July 30, 2004

'Cats Have New Radio Home


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MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University Athletic Departmenthas announced that Northern Star Broadcasting's WNGE, Oldies 99.5 (FM) willcarry live NMU football, hockey, men's and women's basketball for the 2004-05 season. The first event to be broadcast will be the football game on August 28, whenthe 'Cats travel to Houghton, Mich. to take on the Michigan Tech Huskies toopen up the 2004 football campaign.  The agreement between NMU and NorthernStar Broadcasting is an initial one-year deal.

WNGE,Oldies 99.5 has a 3,600-watt transmitter, with studios in Marquette.  Thebroadcast signal reaches much of central Marquette County, including Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Harvey,K.I. Sawyer and Gwinn.

MarquetteGeneral Manager Tammy Johnson said that the arrangement will benefit thefollowers of NMU sports.  "WNGE 99.5, 'Good Times, Great Oldies' is goingto be the official station of NMU sports," Johnson said.  "Everyonehere is really excited about this.  We will do this the right way, and we willprovide the best coverage out there."

NorthernStar Broadcasting is one of the largest broadcast companies in the state and isdedicated to serving its listeners and clients with the attention of a small,hometown group.  Northern Star Broadcasting has offices in Marquette,Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Cheboygan, Traverse City, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and SaultSte. Marie, Ontario.  Northern Star Broadcasting's stations appeal to avariety of listening tastes, including classic rock, rock, oldies, country,sports, pop, modern rock and talk radio. 

Itsstations in the central Upper Peninsula include Big Country, 92.3 WJPD inIshpeming; The Bear, 94.1 WUPK in Marquette; News-Talk-Sports Radio 1320 AMWDMJ in Marquette; and 1240 AM WIAN in Ishpeming.

"We'reapproaching this as a partnership.  I feel they really care about what we'retrying to do," Ken Godfrey, the NMU Athletic Director, said.  "Ithink that it is a good fit for NMU and Northern Star Broadcasting."

Accordingto Godfrey there existed a cooperative nature between the two parties.

ChrisMonk Vice President and General Manager for Northern Star Broadcasting believesthis is a win-win situation for both parties that will benefit the listeners. "I'm very pleased that we are able to create this partnership with NMU - apartnership that I believe will give (the city of) Marquette, NMU alumni and NMUfans a real quality product that they're proud of and will listen to,"Monk said about the arrangement.

NateRose, program director for Northern Star Broadcasting's WIDG, 940 AM SportsRadio, The Fan, will provide the play-by-play announcing for NMU football,while Jim LaJoie and Adam Hamari will share the color commentary duties.

LaJoieand Hamari will provide the play-by-play for men's and women's basketball whileRose will add the color commentary for away games.

Theplay-by-play announcer for hockey is not ready to be announced at this time. Dave Mingay will return to provide the color commentary for the 'Cats hockeybroadcasts.

Monkis excited about the announcers who will provide the call on the 'Catsbroadcasts.  "We've got a group of very enthusiastic announcers, who taketheir job seriously but have a lot of fun," Monk said about the announcingteam.  "They're guys who are very dedicated to their craft."

'Catfans around the country and world will still be able to listen to the actionvia live streams on the internet.  A link will be on the NMU Athletic Web Site(http://newsbureau.nmu.edu/wildcats/) to listen to the action.



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
906-227-1013