Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Northern StarBroadcasting and the Northern Michigan University Athletic Department haverenewed their agreement to live broadcasts of NMU football, menâ€Â™s and womenâ€Â™sbasketball, hockey and selected volleyball matches for the 2005-06 season.  Theevents this coming year will be carried on The Bear, â€ÂœWhere the U.P. Rocksâ€Â(WIMK 93.1 FM and WUPK 94.1 FM).  This past year the events were carried onanother Northern Star Broadcasting station, WNGE (99.5 FM).  Menâ€Â™s and womenâ€Â™s basketballand volleyball will be on WUPK.  Football and hockey will be simulcast on bothWIMK and WUPK.  Marquette General Manager Tammy Johnson and the NMU AthleticDepartment have announced.


WUPK has a 6,000-watt transmitter, with studios in Marquette.  The broadcast signal reaches the majority of central Marquette County, including Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Harvey, K.I. Sawyer and Gwinn.  WIMK with a100,000-watt transmitter, based out of Iron Mountain/Escanaba, covers Marquette, reaches to Watersmeet to the west, Alger/Delta counties in the east and into Wisconsin to the south. 


Johnson thought the experience of last year was great forNorthern Star Broadcasting and looks forward to the coming year on The Bear. 


â€ÂœWorking with NMU Athletics this past year has been such agreat experience for all of us here at Northern Star Broadcasting.  We werevery pleased with our on-air performance and the listener response,â€Â Johnsonsaid.  â€ÂœWe had many requests from listeners to consider airing the sports onone of our more powerful stations, which we considered carefully and came tothe conclusion that our listeners on The Bear, WIMK (93.1) and WUPK (94.1) area great match for NMU Athletics and by moving the sports to this signal it willenable us to accommodate the many NMU sports fans outside the Marquette Countyarea.  We are very excited about the upcoming sports year and welcome anycomments from the fans and listeners.â€Â


Ken Godfrey, the NMU Athletic Director, is pleased with therenewed agreement.


â€ÂœI am very happy to continue the relationship with NorthernStar Broadcasting,â€Â Godfrey said.  â€ÂœThey have done an excellent job coveringNMU sports and with the expanded coverage will only improve our attempt toreach as many of our fans as possible.â€Â


Games will be streamed on the internet, just like this pastseason, as â€Â˜Cat fans around the country and world will still be able to listento all the action.  A link will be provided off the NMU Athletic web page (


Northern Star Broadcasting is one of the largest broadcastcompanies in the state and is dedicated to serving its listeners and clientswith the attention of a small, hometown group.  Northern Star Broadcasting hasoffices in Marquette, Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Cheboygan, Traverse City, SaultSte. Marie, Mich. and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  Northern Star Broadcastingâ€Â™sstations appeal to a variety of listeners tastes, including classic rock, rock,oldies, country, sports, pop, modern rock and talk radio.






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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director