B.C. Lions radio broadcasts returning to 980 CKNW

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The B.C. Lions have found a new radio partner in, well, their old radio partner.

The club’s audio network will now be heard on 980 CKNW, which previously broadcasted Lions games from 1988 to 2003. Bob ‘The Moj’ Marjanovich and Giulio Caravatta will return for an eighth season on the call.

“980 CKNW has been a major pillar on the British Columbia broadcast landscape for decades,” said team president Duane Vienneau in a statement. “Our club is excited to reunite with 980 CKNW where MOJ and Giulio are no strangers to the NW audience. It is the perfect match for our special 70th season of Lions football.”

The first Lions broadcast on the station will be Friday, May 31 when the club plays its second and final preseason game against the Edmonton Elks. All broadcasts will include a 60-minute pregame show and a 30-minute postgame show.

“We are thrilled to have the B.C. Lions return to 980 CKNW,” said Corus Entertainment executive Sara Hyde. “With the BC Lions celebrating their 70th season and 980 CKNW marking its 80th anniversary this year, this is a perfect partnership of two Vancouver institutions — especially in a year when Vancouver hosts the 111th Grey Cup.”

980 CKNW will also carry B.C. Lions On Tap, a one-hour program featuring Marjanovich and club employees Matt Baker and Nik Kowalski. The show will preview upcoming games, cover special events, and include appearances from players, coaches, and club executives.

The club will maintain its longtime relationships with affiliate stations CFAX 1070 in Victoria, AM 1150 in Kelowna, and Radio NL in Kamloops, Ashcroft, Shuswap/Sorrento, Clearwater, Logan Lake, Blue River, and Avola