Packers Radio Network

The Packers Radio Network is a broadcast radio network and the official radio broadcaster of the Green Bay Packers football team. The network's flagship is the Good Karma Brands's WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which has broadcast the games since November 24, 1929, and was the former flagship station of Journal Communications until the E. W. Scripps Company and Journal completed their broadcast merger and publishing spin-off on April 1, 2015 (Good Karma took over WTMJ's operations on November 1, 2018 upon Scripps' second withdrawal from radio).[1] This is one of the few arrangements where a team's flagship radio station is not based in their home market and the local station serves as a network affiliate only, as WTMJ's signal to Green Bay and most of Wisconsin's population centers is city-grade; the rights for Packers games in the Green Bay area have bounced between Midwest Communications and Cumulus Media throughout the last few years, while stations carrying the games owned by Woodward Communications which nominally serve the Fox Cities exclusively have equally heavy listenership in Green Bay.

An internal Part 15 radio station featuring the Packers Radio Network play-by-play, along with public address and scoreboard announcements, serves the area surrounding Lambeau Field during Packers home games to provide the game call to those in attendance without the delay experienced by the uploading of the network feed via satellite. The feed is on a non-standard FM frequency which requires purchase of a special radio tuner from the team's pro shop to listen to that signal clearly, though it is audible with cross-channel interference from Wisconsin Public Radio's WPNE at 87.5 FM on regular tuners.

The Green Bay stations designated below in the table are considered additional "primary" stations in the network. This designation only truly comes to use in the later stages of the NFL Playoffs if the Packers make it to the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, where those primary stations can carry the Packers Radio Network local call. All other network stations, including those licensed to communities in the Fox Cities, must carry the national Westwood One call instead in line with NFL rules.

In situations where Milwaukee Brewers baseball playoff games conflict with Packers games (WTMJ and Good Karma Brands also originate that team's broadcasts as the Brewers Radio Network) in September and October, WTMJ's FM sister station WKTI (94.5) originates the games in Milwaukee, with other stations in the Packers Radio Network making their own determinations about carriage of both games depending on whether they have a sister station to broadcast both games. WTMJ is simulcast on HD Radio over WKTI-HD2, in addition to the main AM signal's HD broadcast. Despite the NFL's Game Pass service nominally restricting WTMJ from streaming PRN coverage over the Internet, the station has streamed the team's games since the 2011 season, outside playoff games, though the streaming has been limited to desktop computers as of the 2015 NFL season due to both the new Game Pass package and TuneIn's premium service holding streaming rights for NFL play-by-play on mobile devices.

Its primary programming consists of broadcasts of Packer home and away games to a network of 56 stations in Wisconsin, the U.P., Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota, along with a two-hour pre-game show and three-hour postgame show which allows listeners to call, email, or text in a sports talk format about the finished game. Wayne Larrivee has been the play-by-play announcer since 1999, while former Packer center Larry McCarren has worked as the color commentator since 1995. Both Larrivee and McCarren contribute to the team's television programs, in addition to work with WTMJ's television sister station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee and WGBA-TV in Green Bay, where McCarren was sports director from 2013 until 2015 when he began to focus exclusively on his Packers network duties.

Though its broadcasts began in 1929, WTMJ did not begin paying the Packers for broadcast rights until 1943; it paid the team $7500 to broadcast the season. In the early 1930s, there was no exclusive right given to broadcast games, and WHBY, then based in Green Bay, often sent its own announcers to call the game. From 1933 to 1936, three additional stations carried WTMJ's radio broadcasts of Packer games: WLBL in Stevens Point (a non-commercial station owned by the state commerce department decades before the creation of Wisconsin Public Radio), WTAQ in Green Bay and WKBH in La Crosse. WSAW in Wausau and WJMS in Ironwood, Michigan started carrying the feed in 1937.[2]

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Green Bay Packers radio affiliates
Map of radio affiliates; note that location of transmitter sites are shown, thus WTMJ's transmitter location in Union Grove in Racine County is shown rather than Milwaukee (which is unmapped here with WKTI/W277CV's transmitter location).

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References

  1. ^ Packers, WTMJ Sign Long-Term Extension Of Radio Rights Agreement Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Randall Davidson, 9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. 222-223
  3. ^ Gary D'Amato, Irwin closes in on retirement after 30 years, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 13, 1998.
  4. ^ Russell G. Winnie - Sports Announcer - Assistant General Manager of Radio
  5. ^ a b c d "Packers Radio Station Listing". The Official Website of the Green Bay Packers. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
Green Bay Packers cheerleaders

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KFIZ (AM)

KFIZ (1450 kHz, "News-Talk 1450") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The station is owned by Randy Hopper's Mountain Dog Media and the license is held by RBH Enterprises, Inc. KFIZ airs a News/Talk radio format. The studios and offices are on Winnebago Drive and the transmitter is off West Scott Street. KFIZ is among Wisconsin's oldest commercial radio stations, beginning experimental broadcasts in 1922.

KLBB (AM)

KLBB (1220 AM) was a full-time radio station licensed to Stillwater, Minnesota, serving the eastern suburban Twin Cities area and western-central Wisconsin. It was locally and independently owned by Dan & Gretchen Smith. Known as “Club 12-20,” KLBB played adult standards and classic hits. It was the Twin Cities affiliate of the Green Bay Packers Radio Network. Other programming included “The Wolf Brewing All Request and Dedication Show with Stan Turner,” “The Morning Show with Jeff Petersen,” and was the flagship station for Saint Paul Saints Baseball and Stillwater Ponies Football.

The studios and transmitter were located in Stillwater, Minnesota, and the daytime signal area covered the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as portions of western Wisconsin.

KLBB had news updates at top of hour from Fox News, Minnesota Network News, the KLBB News Desk as well as local weather from Weatherology at the top of the hour. KLBB’s local news featured news from the eastern Twin Cities area and western Wisconsin.

KLBB was also an affiliate of America’s Best Music, which features adult standards from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick, Jr., and Michael Bublé as well as classics from The Beatles to contemporary music from such artists as Celine Dion.

On weekends, KLBB aired programs such as “The Stan Turner Show,” “Flashback Twin Cities with Tom Oszman,” “The Sounds of Sinatra,” “Shake Rattle Showtime,” “Martini Mix with Mike Martin” and “Live from St. Andrew’s,“ a live broadcast of the worship service from St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota.

KLBB also included national and local features such as “The Osgood File,” “Bill Scott’s Titletown Report,” “Rudy Maxa’s Travel Minute,” “Community Calendar,” “Here’s What’s Happening in the Saint Croix Valley” and “Success Journal.”

For over 25 years, KLBB featured special deals from local businesses on “The Super Saver” show.

Signing on in 1949, the 1220 AM frequency had a series of call letters including: WSHB (1949 sign-on to 1955), WAVN (1955-1983), WVLE (1983-1985), WTCN (1985-1993), WIMN (1993-1/1/1997) and WEZU (1/1/1997-2003). WMGT "The Mighty 12-20" (2003-2006), KLBB (2006-2018).

Many noted personalities worked at 1220 AM, including: Ralph Jon Fritz, Steve Cannon, and others.

KLBB ceased broadcasting at 11:59 PM (CT) on March 31, 2018. The 3.6 acres of land in Stillwater which was the location of the station's radio tower had been sold to Ecumen. The announcement of the station's demise was made a month prior on February 28. KLBB concluded its final broadcast with a message from station owner Dan Smith, followed by the Frank Sinatra song, “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)”.

KSOO-FM

KSOO-FM (99.1 FM, "ESPN 99.1") is a radio station with a Sports format with programming from ESPN Radio. Licensed to Lennox, South Dakota, United States, the station serves the Sioux Falls area. The station is currently owned by Townsquare Media.Its studios are located on Tennis Lane in Sioux Falls, while its transmitter is located near Lennox.

KXRB (AM)

KXRB (1140 AM) is a radio station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota airing a classic country format. The station is owned by Townsquare Media.

The programming on what was then KSOO was previously a mix of local talk shows, including "Viewpoint University", "McDaniel's Mess", and "The Mainstreet Cafe", which focused on the current events of the Sioux Falls area and South Dakota. KSOO also featured a variety of nationally-syndicated shows, such as Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, The Dave Ramsey Show and Lars Larson. KSOO aired the National Football League games of the Green Bay Packers as the only South Dakota affiliate of the Packers Radio Network.

Larry McCarren

Larry Anthony McCarren (born November 9, 1951 in Park Forest, Illinois) is a former American football player for twelve seasons in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. McCarren had a long career as the Packers' starting center. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1982 and 1983. After his playing career ended, he was inducted in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

He began a television and radio broadcasting career in 1988 at WFRV-TV and he was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year four times. McCarren has been working on the Packers Radio Network as the color commentator for the Packers' radio broadcasts since 1995.

Mark Tauscher

Mark Tauscher (; born June 17, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He won Super Bowl XLV with them over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Wisconsin. He now provides studio commentary for NFL coverage on Sky Sports in Britain.

Rockwood Lodge

Rockwood Lodge was the training facility of the Green Bay Packers from 1946 through 1949. Originally built in 1937 as a retreat for a local Norbertine Order, the lodge was purchased by Packers coach and general manager Curly Lambeau in 1943 and then heavily renovated to serve as the Packers training facility, making it the first self-contained training facility in pro football history. Although the facility was state-of-the-art at the time, many members of the Packers franchise and local fans complained of its large cost, distance from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and its poor practice field. The lodge burned down in 1950, with the likely cause being faulty electrical wiring. The Packers received $75,000 in insurance money from the fire, which would be used to help reestablish the Packers long term financial security. Lambeau resigned from the Packers just a week after the fire. The Rockwood Lodge site would go on to be purchased by Brown County, Wisconsin and developed into a public park.

WAPL

WAPL (105.7 FM) is a classic rock formatted radio station licensed to Appleton, Wisconsin, that serves the Green Bay and Appleton-Oshkosh areas. The station is owned by Woodward Communications, and has studios on College Avenue in Appleton, with transmitting facilities located near the WGBA Tower west of unincorporated Shirley in the Town of Glenmore in southeastern Brown County.

WCQM

WCQM (98.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Park Falls, Wisconsin, United States, the station is currently owned by Stephen Marks through licensee Park Falls Community Broadcasting Corporation, and features programming from Dial Global.

WFON

WFON (107.1 FM) is a radio station licensed to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The station is owned by RBH Enterprises, Inc.

WGBA-TV

WGBA-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 14), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of a duopoly with Appleton-licensed MyNetworkTV affiliate WACY-TV (channel 32). The two stations share studios on North Road alongside the WIS 172 freeway in Ashwaubenon (with a Green Bay postal address); WGBA's transmitter is located in the unincorporated community of Shirley, east of De Pere.

On cable, the station is available on channel 13 on Charter Spectrum (channel 8 on Charter's legacy Fond du Lac system]), channel 7 on CenturyLink and Comcast Xfinity in Manitowoc, either channel 7 or channel 10 in most outlying areas of the market, and channel 26 on AT&T U-verse.

WIXX

WIXX (101.1 FM) is a Top 40 (CHR) radio station licensed to and serving Green Bay, Wisconsin, along with Appleton, Oshkosh, and much of Northeast Wisconsin. The station is owned and operated by Wausau, Wisconsin-based Midwest Communications, and is part of a Midwest-owned cluster of 8 stations in the market. WIXX broadcasts from studios located on Bellevue Street in the Green Bay suburb of Bellevue, and transmits from a tower on Scray's Hill in the Brown County town of Ledgeview, sharing a site with WBAY-TV, WPNE-TV, and WPNE radio.

WRLS-FM

WRLS-FM (92.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve the community of Hayward, Wisconsin, United States. The station's broadcast license is held by Vacationland Broadcasting, Inc.

WRLS-FM broadcasts an adult contemporary music format to the greater Hayward, Wisconsin-Spooner, Wisconsin, area. The station airs select news programming from NBC News Radio. WRLS-FM airs the National Football League games of the Green Bay Packers as an affiliate of the Packers Radio Network.The station was assigned the call sign WRLS-FM by the Federal Communications Commission on January 15, 1980.

WRUP

WRUP (98.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Palmer, Michigan in Northern Upper Peninsula broadcasting a satellite-fed classic rock format from Jones Radio Networks. The station was previously a country and then an oldies station (as WHCH "Hot Country Hits" and then "Oldies 98") before changing over to the current format. The station transmits its signal from an antenna 1,018 feet in height atop a hill located northwest of Marquette and broadcasts with an effective radiated power of 2,600 watts. WRUP's transmitter was moved in October 2008 to Marquette County from Munising where it had been located since the station first went on the air in 1974.

As WQXO-FM, the station in the early 1970s simulcast the MOR/adult contemporary format of AM sister WGON (later and now WQXO) during the day, and aired beautiful music during non-simulcast dayparts. By the early 1980s, WQXO-AM/FM were simulcast 24/7 with an adult contemporary format. This was followed in the early 1990s by the WHCH calls and country and then oldies music, and then the current calls and format.

The WRUP calls were previously used in Marquette, Michigan in the 1980s on 103.3 FM as "UP 103"; the station is now WFXD.

WRUP is the home and official broadcaster of the Michigan state champion of the Ishpeming Hematites. They are also a part of the Packers Radio Network, broadcasting all Green Bay Packer Games.

WSAU-FM

WSAU-FM (99.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a News/Talk format, simulcasting WSAU in Wausau. Licensed to Rudolph, Wisconsin, United States, the station serves the Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids area. The station is currently owned by Midwest Communications. WSAU derives a large amount of its programming from nationally syndicated Conservative talk radio shows, and also broadcasts sports, such as from the Packers Radio Network.

WSSP

WSSP (1250 AM) is a Milwaukee-based sports talk station owned by Entercom. Its studios and transmitter are co-located in Hales Corners.

The station has been simulcast on WXSS-FM (103.7)'s HD2 HD Radio subchannel since October 2010. WSSP also aired syndicated programming from Fox Sports Radio until January 2013, when they switched to CBS Sports Radio.

In July 2014, the station began broadcasting on an FM translator station using the WXSS-HD2 signal, W289CB, from Shorewood on 105.7 FM. This became the primary signal for branding on October 1, 2014, as the station rebranded as "105.7 The Fan".

Wayne Larrivee

Wayne Larrivee is an American sportscaster. Larrivee is currently the radio play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers on the Packers Radio Network alongside color commentator Larry McCarren and calls college football and basketball for the Big Ten Network on television. Despite his current job with the Packers, Larrivee has long been associated with Chicago sports, having spent time as the voice of the Chicago Cubs, over a decade as the voice of the Chicago Bears and nearly twenty years as the television voice of the Chicago Bulls.

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