As had been rumored for some time, the Chicago Blackhawks have opted to extend their relationship with Tribune Co.-owned WGN-AM (720), the radio home for Blackhawks games since the start of the 2008-09 season. Prior to signing with WGN, the Blackhawks were a fixture on sports talk WSCR-AM (670).
The new agreement announced Tuesday will keep Blackhawks hockey on 50,000-watt WGN-AM at least through the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season. "The Blackhawks brand has experienced substantial growth over the past two years due in part to the massive reach and presence of WGN Radio," said Jay Blunk, Blackhawks senior vice-president of business operations. "The Blackhawks are fortunate to have an exceptional working relationship with such legendary call letters as WGN," added Blunk.
The WGN signal reaches 38 states and Canada, and the station has live Internet streaming. John Wiedeman is the current radio play-by-play announcer for the Blackhawks hockey on WGN, while Troy Murray serves as color analyst. "Our listeners love the Blackhawks, and we will continue to deliver the best for Blackhawks fans," said WGN general manager Tom Langmyer.
The new deal with WGN comes as the Blackhawks are set to begin their first round of 2010 Stanley Cup playoff games on Friday against the Nashville Predators in a best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals. This series of games mark the first time in 13 years that the Hawks will make consecutive Stanley Cup playoff appearances.