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Redbird Athletics, WJBC extend partnership

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[AUG. 15, 2006]  NORMAL -- WJBC has been the flagship of Illinois State athletics since 1938, and that will remain the case until 2012, as the two parties signed a six-year contract extension on Monday.

ISU Director of Athletics Sheahon Zenger appreciates the community partnership with Radio Bloomington.

"One of the things that I have gained admiration for in my first year on the job is the true partnership that has formed between Radio Bloomington and our athletics department," said Zenger. "I value Radio Bloomington's innovation and the sincere determination to advance Illinois State University and Redbird Athletics in the Bloomington-Normal community."

Red Pitcher, vice president and general manager of Radio Bloomington, agrees with Zenger's sentiment.

"WJBC is honored to continue our broadcast and promotional agreement with Illinois State," said Pitcher. "On an athletic and business level our relationships are first class. With the leadership of President Al Bowman and Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger, good things will continue to happen. Go, you Redbirds!"

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WJBC, which won the 2005 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award as the Nation's Best Small Market Radio Station, will continue to serve as the flagship station of the Redbird Radio Network for the ISU football and men's basketball games. In addition, WJBC, along with, will continue its support of women's athletics with its coverage of both Redbird volleyball and women's basketball. The station also carries coaches shows for all four sports.

Radio Bloomington will also maintain its commitment with broadcasts of ISU baseball and softball, while adding some Redbird soccer matches in the fall.

[Illinois State University news release from Todd Kober, assistant athletics director, media relations]

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