Network Keeps Louisville Fans Connected

Crystal clear reception all the way home, every minute of Wednesday’s Louisville vs. Louisiana Lafayette basketball game.

While making the four-hour Christmas drive from Western Kentucky, the observer had reason to thank Clear Channel Communications for the deal that set up a statewide radio network for University of Louisville athletics.

Until a couple of years ago, the only option was WHAS radio, and one usually wound up listening to Cuban music or soccer, with the signal only available for a few seconds now and then for U of L games.

Different this time around. After not locating the game on satellite radio, try WHAS, getting a muddled signal and some grandpa talking UK football and the Country & Western Bowl. A quick cell phone call to junior provides the listings from state network lineup posted by Card Game.

Start listening to the game on WQXQ-FM (101.9) out of Owensboro. When that signal fades, switch to WLVK-FM (105.5) in Elizabethtown. Thirty miles from Louisville, it’s over to WKRD 790 for the conclusion and the post-game interviews.

Such luck would never have been possible before the University of Kentucky forked over one million dollars for priority coverage on WHAS. Rather than lose the U of L audience, Clear Channel proceeded to set up a statewide network for Louisville games.

Quite a deal, UK. Any other bright ideas?

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

7 thoughts on “Network Keeps Louisville Fans Connected

  • December 23, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Sorta looks like this site will be the only place for snow on Christmas this year. Thanks!

  • December 24, 2009 at 12:52 am

    The game was on sirius channel 158. That has been the regular channel of late.

      • December 24, 2009 at 10:26 am

        And if you have XM instead of Sirius it will be there too but on a different number likely in the 140-200 area.

        • December 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

          I don’t think all UofL games are on XM. There’s one Big East channel and that’s pretty much it. As an XM subscriber, I get a package called “the Best of Sirius” but it does not include everything.

          I’d love to be proven wrong on this, BTW…

  • December 24, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Some nights I can get the Pikeville feed here in Gatlinburg but it is a bleed over usually. Sirius has been the best radio contact for me to follow the Cards. Fortunately, most games are available on sattilite.

    Last night the drink special was Poinsetta’s…a mixture of cranberry juice, champagne and a dash of Captain Morgan. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it…

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all Card Game readers and fans everywhere from me and the 17 member strong chapter of the Gatlinburg Cardinal Fan Club!

    • December 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

      Thanks, Joe. Merry Christmas to you. Really great to have you as a regular and I hope to frequent your establishment in the near future.

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