Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seattle Radio: MLS Sounders Renew With KIRO-FM

The MLS Seattle Sounders have announced its regional broadcast details for the 2016 Major League Soccer season, highlighted by the unveiling of Keith Costigan and Matt Johnson as the club’s new play-by-play voices for regional television and radio broadcasts, respectively.

Following the strongest regional television ratings in club history – including an 11 percent increase in year-over-year viewership and the highest regional household ratings in MLS throughout 2015 – Sounders FC continues its relationship with Q13 FOX (KCPQ-Channel 13) and JOEtv (KZJO-Channel 22) as the regional television home of the Rave Green.

Additionally, Root Sports is set to continue as the live out-of-market television home of Sounders FC throughout the Pacific Northwest, with Univision-Seattle (KUNS-TV) returning to provide Spanish-language coverage of the Rave Green in Western Washington. Additionally, Sounders FC continues its agreement with Bonneville Seattle Radio Group, as N/T KIRO Radio 97.3 FM remains the English radio home of the Rave Green, while the club has renewed its Spanish-language radio partnership with El Rey 1360 AM.

For the first time in club history, Sounders FC is airing separate television and radio broadcasts to fans of the Rave Green, having previously simulcast a singular broadcast product. Costigan joins analyst and Sounders FC icon Kasey Keller in the TV booth for all 20 matches airing regionally on Q13 FOX and JOEtv, while Johnson is set to provide radio play-by-play coverage for every fixture on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, in addition to pre and post-match commentary on the club’s regional television broadcasts. Johnson is set to call matches alongside a rotating panel of analysts, including former Sounders Danny Jackson and Wade Webber, in addition to current Seattle University Head Coach Pete Fewing.

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