Air Force Academy, ESPN Radio Agree to Three-Year Deal


    April 6, 2004

    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy athletic department and Crawford Broadcasting announced today a three-year partnership for ESPN Radio 560 AM to become the Denver, Colo., affiliate for all home and away Air Force football and men's basketball games. The ESPN radio signal strength also reaches across the state of Colorado and parts of Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

    This coming season will mark the first time that Air Force men's basketball has been carried outside of Colorado Springs. Air Force Football with Fisher DeBerry and the Joe Scott Show will also air on ESPN Radio, a first for both programs to air outside of Colorado Springs.

    "We're extremely excited about our relationship with Crawford Broadcasting and ESPN Radio," said Brad DeAustin, acting athletic director at the Academy. "This gives us a great opportunity to showcase these very successful programs throughout Colorado and the surrounding states. We're grateful to ESPN Radio for providing this excellent opportunity to us."

    "Our cadet-athletes compete at the highest level with great honor and integrity. These are the same things that Crawford Broadcasting and ESPN Radio stand for," Al McKellar, associate athletic director for marketing and development at the Academy, said. "This is a perfect match and great partnership for Air Force athletics."

    In addition to the games and radio shows airing on ESPN 560 AM, Air Force football head coach Fisher DeBerry and men's basketball coach Joe Scott, along with players from both programs, will regularly appear on talk shows with ESPN radio personalities.

    "Although we have had many partnership opportunities from which to choose in the last six months, both professional and collegiate, Air Force was categorically the best fit for 560," said Don Crawford Jr., general manager of 560 AM. "We are honored that this superior institution chose us."

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