men's and women's basketball and baseball games (Television rights are covered by Southeastern Conference broadcasting arrangements, including the SEC Network);
  • Stadium and arena corporate signage and game programs for all home UK events, other than those hosted at Rupp Arena (Rupp Arena corporate signage is managed by Learfield Sports (Rupp Arena Sports and Entertainment Properties) under a contract with the Lexington Center Corporation, who manages the arena for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.);
  • Naming rights to university athletics facilities and premium areas;
  • Sponsorship on UKathletics.com;
  • Game sponsorships and game promotions;
  • Coaches' endorsements;
  • Pre and postgame television shows and specials and postseason highlight DVDs;
  • Video features on video boards, other than at Rupp Arena (which are also managed by Learfield Sports due to the same ownership and management reasons above);
  • Opportunities to develop UK Athletics Corporate Partnership Program; and
  • The potential, at the university's discretion, to market campus multimedia rights, creating the potential for an integrated approach to multimedia rights and marketing.[2]

On October 27, 2014, JMI Sports announced that they had bought out the final year of IMG's contract with the University of Kentucky. As part of that agreement with IMG, JMI immediately took over management of the entire University of Kentucky's Sports Marketing program, including the UK Sports Network.[3]

On-air personalities[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Tom Leach - play-by-play commentator (Football 1997–present, Men's Basketball, 2001–present) [4]
  • Mike Pratt - color analyst (2001–present) [4]
  • Neil Price - play-by-play commentator (Women's Basketball, 2005–present)

Former[4][edit]

  • Claude Sullivan, play-by-play commentator (men's basketball and football 1948-1967)
  • Cawood Ledford, play-by-play commentator (1953-1992)
  • Ralph Hacker - color analyst (1973-1993), play-by-play commentator (men's basketball 1993-2001, football 1993-1997)

Over-the air television affiliates[edit]

Current[edit]

City of license (Market) Station Channel Primary affiliation Notes
Bowling Green WBKO
WBKO-DT2
13.1
13.2
ABC
Fox
Campbellsville (Louisville) WBKI-TV 34.1 The CW [5]
Cape Girardeau, MO KBSI-DT2 22.2 MyNetworkTV Simulcast of WDKA/Paducah
Evansville, IN WTVW 7.1 The CW
Hazard WYMT-TV 57.1 CBS Semi-satellite of WKYT/Lexington
Huntington, WVA (Charleston) WSAZ 3.1 NBC
Lexington WKYT-TV 27.1
27.2
CBS
The CW
Flagship station of the network's television division
Paducah WDKA 49.1 MyNetworkTV Simulcast over KBSI-DT2/Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Former[edit]

City of license/Market Station Notes
Hopkinsville WKAG-CA This station went defunct in 2011.
Louisville WDRB Replaced by WBKI in 2016.
Salem, Indiana (Louisville) WMYO

Regional sports networks[edit]

Network Area Served
Fox Sports South Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Fox Sports Ohio Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Northwest Pennsylvania, West Virginia, southwest New York
FCS Atlantic Coverage areas of FS Ohio and FS South, plus Florida

Radio[edit]

All listed radio stations are sorted by city of license. Areas served by these stations will vary. Most affiliates air coverage of football and men's basketball, unless otherwise specified.[6]

Kentucky[edit]

City of license
(Area served)
Station [7][8] Frequency Notes
Lexington WLAP AM 630 Flagship station of the radio network
WBUL-FM FM 98.1 Secondary flagship station of the network
Ashland WCMI AM 1340
Benton WCBL AM 1290
Berea WLFX FM 106.7
Brandenburg WMMG AM 1140 Men's basketball coverage only
WMMG-FM FM 93.5
Bowling Green WGGC FM 95.1 Can also serve the Owensboro area, as well as much of northern Middle Tennessee, including some grade B coverage in the Nashville area
Burnside (Somerset) WSEK-FM FM 93.9
Cadiz WKDZ AM 1110 Football, men's and women's basketball broadcasts available. Daytime games only.
WKDZ-FM FM 106.5 [9] Also serves the Clarksville, TN/Hopkinsville, KY area
Campbellsville WCKQ FM 104.1
Columbia WAIN AM 1270
WAIN-FM FM 93.5
Corbin WCTT AM 680
WCTT-FM FM 107.3
Catlettsburg (Ashland, KY/Huntington, WV) WCMI-FM FM 92.7
Flemingsburg WFLE AM 1060
WFLE-FM FM 95.1
Frankfort WSTV FM 103.7
Grayson WUGO FM 99.7
Grand Rivers (Benton/Calvert City) WCBL-FM FM 99.1
Greenup WLGC AM 1520
WLGC-FM FM 105.7
Greenville WKYA FM 105.5 Men's basketball coverage only
Hardinsburg WXBC FM 104.3
Harlan WFSR AM 970
WTUK FM 105.1
Hazard WSGS FM 101.1
Henderson WSON AM 860
Hopkinsville WHOP AM 1230 Football, men's and women's basketball available
W237BV FM 95.3 FM translator of WHOP (AM)
WHOP-FM FM 98.7 Also serves northwest Middle Tennessee, including the Clarksville area
Jamestown (Russell Springs) WJRS FM 104.9
Jenkins (Pikeville/Hazard) WIFX-FM FM 94.3 Also serves portion of southwestern Virginia
Lancaster (Danville) WRNZ FM 105.1
Leitchfield WKHG FM 104.9
London WFTG AM 1400
WWEL FM 103.9
Louisville WHAS AM 840 Football and men's basketball; WHAS is a Clear-channel station and any night-time games broadcast by this station can be heard in much of the eastern continental United States and portions of southeastern Canada
WKJK AM 1080 Women's basketball only
Madisonville WKTG FM 93.9
Manchester WKLB AM 1200
W283AH FM 104.5 FM translator of WKLB
Mayfield WLLE FM 102.1
WNGO AM 1320 Full-time satellite of WKYX (AM) Paducah
W238AN FM 95.5 FM translator of WNGO/Mayfield
Maysville WFTM AM 1240
WFTM-FM FM 95.9
Monticello WFTM FM 101.7 Football, men's and women's basketball available
Morehead WIVY FM 96.3
Morganfield WMSK AM 1550
Owensboro WBKR FM 92.5 Signal serves the Henderson, KY and Evansville, Indiana areas
WOMI AM 1490
Paducah WKYX AM 570
Paintsville WSIP AM 1490
WSIP-FM FM 98.9
Pikeville WPKE AM 1240
WDHR FM 93.1
Prestonsburg WDOC AM 1310
WQHY FM 95.5
Princeton WWKY-FM FM 104.9 Full-time repeater/satellite of WREF/Sebree
WPKY AM 1580
Sebree (Madisonville) WREF FM 97.7
Radcliff (Elizabethtown/Fort Knox) WAKY-FM FM 103.5
Sebree (Henderson) W243CU FM 96.5 FM translator of WSON-AM/Henderson
Somerset WSFC AM 1240
Sturgis (Morganfield) WMSK-FM FM 101.3
Whitesburg WXKQ-FM FM 103.9
WTCW AM 920
Williamsburg WEZJ-FM FM 104.3
Williamstown (Dry Ridge) WNKR FM 106.7 Football, men's and women's basketball available

Other states[edit]

City of license
(Area served)
Station[6] Frequency Notes
Cincinnati, Ohio WCKY AM 1530 WCKY is a clear-channel AM station and any night-time games broadcast by this station can be heard in much of the eastern continental United States and portions of southeastern Canada
Golconda, Illinois (Paducah, KY) WKYX-FM FM 94.3 FM repeater of WKYX (AM)/Paducah
Huntington, West Virginia WRVC AM 930 Football coverage only
Jellico, Tennessee (Williamsburg, KY) WEKX FM 102.7
Pound, Virginia WDXC FM 102.3

Notable former affiliates[edit]

City of license
(Area served)
Station[6] Frequency Notes
Bowling Green WLBJ AM 1410 This station went defunct in 1993
Lexington WVLK AM 590 Flagship station until sometime in the late 1990s

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Sports Network Radio Affiliates". UKAthletics.com. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  2. ^ UK Athletics Awards Multimedia Rights to JMI Sports
  3. ^ JMI Buys Out Contract at UK
  4. ^ a b c 2015-16 Kentucky Basketball Media Guide, page 5
  5. ^ http://www.nationofblue.com/big-blue-sports-network-will-air-before-the-madness-special-friday-evening/
  6. ^ a b c 2014-15 Kentucky Men's Basketball Media Guide, page 8.
  7. ^ 2015-16 Kentucky Men's Basketball Media Guide, page 6.
  8. ^ 2015 Kentucky Football Media Guide, page 199.
  9. ^ WKDZ & WHVO Media Kit