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[AUG. 11, 2004]  NORMAL -- The Illinois State Department of Athletics and WBIG-AM 1280 in Aurora entered into a three-year agreement to have Redbird football and men's basketball games broadcast in the Fox Valley area through the 2006-07 season.

Since 1999, WBIG has been an affiliate of the Redbird Radio Network for football broadcasts only, but in 2004-05 the station will air Illinois State men's basketball games for the first time, after carrying Bradley basketball the last three seasons.

"We have had such a great rapport with Steve Marten and his staff at WBIG since 1999, but both parties agreed to take our relationship further," interim director of athletics Linda Herman said. "Not only will fans, alumni and prospective students be able to hear both Redbird football and men's basketball broadcasts in the Fox Valley area, but WBIG is committed to having a university presence on its entire station. It's a win-win situation and one that we are already looking forward to continuing."


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The partnership with WBIG will provide opportunities for Illinois State faculty and administration to be featured on the morning show "People to People," hosted by Paul Morgan. In addition, WBIG will also broadcast both the Denver Johnson and Porter Moser radio coaches shows, along with having a Redbird spotlight on the station's weekly sports show "The Big Sports Report," hosted by Brian Wiencek and Nick Hoeppne.

"I'm thrilled to be able to provide the Chicago area an outlet for Redbird sports and act as a liaison between the alumni and citizens of the Chicagoland area and Illinois State University," Marten said.

Other Redbird Radio Network affiliates include flagship station WJBC-AM 1230 in Bloomington, WJEZ-FM 98.9 in Dwight, WDID-AM 1510 in Highland, WZOE-AM 1490 in Princeton and WFMB-AM 1450 in Springfield (basketball only). Negotiations are continuing with other stations around the state.

[Todd Kober, Illinois State University]

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