Daily Herald News Services
CHAMPAIGN -- Starting with the 2013 men's basketball season and the 2014 football season, WSCR radio will be the new Chicago affiliate of the Illini Sports Network, school officials announced Wednesday.
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The multiyear agreement encompasses the football and men's basketball programs, and Illinois director of athletics Mike Thomas said the Score, the CBS Radio-owned 670-AM station, will carry Illini basketball starting with the 2013-14 season and add Illini football in 2014. The Score also will broadcast Illinois' coaches' shows for men's basketball and football are part of the multiyear agreement.
In the meantime, radio affiliate WIND-AM 560 will continue to carry football games and coaches' shows throughout 2013 for Chicago area listeners. The Illini Sports Network is overseen by Fighting Illini Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holder for University of Illinois Athletics and a property of Learfield Sports.
"This is very exciting news," Thomas said. "The signal strength and coverage area of WSCR 670 The Score is tremendous, giving our fans the very best ability to listen to Fighting Illini football and basketball."
Rod Zimmerman, senior vice president for CBS Radio in Chicago, said the station would continue provide DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball games on WSCR when they do not conflict with an Illini game.