Whenever Colorado Buffaloes football and basketball contests are back on the air, the calls will originate from familiar homes.
On Wednesday, the university announced a three-year extension with iHeartMedia Denver radio stations, keeping Buffs football and men’s basketball games on KOA through the 2022-23 school year. Football and men’s basketball games will continue to air on KOA (850 AM and 94.1 FM), with women’s basketball games shifting to KHOW 630 AM.
In the event of a broadcasting conflict on KOA with Denver Broncos or Colorado Rockies games, the Buffs will now shift to KHOW 630 AM instead of 760 AM, which has been the case in recent seasons.
KOA also will continue to air the weekly radio shows of football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle, and women’s basketball coach JR Payne.
According to a release from CU, the university’s multimedia rights holder, Learfield IMG College, agreed to the new deal “after reviewing bids from several interested parties.” CU’s previous broadcasting agreement expired this spring.
“We’ve long considered KOA to be our radio home, and I am excited that we are able to extend our relationship for the next three years,” CU athletic director Rick George said in the release. “A lot of our tradition and greatest memories have been broadcast over the KOA airwaves — all of our conference titles over the last 80 years, our national championship, the Miracle in Michigan and memorable games like the 62-36 win over Nebraska and our run to the Pac-12 South Division title four years ago. The partnership has served both of us very well.”
The broadcast teams for CU’s respective sports will remain the same, with Mark Johnson and former CU coach Gary Barnett handling the radio broadcast while Johnson partners with former Buffs basketball player Scott Wilke on the men’s basketball broadcasts. Cory Lopez and Carol Callan will continue to handle the calls on women’s basketball games.
Andy Lindahl and former CU quarterback Bobby Pesavento are expected to return as the sideline reporters for the football broadcasts.
The 2020-21 school year will be Johnson’s 17th as the lead voice of CU’s football and men’s basketball broadcasts. KOA has been the home for CU football for all but three seasons dating back to 1940. KOA began broadcasting CU men’s basketball games during the 1973-74 season and has aired the women’s basketball games since the 1985-86 season.