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C of I announces ESPN Boise radio partnership

Impact Radio Group and The College of Idaho have announced that ESPN Boise will serve as the flagship radio station of Coyote football and men’s basketball games for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. All 11 Coyote football games during the 2016 season and the entire men’s basketball 2016-17 season will be broadcast live on both ESPN Boise stations—96.5 FM and 730 AM—along with ESPNBoise.com and the ESPN Boise App.   

“ESPN Boise is proud to present the Treasure Valley access to The College of Idaho,” said ESPN Boise Program Director Michael Christianson. “Impact Radio Group and ESPN Boise are excited about our partnership and look forward to being the home of College of Idaho athletics. Athletic Director Marty Holly and the rest of the C of I administrators and coaches have done a tremendous job building a top college atmosphere with successful programs and student-athletes. We're looking forward to sharing the success of coaches Mike Moroski, Scott Garson and all C of I athletics with the YoteFam fan base that exists throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond.” 

Longtime C of I play-by-play man Mike Safford returns for his 16th year as the voice of Coyote basketball and will assume play-by-play duties for football as well. Safford also will anchor a weekly coaches’ show throughout the football and basketball season on ESPN Boise, along with the station’s daily “Yote Report” highlighting C of I athletics.

Current ESPN Boise producer Joey Jenkins, a longtime broadcaster from north Idaho, will join Safford on football broadcasts, handling color commentary duties. Jenkins recently joined the ESPN Boise staff from ESPN Palouse.

“We are excited to have ESPN Boise as our flagship station for Coyote football and basketball,” said C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly. “We are grateful for the work that Dave Tester and Claudia Weathermon did to lay the foundation of our football radio broadcasts—from our zero-year through the great victory over Carroll to end last season. We believe that the ESPN brand and the multiple platforms that ESPN Boise and the Impact Radio Group affiliates have will help us promote Coyote athletics to levels never before achieved in this market.”

Along with game broadcasts, ESPN Boise will air weekly segments with head coaches Mike Moroski and Scott Garson as well as C of I student-athletes on its two local shows—“The Press Box” with B.J. Rains and Jay Tust from 9-11 a.m. and “The Breakdown” with John Mallory and Christianson from 2-6 p.m.  

Coyote athletics has a long tradition on the local airwaves. C of I basketball was carried on the radio each season from 1946-2009 and again last season, while football games have been broadcast locally since the program returned to the field in 2014. 

The first ESPN Boise football broadcast is slated for Sept. 3, when the Coyotes host Montana Western at Simplot Stadium at 1 p.m.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.

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