University of Washington football has a new radio home.
The Huskies announced Wednesday that they have parted ways with radio partner KJR and agreed to a new six-year deal for KOMO Newsradio to broadcast football and basketball games.
The Huskies’ football season opener at Hawaii on Aug. 30 will be the first game to air under terms of the new contract. Games will air on 1000-AM and 97.7 FM.
The deal runs through 2020.
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KJR had served as UW’s flagship station since 2002.
KOMO served as the home of the Huskies from 1978 to 2002, except for a three-year period from 1986-88.
Bob Rondeau will continue to serve as the Huskies’ play-by-play voice, again paired with former UW quarterback Damon Huard in the broadcast booth.
“It’s been a wonderful 12 years … and I’m sorry to see it come to an end,” Rondeau said in an interview on KJR Wednesday. “KJR has been a fabulous partner for the University of Washington.”
Financial terms of the KOMO contract with IMG Sports, which holds UW’s radio broadcast rights, were not made available Wednesday.
“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 news release. “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.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the Huskies back home to KOMO Newsradio,” Janene Drafs, vice president and general manager of Sinclair Radio Seattle, said in the release. “As a UW alum, I am proud and honored to once again be partnering with this outstanding athletic and academic institution.”