|Aeros/KNTH hook up for ninth straight year.|
You can read the entire press release below, but the Aeros will be on the radio again throughout the 2012-13 season. They'll again be on 1070 KNTH for the ninth straight year, a great run for any team and radio affiliate. Hats off to those that got this done.
Generally these agreements go year-to-year now, so if the Aeros are still playing in Houston next year, you can expect another agreement sometime before opening day 2013.
The text below has some very nice notes about the Aeros play-by-play man, Joe O'Donnell, who will start his fifth season in Houston this year. It is hard to believe that it has been that long since Jason Shaver did his one year behind the mike. The Aeros have been quite lucky with the talent of all their announcers, and Joe is no exception.
I have to admit, I questioned his hiring after his first season; I thought he was a little raw, and his Northeast accent cut in to his delivery a little bit.
But since then, he's been great, and I always enjoy listening to him in the car when that is where I am when the team is playing. Another plus with Joe is his interviews. He mixes things up for pregame shows and asks useful questions without getting too technical. That goes a long way for the non hard-core fans.
The only thing missing now, to me, is a great analyst to work with him on home games. I know former pro hockey players are few and far between in Houston, but if one falls out of the sky this year, I hope he gets on the air.
Maybe we can get new Aeros PR guru Josh Fisher on the air with him for the intra-division road games. For those of you who don't know, Josh was the play by play wizard for the Texas Stars for the last three seasons.
He, too, is very talented. And fans are going to like what he has in store for the Web site and from a PR perspective.
Boy, this sure does sound like some serious ass-kissing, but I wanted to take the time to compliment these guys for the work they do. They do terrific work, and this team is a whole lot better with them on board.
Here is the Aeros press release on the new radio deal:
HOUSTON AEROS AND KNTH 1070AM EXTEND BROADCAST AGREEMENT
50 Regular Season Games Will be Live on 1070 AM and Web Stream
Houston, TX – The Houston Aeros, in conjunction with KNTH 1070 AM, announced on Tuesday a broadcast agreement for the 2012-13 season.
The Aeros return for their ninth season on KNTH 1070 AM. The “Voice of the Aeros”, Joe O’Donnell returns for his fifth season of Aeros hockey. O’Donnell called the Aeros 2011 Run to the Calder Cup Finals. In his eight seasons of hockey broadcasting, the Havertown, PA native has made an ECHL All-Star Game appearance and called the Idaho Steelheads run to a Kelly Cup title in 2007. For his efforts, the University of Delaware graduate was named the ECHL Broadcaster of the Year in 2007.
At least 50 games will run live on KNTH airwaves throughout the 2012-13 campaign. There is potential for more games to be added based on programming. Every Aeros broadcast will be available on the AHLlive.com or on the station’s webstream www.1070knth.com.
“KNTH started on the air in September of 2004 and the Aeros have been there from the beginning”, said KNTH General Manager Chuck Jewell. “We are starting our ninth season with the team and we are extremely proud to be the voice of the Houston Aeros at home and on the road.”
KNTH 1070 AM is a conservative news/talk station featuring Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt.
The American Hockey League announced that regular-season AHL action will be heard live on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, beginning with the opening night of the 2012-13 season on Oct. 12. SiriusXM NHL Network Radio will carry the Houston Aeros home game on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 5:00 p.m.
SiriusXM NHL Network Radio can be found on Sirius 207 and XM 92, providing more than 20 million subscribers in Canada and the United States with groundbreaking 24/7 hockey talk. This marks the eighth consecutive season that AHL action will air on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, including the annual AHL All-Star Game, the Calder Cup Finals and other regular-season and playoff games.
The Aeros open the 76-game regular season this coming Saturday. The home portion of the schedule commences on Saturday, Oct. 13th at 7:05 p.m. with the Charlotte Checkers at the Toyota Center. The game will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Aeros game played by the World Hockey Association (WHA) team in 1972.
Aeros season tickets start as low as $9 per seat and may be purchased online at Aeros.com by placing a $100 deposit. Once your order is processed, an Aeros ticket representative will contact you to choose your exact seat location, as well as discuss the payment options. Information on season tickets and mini-plans is also available on the team website at www.aeros.com. Groups of 15 or more receive a discount on all tickets, to book your group outing to an Aeros game please call 713-974-PUCK (7825).
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