West Michigan: Newsmakers August 25, 2010




Grand Rapids Press:

Hockey fans weren't the only ones interested in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 2010-11 schedule, which was released Wednesday afternoon. So was the local sports station widely known as ESPN 96.1. On Wednesday, the Griffins also announced a new three-year partnership with WMAX-FM to carry the team's radio broadcasts this season. The Griffins spent the past 14 years on sister station WOOD-AM (1300), but eight games last season were moved to WMAX. Both stations are owned by Clear Channel Communications. "It's somewhat of a bittersweet day for us, as Newsradio WOOD 1300 has been a tremendous flagship for the Griffins since our inaugural season," said Tim Gortsema, the Griffins' senior vice president of business operations. "But the opportunities to be on an all-sports FM station, increase our overall signal strength and access to ESPN's audience of local sports fans -- all while staying with Clear Channel -- made it an easy decision." Bob Kaser will return for his 11th season as the Griffins' play-by-play announcer. All 80 regular-season games will feature a 15-minute pregame show and at least a 10-minute postgame show. If a scheduling conflict arises, Griffins broadcasts will be able to move to WOOD or another Clear Channel station that can air the game live... Griffins games move to ESPN 96.1 (Wed, 8/25)







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