WCCO inks Timberwolves deal, loses Wild broadcasts to KFAN
Time to play spin the radio dial, sports fans.
WCCO-AM said today it's signed the Timberwolves to a four-year radio deal, snatching the hapless hoopsters way from longtime broadcasting partner KFAN.
KFAN, meanwhile, has signed a three-year deal with the Wild, pulling the hockey team away from the Good Neighbor.
That's what you call fighting to a tie.
"We really, really like the fact that the reach of WCCO is incredible. As we grow our franchise, we see ourselves more and more of a regional team," Wolves president Chris Wright told the Strib. [WCCO has posted audio of a longer interview with Wright here.]
It's a second round of radio shuffling between KFAN and WCCO this year. The University of Minnesota announced in early March that Gophers football coverage would move from WCCO to KFAN, while Hubbard Broadcasting's 1500 AM ESPN Radio picked up the men's and women's basketball, and men's hockey games.