Change to ESPN 1000 occurred as WCKG-FM announced that they are in the process of changing formats

Chicago Bulls return to ESPN 1000

Funk, Wennington and Kashul Veteran play-by-play voice Neil Funk and three-time World Champion Bill Wennington (joined by Steve Kashul) will call the action as the Bulls look to stampede their way to a fourth straight trip to the NBA Playoffs.
October 29, 2007 – The Chicago Bulls announced today that they have agreed in principle to a five-year radio broadcast agreement with ESPN 1000 (WMVP-AM).

Beginning with the Bulls 2007.08 season opener on Wednesday, October 31 at New Jersey, all regular season games, playoff games, three pre-season games, halftime, pre-game and post-game shows will air on ESPN 1000. Per team policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Bulls radio broadcasts were heard on WCKG-FM (105.9) for one year during the 2006.07 season. The change to ESPN 1000 occurred in conjunction with WCKG-FM’s announcement that they are in the process of changing formats.

“The Chicago Bulls appreciate our association with everyone at WCKG-FM from Rod Zimmerman to Drew Hayes to Steve Dahl,” said Steve Schanwald, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Bulls. “But, we are really excited to return our broadcasts to ESPN 1000 where we had been for the prior 10 years before we left for WCKG-FM.”

“With this team positioned for a long run at the top, it’s only fitting that they return to the station where they won their last championship,” said Jim Pastor, President and General Manager of ESPN 1000. “This is a wonderful homecoming for both ESPN 1000 and the Chicago Bulls.”

The new agreement positions ESPN 1000 as the flagship station for the Bulls’ Radio Network through the 2011.2012 season.

About ESPN Radio:
ESPN Radio is the nation's largest sports radio network, providing more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content to nearly 750 non-duplicative stations reaching more than 20 million listeners each week. ESPN Radio's nearly 350 full-time affiliates, offering round the clock programming, include owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Additionally, ESPN Radio is also the exclusive national radio network for the NBA, Major League Baseball and the Bowl Championship Series. ESPN Radio's programming is also available to our men and women in uniform serving in more than 175 countries and U.S. territories. Chicago’s ESPN 1000 is home to Mike and Mike in the Morning, Waddle & Silvy, The Mike Tirico Show and Mac, Jurko & Harry.

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