The Tri-City Storm has renewed a one-year contract with Kearney radio stations Classic Hits 98.9 FM – KKPR and UNK’s – KLPR 91.1 FM to broadcast the Storm games this season.
Classic Hits 98.9 FM will carry 37 regular season contests, while the remaining games will be aired on KLPR 91.1 FM, which originates from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In addition to the radio, all games will be streamed online at www.stormhockey.com with a free audio link to the broadcast.
"We are pleased that this came together earlier this year and appreciate both radio stations for their support of the Storm," said Greg Shea, Storm president. "At the same time, we want to thank our past, present and future sponsors on the radio for providing the necessary means to carry the broadcast on the radio airwaves in the Tri-Cities."
The Storm increased their road games and overall broadcast coverage on Classic Hits by 35 percent from last season. Terms of the agreement have the Storm organization buying air time to carry the broadcasts.
“By continuing the partnership this season, it adds to the continuity of coverage for the fans and adds value to the franchise, as well as the listeners to Classic Hits,” said Craig Eckert, general manager of Platte River Radio, who owns Classic Hits 98.9 FM. “The Storm are back on track entertaining fans in the stands and it should be an exciting year.”
Skip Berry, the voice of the Storm, will provide the play-by-play coverage for games on both radio stations. Berry has 11 years of experience in radio broadcasting. He has broadcasted over 330 sporting events, which includes 225 games in his hockey career.
“It’s only fitting to continue a great relationship with both entities, as they both were instrumental in getting the radio back in place last season,” said Berry, who is the Director of Media Relations/Broadcasting. “I look forward to calling my 250th game in hockey with the Storm this season. I’m truly ecstatic for the team this year and know it will be a memorable season for everyone.”
KLPR is switching the dial from 91.3 to 91.1 FM in the coming weeks and may result in some games early in the season being located on the current dial of 91.3 FM. KLPR is also increasing its watts by 600 percent in the coming year, which will stretch the signal to more listeners.
Elle Scholwin, faculty adviser to KLPR, said the partnership with Storm hockey was a great way for broadcasting students to be hands-on in radio last season and looks forward to the continued opportunity this season.
“KLPR is pleased to continue its relationship with Storm Hockey,” Scholwin said. “Our broadcasts of hockey games provide priceless exposure for our station and learning opportunities for our students.”
KKPR is owned by Platte River Radio, which also owns ESPN stations KXPN 1460 AM in Kearney and 1550 AM in Hastings, as well as The Breeze 94.5 FM and KHAS 1230 AM in Hastings. KKPR's 100,000-watt signal can be heard across central Nebraska in a 100-mile radius from the Tri-Cities.