The reach of Central Michigan football in the Grand Rapids area just got stronger as ESPN 96.1-FM joins the IMG/Chippewa Sports Network.
The all-sports station will begin carrying CMU football broadcasts starting with the Sept. 1 opener at Kentucky. If a scheduled CMU football game conflicts with ESPN 96.1-FM’s programming, iHeart West Michigan members WTKG 1230-AM or WKBZ 1090-AM will carry the game.
“Grand Rapids is home to a significant number of CMU graduates, and I know they want to keep up with the Chippewas,” CMU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford said. “ESPN 96.1-FM and iHeart West Michigan are known by sports fans in that area, and this is a natural fit.”
CMU graduate Jim Costa is part of the regular lineup on ESPN 96.1-FM as part of the “Big Drew and Jim” show, which airs from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.
Longtime play-by-play Don Chiodo and analyst Brock Gutierrez will call CMU football games again this season.