For the first time since the mid-2000's, a women's sports team will be heard over Chicago's airwaves, as the Chicago Bandits announced they will partner with 1590 WCGO Chicago for the upcoming season.
Based in Evanston, 1590 WCGO will broadcast all Chicago Bandits games, home and away, during the 2016 campaign.
The 2015 NPF Champion Bandits begin their season Thursday, June 2 at the Ballpark in Rosemont, taking on the 'face' of the NPF, former Bandit Monica Abbott and the NPF's newest franchise, the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for the Bandits and the league as a whole,” said Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore in a statement. “This is our first full-season radio deal and we’re looking forward to reaching more homes and softball fans with this opportunity.
Bandits veteran play-by-play man and broadcast hall of famer Mike Knezevich will handle the duties for all home games, while road games will be handled by station personnel.
According to a Chicago Bandits press release, players and coaches make weekly guest appearances on “French and Stowell” throughout the year. Be sure to tune in to hear your favorite Bandits players discuss their road to professional fastpitch softball and their success throughout the season.
“1590 WCGO strives to feature key community cornerstones throughout Chicagoland and the Chicago Bandits provide such a cornerstone for the female athletes,” 1590 WCGO general manager Chuck Duncan said.
Radio broadcasts of all Bandits games on 1590 WCGO will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of each game. The Bandits traditional live videocast of the games, which can be seen on www.chicagobandits.com, will also start 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
“The Bandits are one of Chicago’s most successful sports franchises,” team special assistant Irwin Shiffman said. “1590 WCGO has committed to greater community involvement with programming and promotion and Bandits games and coverage ensures future success and a terrific partnership.”
In addition to being the new exclusive radio broadcasting partner of the Bandits, 1590 WCGO has provided the Chicago area with a wide array of coverage. Local, national and international news plays a key role in 1590 WCGO’s vast lineup of shows, including French and Stowell, Trending Today USA with Rusty Humphries, Classic Radio Theater, Coast to Coast, Gun Talk, Mike Jackson Outdoors. Additionally, WCGO 1590 is an official radio partner of NASCAR and the Chicagoland Speedway.
The Chicago Sky was the last women's professional team to contract with a terrestrial radio station. From 2006-08, the Sky was on WVON-AM 1690 with Les Grobstein on play-by-play and Tajua Catchings (whose sister Tamika Catchings is a star with the Indiana Fever) handling color.
“National Pro Fastpitch and its players serve as a great example for young women,” Duncan said. “It is wholesome, healthy, fun and instills ambition and great physical aptitude amongst girls and women of all ages. 1590 WCGO is very proud to play a role in the Chicago Bandits’ future success.”
For more information on 1590 WCGO, visit the station’s website at www.1590wcgo.com