Three More Years for Creighton Athletics on 1620 The ZONE

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Creighton Athletics fans won’t have to reset their radio dials for the next three years, although they will have another station to add.

“Working with NRG Media and 1620 The Zone has been tremendous for our athletic department, including the men’s basketball program,” said Greg McDermott, head coach of the Creighton Bluejays men’s basketball team.

Omaha’s top-ranked radio station for sports and sports talk—1620 The Zone—was chosen by and has signed a three-year extension with Creighton Athletics. The deal gives The Zone exclusive rights to broadcast play-by-play for all home and away games for the Creighton Bluejays men’s basketball team, as well as all pre-game and post-game coverage.

“Working with NRG Media and 1620 The Zone has been tremendous for our athletic department, including the men’s basketball program,” said Greg McDermott, head coach of the Creighton Bluejays men’s basketball team. “It’s exciting to know that partnership will continue. John Bishop and Nick Bahe, as well as many others that contribute to their pre-game and post-game shows, do a great job helping our fans follow our team both home and away.”

Bishop, who calls the play-by-play, and Bahe, a former Bluejay player and current team analyst, will also broadcast Bluejays home games on 101.9 The Keg as part of the deal.

“Very few radio stations have the opportunity to partner with a world-class athletics program like Creighton Athletics,” said Andy Ruback, General Manager for NRG Media in Omaha, which includes both 1620 The Zone and 101.9 The Keg. “To have two stations associated with the Bluejays men’s basketball team is a tremendous honor. We hope the addition of home games on The Keg gives even more people the chance to cheer for such an exciting team.”

The three-year extension also includes exclusive broadcast rights on Creighton Men’s Soccer, Creighton Volleyball, Creighton Women’s Basketball and Creighton Baseball, as well as the Creighton Athletics Hour—a live call-in show that airs once a week from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 1620 The Zone from October through May.

Omaha’s 1620 The Zone is the top-ranked sports and sports talk station in the Omaha metro. The Zone features nationally award-winning talent, including Gary Sharp and Damon Benning who co-host “Sharp and Benning in the Mornings” airing weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Nick Bahe as host of “Game Time with Nick Bahe” airing weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and John Bishop and Josh Peterson who co-host the long-running sports talk show “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” airing weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. All programming can be heard online at http://www.1620thezone.com and on the 1620 The Zone smartphone apps.

NRG Media consists of 45 radio stations in four Midwest states—Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois. The company is dedicated to providing the best local radio possible and has a long-standing commitment to being an active and integral part of the communities it serves. In Omaha, NRG Media owns 1620 The ZONE, 1180 ZONE 2, Q98.5, Power 106.9, 101.9 The KEG, NewsTalk1290 KOIL and La Nueva 1020.

Creighton University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. Founded 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 and is the largest private religious university in Nebraska.

Creighton has 14 varsity sports programs – eight for women and six for men – and competes at the NCAA Division I level. Creighton is entering its fourth year as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, joining the league on July 1, 2013.

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