It was announced today by the Blazers would move broadcasts to a new radio station: FOX Sports Radio 620 AM in Portland. This deal encompasses both pre-season and regular season games, as well as Trail Blazers Courtside. As they were previously, the games will be called by Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey. Wheeler and Harvey will be joined by TV broadcasters Mike Barrett and Mike Rice, as the four will all host Trail Blazers Courtside.
The first broadcast on the new station will be the Blazers first pre-season game this year, October 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Trail Blazers Courtside will debut this season on Monday, September 9.
Below is the official press release from the Blazers:
PORTLAND, Ore. (August 29, 2013) – The Portland Trail Blazers and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment have entered into an agreement to air all preseason and regular season games on Fox Sports Radio 620 (KPOJ AM) during the 2013-14 season, it was announced by the team today.
Trail Blazers Radio Announcers Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey will call the first broadcast on the new radio flagship when the Trail Blazers open the 2013-14 preseason against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Moda Center on Monday, Oct. 7.
“We are excited about the opportunity to broadcast our games on a station the offers an all-sports format,” said Trail Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan. “This transition also allows us to avoid any preemption throughout the course of the season.”
Fox Sports Radio 620 will also broadcast Trail Blazers Courtside, the team’s weekly talk show hosted by Wheeler, Harvey and television broadcasters Mike Barrett andMike Rice, beginning Monday, Sept. 9.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership and build “Blazer Mania” in Portland,” said Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Market President Robert Dove. ”For all things Trail Blazers you only need Fox Sports Radio 620.”
Radio affiliates outside of the Portland area will not be affected.
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