The University of Nebraska Kearney will partner with the Rural Radio network to broadcast UNK Loper sports for the next five years.Games will be heard on 93.1 FM (The River) and 880 AM (106.9FM (KRVN), KRVN announced Thursday.
A select number of sports and postseason events will be covered, including the Lopers’ national-caliber volleyball program.
KRVN Sports Director Jayson Jorgensen will be the new "Voice Of The Lopers." The first broadcast is set for Aug. 31 when the Lopers host Missouri Western State to kick off the football season.
“We are looking forward to this partnership,” said KRVN Station Manager Tim Marshall. “A lot of our employees are alumni and boosters of UNK, and we understand how important it is provide great broadcasts of Lopers athletics. The Nebraska Rural Radio Association consists of nine radio stations across Nebraska, with KRVN AM and KRVN FM being the flagship for Lopers Athletics.”
Founded in 1951, KRVN is the flagship station of the Rural Radio Association and one of only two 50,000-watt stations in Nebraska.
The second-most powerful station in the state, KRVN 880 signal covers most of Nebraska during the day as well as more than half of Kansas and Northeastern Colorado.
At night, its signal covers the western half of the United States. Within the last two years, KRVN AM added an FM translator in Kearney (106.9) to provide that listening area with a 24-hour FM signal.
The River (KRVN FM) is a 100,000-watt station that can be heard from Grand Island to North Platte and Broken Bow into northern Kansas.
UNK games will primarily be on The River with a select number carried on KRVN AM, KRVN said.
Both stations have free audio live-streaming options for Loper fans outside the listening area.
“This goes beyond play-by- play of UNK Athletics,” said Craig Larson, General Manager of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association. “Through our network of stations, we will be able to highlight and promote the entire UNK campus.”