Illinois notebook: Illini broadcasts changing radio stations

John Supinie

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois football and basketball broadcasts in Springfield are headed to another station.

After a longstanding agreement with WTAX, the Illini broadcasts will move this fall to WFMB AM-1450 and WCVS FM (96.7). The initial deal is for a three-year contract, but the partnership could be long term.

"We're very excited when you can add the flagship university in the state,'' said WFMB general manager Kevin O'Dea. "We've always wanted it if we could get it. It complements everything we do.''

Every Illinois game will be broadcast on WCVS. O'Dea seesno conflicts on WFMB AM 1450 other than Sacred Heart-Griffin postseason football games or perhaps a Cubs postseason run in future years. The station will also broadcast some Illini women's basketball and volleyball.

The Illini broadcasts are now syndicated through Learfield Sports, and WFMB already used some Learfield programming. WFMB is part of Neuhoff Media, whose stations in the Decatur and Danville markets already host Illini games.

NUNN FINALISTS: Chicago Simeon guard Kendrick Nunn, a senior next season, announced Illinois is among his finalists along with Marquette, Memphis, UCLA and Ohio State.

Nunn's father, Melvin, told City/Suburban Hoops Report the process after a busy summer with club, high school and USA Basketball teams will concentrate on building relationships with the coaching staffs from the five schools. Nunn will set up official visits, and Nunn's father said Kendrick would take his time before narrowing it down to "two or three schools.''

The news from Nunn was a step in the right direction for Illinois coach John Groce, who has been working to create a foothold in the loaded Chicago recruiting hotbed.

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