Wichita State’s men’s basketball games are moving to KEYN, an FM station with a stronger and more consistent signal than the school’s AM home.
The move is one of several changes as Shocker Sports Properties assumes full control of WSU’s multi-media rights. BGM Sports Marketing previously held the radio rights.
Shocker Sports Properties general manager Mark Rogers declined to provide details on the men’s basketball move, other than to say WSU has reached an agreement in principle with Entercom, parent company of KEYN, 103.7-FM and KNSS, 1330-AM.
WSU baseball will remain on KNSS. WSU women’s basketball and volleyball will no longer be heard on radio stations, moving solely to Internet broadcasts through the school’s athletic website goshockers.com.
Home softball games, an addition, will also be available on the Internet. Rogers said adding road games in future seasons is possible.
Mike Kennedy will continue to provide play by play for volleyball, men’s basketball and baseball. Shocker Sports Properties is looking for announcers for the other sports.
Coaches shows for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball will remain on KNSS.
Rogers said the decision to drop radio coverage for volleyball and women’s basketball was primarily made to combat a crowded dial. In previous seasons, WSU juggled sports and stations during busy times and occasionally moved sports to an Internet-only broadcast.
“It had nothing to do with finances,” he said. “It was a joint decision that was best for everybody. We have so many games in November on the schedule that there would be so much overlap it would have been hard to find a station to put everything on.”
The growing reach of the Internet, through smart phones, tablets and apps, gives Rogers confidence the move won’t be too painful for fans of the women’s sports.
“It’s the way it’s going,” he said. “The Worldwide Web reaches more people than radio does, so hopefully we won’t lose any fans. Everybody will be able to get every game.”