IOWA WILD TO BROADCAST ON 1460 KXNO AND MEDIACOMSep 19, 2017
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DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Wild, in conjunction with iHeartmedia and Mediacom, announced on Tuesday the broadcast schedule for the 2017-18 American Hockey League (AHL) season. In addition, the Wild and iHeartMedia have announced a new two-year broadcast extension that runs through 2018-19.
The Wild enters its fifth season on 1460 KXNO – Des Moines’ sports station. A minimum of 60 games will be broadcast live on 1460 KXNO. Every game on the schedule will also be streamed live on iHeartRadio and AHL Live Radio. This marks the fifth consecutive season of Iowa Wild hockey on KXNO, dating back to 2013 – the team’s inaugural season in Des Moines.
“KXNO and iHeartRadio has been one of our biggest partners from day one in Des Moines,” said Iowa Wild President Todd Frederickson. “We could not think of a better place for our fans to catch games over the next two years, including our upcoming fifth-anniversary season”.
As part of the agreement, “Hockey Gone Wild” returns to the airwaves for its third season. The monthly hockey talk show airs seven times throughout the season. The show features player and coach interviews, as well as features and Wild season updates. The show is broadcast from various locations around Des Moines throughout the year. Dates for “Hockey Gone Wild” will be announced at a later date.
“We are excited about our continued partnership with the Iowa Wild,” said KXNO Program Director Andrew Downs. “We look forward to once again bringing our listeners world-class professional hockey and broadcasting live, local content.”
Joe O’Donnell returns for his fifth season behind the microphone, entering his 13th season of calling pro hockey on the radio. Overall, O’Donnell is in his tenth season with the Minnesota Wild organization, dating back to his time with the Houston Aeros. The 37-year old also worked in Idaho (ECHL) and Reading (ECHL). The Havertown, PA native called the 2011 AHL Calder Cup Finals, as well as the ECHL’s 2007 All-Star Game and 2007 Kelly Cup Finals. O’Donnell was named the ECHL’s Broadcaster of the Year in 2007. He will also serve as the primary host of “Hockey Gone Wild” and is the lead play-by-play broadcaster for all Iowa Wild TV broadcasts.
In addition, the Wild returns to television after extending an agreement with Mediacom in central Iowa. Over the last four seasons, the local cable company has partnered with the Wild to broadcast an average of six to seven home games a year. In 2017-18 Mediacom will broadcast seven Iowa Wild home games on MC22.
TV Games on MC22
Sat. Oct 21 vs. Manitoba
Sat. Nov. 11 vs. Cleveland
Sat. Dec. 9 vs. San Diego *
Fri. Jan. 19 vs. Bakersfield *
Sat. Feb. 10 vs. Rockford *
Fri. Mar. 23 vs. Grand Rapids *
Tues. Apr. 3 vs. Cleveland *
* Dates subject to change
About iHeartMedia Des Moines:
iHeartMedia Des Moines owns and operates WHO-AM; KASI-AM; KXNO-AM; KDRB-FM; KDRB-HD, KDXA-FM, KKDM-FM; KCYZ-FM; and is part of iHeartMedia. With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 859 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 430 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 50 million users faster than any digital music service and even faster than Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation.
The Iowa Wild players will check in and pick up equipment on Sunday, Sept. 24 with the first day on ice starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 25. Iowa hosts its annual Green-White scrimmage at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. The 2017 Green-White scrimmage is designed for fans get their first glance at the 2017-18 Iowa Wild and help generate funds for the victims of the catastrophic events following the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. In lieu of a ticket, admission is free with a donation (of any denomination) to the Salvation Army, which will have representatives at each entrance of Wells Fargo Arena to collect funds used for disaster relief.
The Iowa Wild plays a pair of preseason games, both will be in North Dakota against the Manitoba Moose – the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate. Iowa and Manitoba meet at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The two teams play a second preseason game at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
Opening Night 2017 for the Iowa Wild is slated for Saturday, Oct. 7 with a visit from the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Follow the Iowa Wild on Twitter @IAWILD or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iawild.
The Iowa Wild 2017-18 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center: and runs from October through April. Fans may purchase seats to see any of the team’s 38 regular season home games at Wells Fargo Arena. Season tickets to see the Wild play its 2017-18 season at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $10 per game. For more information on tickets, including ticket plans and group seating, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com.
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