Today, the Columbus Blue Jackets and iHeartMedia announced a multi-year partnership deal to make WZXZ 105.7 (Columbus Alternative 105.7) the new home for future radio broadcasts, including pre-and-post game air time not covered by 97.1 The Fan.
"Columbus Alternative 105.7 will complement our flagship station 97.1 The Fan to provide Blue Jackets fans comprehensive radio coverage in central Ohio through game broadcasts, as well as pre- and post-game shows," said club Vice President of Business Intelligence & Broadcasting Marc Gregory. "We're looking forward to working with IHeartMedia Columbus to develop unique activations in the future for hockey and music fans alike.
"We truly appreciate our past partnership with WWCD and everything they have done to bring listeners Blue Jackets hockey over the years. Unfortunately, we were unable to come to an agreement on future game broadcasts."
Blue Jackets games hosted on Columbus Alternative 105.7 will be promoted on local radio stations as well as their respective social media accounts. This partnership also includes a number of regional sweepstakes, appearances by notable club members, and more.
"We are extremely excited about this partnership with a great Columbus brand and franchise," said Michael McCoy, Senior VP of Programming for iHeartMedia Markets Group. "We look forward to working together to bring The 5th Line game broadcasts and expanding our relationship with the Blue Jackets."
Columbus Alternative 105.7 will broadcast its first game on tomorrow, when the Blue Jackets go up against host the the Dallas Stars at 7 p.m. ET. You don't want to miss this!