830 WCCO to Continue as Flagship Station of Timberwolves Basketball
Entercom and the Minnesota Timberwolves announced an extension to their broadcast partnership agreement today, keeping 830 WCCO (WCCO-AM) as the flagship station for Timberwolves basketball. The station has served as the radio home of the team since 2011.
As the radio home of Timberwolves basketball, 830 WCCO will broadcast all of the team’s regular season games, beginning with the 2020-2021 season. Games will also be heard on sister station 102.9 HD2 (KMNB-HD2), via RADIO.COM and the station website.
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“This season we are excited to not only expand our distribution, but also try new content platforms that utilize our incredible talent and give fans an insider’s view into the Timberwolves,” said Shannon Knoepke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Minneapolis.
“The Timberwolves are an organization that’s forward-thinking and innovative, and it’s a perfect partner for 830 WCCO and the unparalleled signal coverage we provide to the Upper Midwest.”
“As an organization, our goal is to bring Timberwolves fans programming that’s entertaining and innovative,” said Ethan Casson, Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx.
“As one of the top stations in the country with a tremendous history of Minnesota basketball, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership that includes new multi-channel distribution and fresh initiatives that will entertain fans for years to come.”
Alan Horton, who recently broadcasted his 1,000th game, is in the midst of his 14th season as the Wolves play-by-play announcer.
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He will continue to team up with studio host Cal Soderquist to produce the 30-minute pre- and post-game shows, which can be heard on-air and streamed online via RADIO.COM.
The agreement also includes additional programming and promotional elements throughout the year with a focus on innovative programming.
New this season, 830 WCCO will expand its coverage of the Timberwolves with special programming featuring both Timberwolves and WCCO personalities, including Chad Hartman, the voice of the Timberwolves from 1990 to 2006, Cory Hepola, Timberwolves analyst Henry Lake, Dave Lee, who has extensively covered Minnesota basketball throughout his career, and Mike Max, long-time Minnesota sports reporter and anchor.