Tomorrow kicks off the college football season for both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Fans of the teams in the Detroit area will have to get used to punching up new stations in order to listen to the games.
Michigan fans will now tune to WOMC FM 104.3 to hear the Wolverines and MSU followers will want to listen to the Spartans on WJR AM 760. The big change in the Detroit area started during last year's football season when MSU and WJR announced a new partnership, moving the Spartans from AM 1270 to WJR and leaving the Wolverines without their flagship station. Then earlier this year it was announced that Michigan football would be heard on WOMC with men's basketball ending up on WWJ AM 950 later this fall. An unusual arrangement also places Michigan men's sports on CKLW AM 800 (football) and WCHB AM 1200 (basketball) to give listeners even more options to tune in. The new Michigan deal also includes coverage of men's hockey on WXYT AM 1270 and CKWW AM 580 this winter. WXYT kicks off extra coverage of Michigan sports tomorrow with 'Michigan Gameday', a live remote from just outside Michigan Stadium.
The Michigan State radio network remains largely unchanged from last year, with the exception of WJR replacing WXYT in Detroit and the addition of WMUS FM 106.9 as a Muskegon affiliate. WTRX AM 1330 Flint has changed its affiliation from MSU to Michigan and WWCK AM 1570 is now the MSU affiliate for Flint.
University of Michigan fans in the Lansing area are out of luck as football season kicks off - that part of the state will not have a station covering Michigan sports with the loss of the sports format at WQTX FM 92.1/92.7. Michigan has added WTOD AM 1560 Toledo and new sign-on WMJT FM 96.7 in the eastern Upper Peninsula since last season. The Michigan broadcast feeds are also heard on Sirius satellite radio as well as for free via the Internet through the U-M athletics web site at mgoblue.com.
Michiguide.com has updated our Sports Afflilates page to reflect the new MSU and U-M radio networks.
While Spartan athletics' historic relationship with WJR radio will begin in the Spartan Stadium broadcast booth on Saturday when MSU takes on the University of Idaho in the football season opener, the university's mutually beneficial partnership with the “Great Voice of the Great Lakes” is already underway... WJR radio continues partnership with MSU - MSU Today