"The biggest winners in this partnership are Iowa State basketball fans in Eastern Iowa," Van De Velde said. "KCRG-TV and KWKB-TV will provide great exposure for our university and athletics programs as a vast majority of Iowa State basketball games will be available. In addition, KCRG will be carrying our men's basketball, women's basketball and football games on its radio stations. We couldn't have done this without the enthusiastic support of (KCRG general manager) John Phelan and (KWKB-TV general manager) Mark Robbins. Bob Helmers from ESPN Regional and the Cyclone Television Network also played a key role in working out this deal. We have been working on this for some time with our Eastern Iowa fans in mind."
KCRG-TV and KWKB-TV will also carry the television coaches shows of ISU football coach Dan McCarney and men's basketball coach Wayne Morgan. KCRG-TV's signal coverage includes Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Iowa City, Decorah, Mt. Pleasant and Dubuque as well as rural areas totaling 22 counties and more than 170 cable systems.
"We are excited that Cyclone fans across Eastern Iowa will be able to follow Iowa State sports on KCRG-TV and radio," Phelan said. "This is a unique type of partnership and we are looking forward to the next two years of broadcasts."
"KWKB-TV has worked very hard for everyone involved," Robbins said. "Our viewers must be served and they benefit the most from this agreement."
KWKB-TV can be seen in Cedar Rapids, Ottumwa and the Quad Cities
"We are very pleased to work with KCRG-TV and KWKB-TV to be able to offer all of the Iowa State basketball games under the ESPN Plus banner," Helmers said. "Under the agreement, fans in Eastern Iowa will have the opportunity to watch games from our Cyclone Network and Big 12 Conference package. This agreement is a benchmark in television exposure for Iowa State in the Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque area."
The Cyclone Radio Network will return to KCRG-AM (1600). KCRG will broadcast all football and men's basketball network broadcasts along with the McCarney, Morgan and Fennelly call-in shows and women's basketball contests.
"This move consolidates all Cyclone Radio Network broadcasts on the same station," Cyclone Radio Network coordinator Eric Heft said. "It also means that the station will carry many women's basketball games provided on the network, in addition to football and men's basketball."
"I also want to underscore the support of Cyclone fans across Eastern Iowa who publicly expressed their support for Iowa State athletics," Van De Velde said. "That support was crucial and our fans should be commended."