B.C. Lions sign two-year radio broadcast deal with Corus Entertainment

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The B.C. Lions are returning to the team’s broadcast roots as the franchise has announced a two-year radio partnership with Corus Entertainment.

Beginning with the August 6 season opener in Saskatchewan, all Lions games will be broadcast on AM 730 with play-by-play man Bob “The Moj” Marjanovich and analyst Giulio Caravatta returning to the booth.

“It’s exciting for both Giulio and I to be back on the airwaves and for the great Lions fans to have the ability to tune in,” stated Marjanovich who begins season number five in the Lions’ booth.

“For me, it’s pretty cool to be a part of it. I take great pride in it, I enjoy it and just try to meet the bar that has been set by those great voices in the booth that did it before me.”

The Lions Radio Network returns across the province as the team welcomes back long-time affiliate stations including CFAX 1070 in Victoria, AM 1150 in Kelowna and Radio NL serving Kamloops, Ashcroft, Shuswap/Sorrento, Clearwater, Logan Lake, Blue River and Avola.

“Partnering with Corus Entertainment ensures our brand reach will continue to extend across the province on multiple platforms,” Lions vice president of business George Chayka said in a statement.

“With a network that includes the province’s most popular radio station in Global News Radio 980 CKNW and the ability to reach a large television audience on Global BC and BC1, we know our diehard fans will get their fix of Lions football all season long.”

Lions games were heard on CKNW 980 as recently as 1988-2003. Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee J.P. McConnell and former Lions running back and BC Football Hall of Fame inductee Tom Larscheid formed the broadcast duo for most of that time. Caravatta first joined the booth for the 2000 season.

“The Canadian Football League is a great connector of sports fans across the country and we are thrilled to be the go-to destination for news and play-by-play updates for a team that represents our province so well,” Larry Gifford, national director of talk radio, Corus Entertainment said in a statement.

 Additional information on the Lions and Corus broadcast plans:

  • Dedicated Lions radio shows LIVE from training camp in Kamloops.
  • One-hour pre and post-game shows on AM 730 for all 14 regular season games, plus playoffs.
  • Player and coach interviews on the province’s most listened to radio station, Global News Radio 980 CKNW.
  • Promotional coverage on FM affiliates CFOX and Rock 101.
  • Extensive television coverage on Global BC and BC1.