Interim Director of Athletics for Utah State University Jerry Bovee, left, appeared on KVNU’s Morning News with veteran broadcaster Al Lewis, right, to announce a new partnership between USU and KVNU radio.
LOGAN — Cache Valley Media Group and Utah State University are jointly announcing today that KVNU will once again carry USU football and men’s basketball games beginning this fall.
Aggie football and men’s basketball games will be heard on the following stations that carry KVNU programming — 102.1 and 102.5 FM in Cache Valley; 98.3 FM in Tremonton; 93.5 FM in Garden City; and on 610 AM which can be picked up across Northern Utah and Southern Idaho.
The weekly football and men’s basketball coaches shows will also be heard locally on KVNU.
Utah State interim Director of Athletics Jerry Bovee joined Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Lewis on KVNU Wednesday morning to discuss the announcement.
“This gives Aggie athletics access to at least 100,000 listeners in Northern Utah and that’s our base,” Bovee said. “We’re going to have premiere coverage in Northern Utah. We’ll still have premiere coverage in the Salt Lake area and along the Wasatch Front on KZNS. But we’re going to partner this together and go big. And I think this is going to be good for us. It’s going to be good for our fans [and our] season ticket holders.”
KVNU has a long history of broadcasting Utah State sporting events, dating back to the early 1940s, with many of the university’s most iconic moments in sports being heard on its airways.
“For decades, KVNU radio has been associated with Utah State athletics in one form or another and the Cache Valley Media Group is excited to move forward in the next chapter of that relationship,” said Cache Valley Media Group President and Owner Kent Frandsen. “KVNU listeners are Aggie fans, and this new era of carrying Aggie broadcasts on local radio would not have been possible if not for the tireless efforts of interim Director of Athletics Jerry Bovee. His unwavering commitment and dedication to the Utah State community have been instrumental in making this collaboration with the university and Aggie Sports Properties a reality.”
Lewis, who voiced Aggie games for decades, will continue to share his rich experience, knowledge and deep-rooted passion for Utah State by maintaining his role as producer and host of KVNU’s pre-game and post-game coverage on KVNU. As part of game-day broadcasts, Lewis’ KVNU Game Day show will lead up to the coach’s comments just prior to the start of each game. KVNU Aggie Call, which features Lewis’ analysis of the game and gives fans the opportunity to call or text into the show and voice their opinions, will begin shortly after the end of the game and on-air interviews with the coach and players.
“The number one thing that I wanted before I walk away from KVNU, some day,” said Lewis, “is I want the games back where people can hear them locally. That’s what I would continue to tell everybody. Now we’ve got that back.”
Along with football and men’s basketball, Utah State women’s basketball games will also be heard on Cache Valley Media Group stations. Women’s basketball games will be carried live on 107.7 KLZX in Cache Valley.
The Aggie Radio Network now includes the following stations: KVNU, KZNS (1280 AM/97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City; KRPX (102.7 FM) in Green River, KRPX (100.3 FM) in Moab, KRPX (95.9 FM) in Orangeville and KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KVSI (1450 AM/104.5 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho. KZNS will continue to serve as the flagship radio station for football and men’s basketball games with Scott Garrard as the play-by-play announcer for both sports.
Listen to the announcement as it was made on KVNU here: