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The Packers Radio Network is a broadcast radio network and the official radio broadcaster of the Green Bay Packers football team. The network's flagship is Journal Communications' WTMJ (AM) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which has broadcast the games since November 24, 1929.[1] This is one of the few arrangements where a team's flagship radio station is not based in their home market and the local station serves as a network affiliate only; the rights for Packers games in the Green Bay area have bounced between Midwest Communications and Cumulus Media throughout the last few years, while stations carrying the games owned by Woodward Communications which nominally serve the Fox Cities exclusively have equally heavy listenership in Green Bay.

The Green Bay stations designated below in the table are considered additional "primary" stations in the network. This designation only truly comes to use in the later stages of the NFL Playoffs if the Packers make it to the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, where those primary stations can carry the Packers Radio Network local call. All other network stations, including those in the Fox Cities, must carry the national Dial Global call instead in line with NFL rules.

Its primary programming consists of broadcasts of Packer home and away games to a network of 56 stations in Wisconsin, the U.P., Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, along with a two-hour pre-game show and three-hour postgame show which allows listeners to call, email, or text in a sports talk format about the finished game. Wayne Larrivee has been the play-by-play announcer since 1999, while former Packer center and current WTMJ/WGBA Packers analyst Larry McCarren has worked as the color commentator since 1995. Both Larrivee and McCarren contribute to the team's television programs, in addition.

Though its broadcasts began in 1929, WTMJ did not begin paying the Packers for broadcast rights until 1943; it paid the team $7500 to broadcast the season. In the early 1930s, there was no exclusive right given to broadcast games, and WHBY in Green Bay often sent its own announcers to call the game. From 1933 to 1936, three additional stations carried WTMJ's radio broadcasts of Packer games: WLBL in Stevens Point, WTAQ in Green Bay and WKBH in La Crosse. WSAW in Wausau and WJMS in Ironwood, Michigan started carrying the feed in 1937.[2]

Announcers

Stations

Wisconsin

  • WTMJ 620 AM Milwaukee (flagship station)[5]
  • WRLO 105.3 FM Antigo
  • WHBY 1150 AM Appleton
  • WAPL 105.7 FM Appleton
  • WATW 1400 AM Ashland
  • WBSZ 93.3 FM Ashland
  • WBDL 102.9 FM Baraboo
  • WXRO 95.3 FM Beaver Dam
  • WJMQ 92.3 FM Clintonville
  • WBIZ 1400 AM Eau Claire
  • WBIZ 100.7 FM Eau Claire
  • KFIZ 1450 AM Fond du Lac
  • WFON 107.1 FM Fond du Lac
  • WFAW 940 AM Fort Atkinson
  • WTAQ 1360 AM Green Bay (local primary station for network)
  • WTAQ-FM 97.5 FM Town of Glenmore/Green Bay (local primary station for network)
  • WIXX 101.1 FM Green Bay (local primary station for network)
  • WRLS 92.3 FM Hayward
  • WCLO 1230 AM Janesville
  • WJVL 99.9 FM Janesville
  • WKTY 580 AM La Crosse
  • WGLR-FM 97.7 FM Lancaster
  • WIBA 1310 AM Madison
  • WIBA-FM 101.5 FM Madison
  • WOMT 1240 AM Manitowoc
  • WMAM 570 AM Marinette
  • WLST 95.1 FM Marinette
  • WKEB 99.3 FM Medford
  • WCQM 98.3 FM Park Falls
  • WQPC 94.3 FM Prairie du Chien
  • WCYE 93.7 FM Rhinelander
  • WJMC-FM 96.1 FM Rice Lake
  • WRCO-FM 100.9 FM Richland Center
  • WEVR 1550 AM River Falls
  • WEVR-FM 106.3 FM River Falls
  • WTCH 960 AM Shawano
  • WHBL 1330 AM Sheboygan
  • WXCX 105.7 FM Siren
  • WCOW 97.1 FM Sparta
  • WSAU-FM 99.9 FM Stevens Point
  • WSRG 97.7 FM Sturgeon Bay
  • WDSM 710 AM Superior
  • WDUX-FM 92.7 FM Waupaca
  • WSAU 550 AM Wausau
  • WAUH 102.3 FM Wautoma
  • WHTL 102.3 FM Whitehall

Iowa

Michigan

  • WGLQ 97.1 FM Escanaba[5]
  • WJNR 101.5 FM Iron Mountain
  • WIKB-FM 99.1 FM Iron River
  • WIMI 99.7 FM Ironwood

Minnesota

  • KLBB 1220 AM Stillwater[5]

North Dakota

  • KFYR 550 AM Bismarck[5]

South Dakota

References

  1. Packers, WTMJ Sign Long-Term Extension Of Radio Rights Agreement
  2. Randall Davidson, 9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconisn Press, 2006. 222-223
  3. Gary D'Amato, Irwin closes in on retirement after 30 years, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 13, 1998.
  4. Russell G. Winnie - Sports Announcer - Assistant General Manager of Radio
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named packer


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