Hailing the move as part of a “new era” of Huskies football, the University of Washington announced Wednesday that it signed a new broadcast rights deal with KOMO Newsradio that extends through the 2020 season and ends UW’s 12-year partnership with Sports Radio KJR (950-AM).
KOMO will broadcast each UW football and men’s basketball game on 1000-AM and 97.7-FM, beginning with the football team’s Aug. 30 opener at Hawaii.
“We are excited about this new partnership with the KOMO News Network and the exposure it will provide the University of Washington through radio, television and digital,” Andre Riley, general manager of Washington IMG Sports Marketing, said in a statement. “KOMO’s multi-platform distribution will help more Husky fans hear game broadcasts through AM and FM simulcast signals, and will also allow for more UW coverage in the community throughout the year. I would also like to thank KJR for their many years of partnership.”
Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau will remain in the booth alongside color analyst Damon Huard. A UW spokesperson said it was still to be determined whether longtime sideline reporter Elise Woodward, a KJR employee, will remain on the broadcast.
The deal is the latest in a lengthy, off-and-on broadcast relationship between the UW and KOMO; the school’s press release notes that KOMO held the broadcast rights for UW football and basketball for 21 of the past 36 seasons. KJR began broadcasting Huskies games in 2002.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the Huskies back home to KOMO Newsradio,” said Janene Drafs, vice president and general manager of Sinclair Radio Seattle, said in a statement. “As a UW alum, I am proud and honored to once again be partnering with this outstanding athletic and academic institution.”christian.caple@ thenewstribune.com