ASU extends athletics radio contract


<p align="justify">The Sun Devil Sports Network and Arizona State University have reached accord on a three-year partnership extension with Bonneville Radio Phoenix to broadcast Sun Devil athletics, ASU Director of Athletics Lisa Love announced Wednesday. The agreement begins effective immediately.</p><separator></separator><p align="justify">Under the agreement, KTAR 620 AM will become the flagship station for Sun Devil football and men&#39;s basketball. The extension calls for a 90-minute pre- and postgame show for football and a 30-minute pre- and postgame show for men=B9s basketball.</p><separator></separator><p align="justify">&quot;We are very excited and enthusiastic to be able to continue our partnership agreement with Bonneville Radio Phoenix, KTAR and Erik Hellum,&quot; said Love. &quot;This agreement provides continuity for us, our sports programs and our fans, by remaining on KTAR 620 AM. The audience penetration, KTAR&#39;s increased ratings and their expanded programming are tremendous features of this partnership.&quot;</p><separator></separator><p align="justify">&quot;For decades, KTAR and ASU have had an excellent partnership,&quot; said Hellum, General Manager at Bonneville. &quot;However, with KTAR-AM&#39;s evolution to Arizona&#39;s first major league all sports radio station and ASU&#39;s great commitment to success on the field and on the court, I believe that our best years are in front of us.&quot;</p><separator></separator><p align="justify">Ten-year veteran broadcaster Tim Healey will continue as the &quot;Voice of the Sun Devils&quot; for football and men&#39;s basketball. Former Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player and ASU star quarterback <a href="http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/vanraaphorst_jeff00.ht… Van Raaphorst</a> continues his role as color analyst for football, entering his 12th season in that capacity. Valley sportscaster Amy Bender will serve as the football sideline host.</p><separator></separator><p align="justify">Additionally, KTAR will air a weekly football and men&#39;s basketball coach&#39;s call-in segment during drive time in the morning and evening. Healey will be involved in the call-in segments. KTAR will also carry a five-minute weekly interview segment with Lisa Love, the ASU Vice President for Athletics. There will also be a Sun Devil Update feature that will air three times per week for 30 consecutive weeks during the academic year.</p><separator></separator><p align="justify">&quot;We are thrilled that ASU Athletics and The Sun Devil Sports Network will continue to be one with Sports 620 KTAR,&quot; said Garrick Dorn, General Manager of Sun Devil Sports Marketing. &quot;KTAR has been the proud home of ASU Athletics for many years and gives Sun Devil fans the quality broadcasting they expect and deserve.&quot;</p><separator></separator><p align="justify">ASU is currently negotiating locally for a radio home for its baseball and women&#39;s basketball broadcasts in 2007-08.</p>