MSG Media And 1050 ESPN Radio Announce Renewal Of Broadcasting Agreement For New York Knicks And New York Rangers

June 19, 2007 5:28 pm EDT

New Multiyear Pact Begins With 2007-08 Seasons

NEW YORK, June 18, 2007 – MSG Media and 1050 ESPN Radio have announced a multi-year agreement for 1050 to continue as the radio broadcast home of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, beginning with the 2007-08 seasons.

"We're excited to renew our partnership with 1050 ESPN Radio, and all the unique marketing and promotional opportunities that come with being involved with such a world-renowned brand" stated Michael Bair, president, MSG Media. “It allows two of the strongest brands in sports, MSG and ESPN, to continue to build on a relationship that has served New York sports fans, the most astute in the world, with the highest quality radiocasts in the country.”

“We’re proud and excited to continue our partnership with the Garden and help deliver great memories to a new generation of Knicks and Rangers fans,” said Tim McCarthy, president and general manager, 1050 ESPN Radio. “The Knicks and Rangers are among the most well-known brands in sports and this agreement demonstrates 1050 ESPN Radio’s commitment to bringing our listeners the best local sports product. New York-area fans have high expectations for the teams’ on-court and on-ice success next season and we’re excited that 1050 continues to join ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ as the Knicks and Rangers address.”

“ESPN Radio has been a terrific partner, and the Knicks and Rangers are thrilled to renew their relationship with them,” said Steve Mills, president and chief operating officer, MSG Sports. “After two years, fans have really noticed the effort and professionalism that ESPN brings to every radiocast, and we look forward to the continued energy that they bring to every game.”

MSG Media, comprised of two television networks, MSG and FSN New York, is an industry leader in production and content development. Both networks telecast over 500 professional and collegiate sporting events a year along with a full slate of Emmy Awardwinning programs. MSG Media is part of Madison Square Garden, L.P., owned by Cablevision Systems Corporation, and includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League); MSG Entertainment, which includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, and the Beacon Theatre; MSG Media, which is comprised of MSG and FSN New York; fuse, the music television network; and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.

Now in its sixth year, 1050 ESPN Radio is the flagship station of ESPN Radio, the New York radio home of Major League Baseball, the New York Jets, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and New York City’s only 24-hour, all-sports radio station. In addition to its weekday ESPN Radio-originated programs Mike and Mike in the Morning and Dan Patrick, 1050 ESPN Radio’s locally originated lineup, under GM Tim McCarthy and Program Director Mike Thompson, features Max Kellerman (10am-12noon), Stephen A. Smith (12noon-2pm), Michael Kay during afternoon drive (4-7pm) and Brandon Tierney (7-10pm).