Omaha, NE – JUNE 28 – Omaha’s No. 1 home for local sports has secured a three-year deal to air the radio broadcasts for Creighton Men’s Basketball, as the Bluejays transition to the BIG EAST Conference. Under the agreement 1620 The Zone will air the play-by-play broadcast and all ancillary sports coverage for the team, beginning with the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.
“It’s just tremendous to earn the rights as the exclusive partner for Creighton Men’s Basketball. It’s an honor for The Zone to serve our listeners, advertisers and Creighton with this winning program. Adding Creighton Men’s Basketball to our programming lineup is a natural fit to the station’s current content and will truly enhance our entire listener experience,” explained Andy Ruback, General Manager of 1620 The Zone and Market Manager for NRG Media in Omaha.
“We chose 1620 The Zone for many reasons, but mainly because it has long been considered Omaha’s premier sports talk radio station. Its lineup, its commitment to local sports coverage, and its rank in the market made it the perfect partner for broadcasting our programs,” explained Bruce Rasmussen, Athletic Director for Creighton University.
The Zone earns the broadcast rights for a three-year term beginning the 2013-14 season. “The Creighton University men's basketball program is one to watch this season as they are sure to be a force to be reckoned with in the BIG EAST Conference” said Neil Nelkin, Operations Manager for NRG Media and Program Director of 1620 The Zone.
1620 The Zone is the No. 1 ranked sports/talk station in the Omaha metro. The Zone features Gary Sharp and Damon Benning with “Sharp and Benning in the Morning” airing weekdays 7am-11am. The Zone also highlights John Bishop and co-host Mike’l Severe of the long-running sports talk show “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” airing weekdays from 2pm-6pm. The programs can be heard on-line at www.1620thezone.com and on the 1620 The Zone smartphone apps.
Ruback indicated that an announcement on talent for the Creighton games would be forthcoming in the near future.
About NRG Media - NRG Media is dedicated to providing Great Local Radio and is committed to being an active and integral part of the communities in which it serves. In Omaha, NRG Media owns 1620AM The ZONE, The ZONE 2, Q98.5, Power 106-9, The Big O 101.9, The Mighty 1290 KOIL-AM and La Nueva KMMQ. NRG Media consists of 45 radio stations throughout four states in the Midwest - Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
Creighton University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. Founded by the Society in 1878, the school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Its Men’s Basketball program is part of the BIG EAST Conference. Creighton is the largest private religious university in Nebraska.