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Blackhawks extend agreement with WGN Radio

WGN Radio and the Chicago Blackhawks announce a five-year extension of their broadcast rights agreement.

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John McDonough stopped by the WGN Radio Allstate showcase studio to announce the broadcast extension last week

John Wiedeman, radio play-by-play announcer and voice of the Chicago Blackhawks, joins Mike to discuss the 2013 NHL season and the Blackhawks’ five year broadcast rights extension with WGN.


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Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough visits with Garry Meier in the WGN Radio Allstate Showcase Studio to announce the team and the station have signed a five-year extension to their broadcast rights deal.

President of the Chicago Blackhawks, John McDonough, and Garry talk about the season after the lockout.


Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough in the WGN Radio Allstate Showcase Studio visiting with Garry Meier. (WGN Radio photo)


(Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune)


Chicago (January 15, 2013)- The Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago’s WGN Radio AM 720 announced today that they have agreed on a five-year broadcast rightsholder extension. The agreement will keep Blackhawks hockey on the 50,000-watt radio powerhouse through the conclusion of the 2018-19 National Hockey League season. WGN Radio has been the flagship station for the Blackhawks since the start of the 2008-09 campaign, a partnership that united two historic Chicago institutions.

“The Chicago Blackhawks and WGN Radio have forged a special relationship since the partnership began in 2008 and we are proud and honored to be able grow that even further thanks to today’s great news,” said Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough. “WGN Radio has broadcasted countless memories and hallmark moments for our organization and fans over the past few years and we are excited for what the future holds. We thank everyone at station for their tremendous support.”

“We are proud to extend our relationship with the Blackhawks and bring the excitement of hockey play-by-play to our listeners,” said WGN Radio DOS/Interim General Manager, Jeff Hill. “The fast pace of the broadcasts provide an incomparable energy and we look forward to delivering the best hockey broadcasts for the next six years.”

WGN Radio can be heard in 38 states and Canada as well as through live Internet streaming worldwide on, TuneIn, and mobile devices through WGN Radio apps. John Wiedeman serves as the Play-By-Play Announcer for Blackhawks hockey on WGN Radio, while Troy Murray serves as the Color Analyst. Head Coach Joel Quenneville, General Manager Stan Bowman and several players and front office executives make frequent appearances on the station’s different shows.