Monday, November 10, 2008

Vikings Bounce Ball To 1220

The Cleveland State University Vikings men's basketball team has hooked up with a new radio home in Cleveland.

The Vikings have inked a one-year deal with Salem Christian talk/teaching WHKW/1220 "The Word" to air all games live for the 2008-2009 season, according to a CSU sports news release issued last week. (Thanks to the folks at AllAccess for the hat tip, or, since we're talking about basketball, maybe the assist?)

Vikings basketball moves from last year's flagship station, Radio One gospel WJMO/1300. The "Voice of the Vikings", Al Pawlowski, also makes the move to 1220 for his fourth season doing the radio call of the games.

AllAccess notes that the weekly show with Vikings coach Gary Waters will continue to air on Clear Channel talk WTAM/1100.

The release says Vikings games will also be heard on WHKW's "The Word" sister station in the Youngstown/Warren market, WHKZ/1440 Warren.

This brings up a question we've had here before - is the deal to sell the Warren station to Pittsburgh-area radio station owner/minister Rev. Loran Mann officially dead?

We've heard from sources in the Pittsburgh region that Rev. Mann - a former Pittsburgh TV news reporter who owns WGBN/1150 New Kensington PA - was looking to "renegotiate" the purchase of WHKZ from Salem.

This little announcement would seem to indicate that the transaction is either still up in the air or dead...

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