DES MOINES, IA –The Iowa Wild, in conjunction with iHeartMedia Des Moines, announced on Thursday a new two-year broadcast agreement extension on 1460 KXNO through the 2016-17 season.
The two-year deal begins on Saturday, Oct. 10 as the Wild begins its third season in Des Moines with a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Charlotte Checkers at Wells Fargo Arena. The majority of the Iowa Wild’s 76-game regular season will be broadcast live on 1460 KXNO, Des Moines' Sports Station. Every game of the regular season and postseason will also be streamed live on iHeartRadio and AHL Live Radio. The Wild and iHeartMedia Des Moines had opriinally signed a two-year deal in 2013, prior to the team’s inaugural season.
“Partnering with the number one rated sports station in town helps strengthen our brand in central Iowa,” said Iowa Wild President Todd Frederickson. “iHeartMedia Des Moines has been a great partner to the Iowa Wild and by signing for two more years, it shows the commitment by both entities to create the best hockey market in the AHL.”
As part of the agreement, 1460 KXNO will also have Iowa Wild players and coaching staff on air for weekly interviews and features. In addition, the Iowa Wild and KXNO have partnered on a new monthly hockey show, which will be broadcast from various locations in Des Moines.
‘We are excited about our continued partnership with the Iowa Wild”, said KXNO Program Director Mike Killabrew. “We look forward to once again bringing our listeners world-class professional hockey.”
Joe O'Donnell returns for his third season in the booth for the Iowa Wild. In all, he enters his 11th season of calling hockey games, including his eighth in the Minnesota Wild organization. The 35-year old also worked in Houston (AHL), Idaho (ECHL) and Reading (ECHL). The Havertown, PA native has called the AHL's 2011 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 National Conference Broadcaster of the Year in 2007.
As part of the new monthly Hockey Show, O’Donnell will be joined by Josh Fisher, as well as a variety of hockey personalities. Fisher is a veteran of over 1,000 hockey games called and is a regular in the broadcast booth with O’Donnell.
Iowa Wild individual game tickets are on sale now for the 2015-16 season. For single-game tickets, fans may go to www.hy-veetix.com.
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 Green-White game is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Arena with a split-squad scrimmage of Iowa Wild players. The game features two (2) 30-minute running clock halves with a short intermission in between the two periods. Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to gain entrance to the game. The items will be donated to the Bidwell Riverside Center.
The Iowa Wild plays a pair of preseason games, both will be in North Dakota against the Manitoba Moose -the Winnipeg Jets AHL club. Iowa and Manitoba meet in Grand Forks, ND on Fri. Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The two teams will play a second preseason game in Fargo, ND on Sat. Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
Iowa begins its third season in the AHL this fall. The team will host Opening Night on Saturday, Oct. 10. Fans may purchase single-game tickets multiple ways, either through the team's website – www.Iowawild.com, the Wells Fargo Arena box office or participating Hy-Vee food stores. Tickets are available online at www.Iowawild.com under the single game tickets tab. The Wells Fargo Arena box office is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday. For Saturday game days, the box office will open at 10 a.m. For Sunday game days the box office will open at 12 p.m. Fans may also purchase tickets by calling 1-844-55-HYVEE or by visiting participating Hy-Vee food stores locations in the greater Des Moines area. Those interested may also visit www.hy-veetix.com.
Fans interested in buying full season, or smaller season packages may call the Iowa Wild front office at 515-564-8700. In July of 2015, the AHL honored the Iowa Wild by naming it the Western Conference’s Best Fan Experience.
The Iowa Wild 2015-16 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center, it 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 2015-16 season at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 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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