July 28, 2005
BERKELEY - KGO Radio (AM 810) and ISP Sports, the multi-media rights holder for University of California Athletics, have signed a five-year contract extension that will keep Golden Bear football on the San Francisco-based station through the 2009 season.
This fall, Cal will be entering its 32nd consecutive season on KGO, the longest radio association in the Pacific-10 Conference and one of the longest relationships in college football. A 50,000-watt station, KGO has been the No. 1-rated radio station in the Bay Area for 27 years.
"To many of our fans, Cal football and KGO are almost synonymous, and this agreement extends that relationship for another five years," said Sandy Barbour, Cal's director of athletics. "We're very pleased to continue that tradition."
Added KGO president and general manager Mickey Luckoff: "While so many things change in business relationships and the world around us, we're delighted to be adding another five-year agreement to what is already one of the longest standing associations in college football."
In the booth, Joe Starkey returns for his 31st straight season calling all of the play-by-play action, while former Cal quarterback Troy Taylor joins him as an analyst this fall. The Bears' signal-caller from 1986-89, Taylor still holds the Bear record for career passing yards (8,126).
Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show prior to kickoff, with the postgame report including player interviews from the locker room. In addition, a new feature this year is the Fifth Quarter, a 30-minute postgame program that follows the game and will be hosted by Dave Rosselli and Lee Grosscup.
Joining KGO Radio on an expanded Cal football network this season are KKGO Radio (1260 AM, Los Angeles), KKGO Radio (540 AM, San Diego), KTKZ Radio (1380 AM, Sacramento), KESP Radio (970 AM, Modesto) and KNRO Radio (600 AM, Redding). Other affiliates may be added to the network prior to the season.
ISP Sports, the exclusive multi-media rights holder for Cal Athletics, is based in Winston-Salem, N.C., and manages radio networks for a number of nationally prominent Division I athletic programs, including Auburn, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.