Wednesday morning the Capitals announced that local Caps radio broadcasts will be returning to FM radio. Last season, after several years on 106.7 WJFK The Fan, the station dropped hockey, leaving fans in the DC area with only one option: 1500 AM WFED Federal News Radio.
Even with the AM coverage, when programming conflicts arose, fans could only access radio through the team’s mobile app. A mid-season FM deal was struck with 104.7, but it was a low power station that left many local fans without FM coverage.
Fans wanting to tune into Caps hockey on AM instead of FM can still use 1500 AM this season, but this season the Caps will be returning to 106.7 FM as their flagship station.
Out of town fans can listen to Capitals 24/7 Radio via the Capitals Mobile App or the Tunein Radio App. Games will be exclusively streamed via moble app when there is a conflict with 106.7 (for example, Saturday’s game conflicts with the Nationals’ Game Two playoff game).
Announcer John Walton will be returning for his seventh season behind the mic, with Caps alumni Ken Sabourin returning for his 15th season at the Capitals Radio Network to provide analysis.
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The Washington Capitals have reached an agreement to air broadcasts of their games on WJFK 106.7 FM and Hubbard Radio (WFED 1500), Monumental Sports & Entertainment senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy Hunter Lochmann announced today. 106.7 The Fan will serve as the flagship station for the Capitals, carrying Capitals games plus pre- and postgame shows on one of the region’s strongest radio signals. WFED 1500 AM will serve as the AM destination for the team.
“106.7 The Fan is the true leader in sports programming throughout our region and we are excited to renew our partnership with them and provide our fans with great Caps coverage and original programming all season long,” said Lochmann. “Fans can expect 106.7 The Fan to deliver comprehensive coverage through the partnership, and in addition to airing our games, we look forward to working with them to deliver outstanding Caps-related programming throughout the season.”
Capitals radio play-by-play announcer John Walton will return for his seventh season of calling the action, while former Capital Ken Sabourin enters his 15th season of providing analysis for all Capitals games.
Capitals game broadcasts will all include 15 minutes of pre-game coverage prior to puck drop and 30 minutes after the game concludes. The post-game show will include player interviews and a live broadcast of Capitals head coach Barry Trotz’s post-game press conference. The Capitals pre and post-game game show will be hosted by Ben Raby.
“We’re thrilled to bring Capitals hockey back to DC’s top-rated sports station,” said Chris Kinard, 106.7 The Fan’s program director. “Caps fans don’t want to miss a second of action, and now they’ll hear games and complementary programming throughout Washington via our full-market FM signal. To round out game broadcasts, 106.7 The Fan will also offer listeners weekly segments with players John Carlson and Jay Beagle, bi-weekly interviews with head coach Barry Trotz, and the weekly call-in show, “Crashing the Net.”
All Capitals games can also be heard on Caps Radio 24/7, the team’s 24-hour audio channel, featuring round-the-clock news updates, player interviews, and music selected by players, coaches, fans, and the team’s game entertainment staff. “Caps Talk” airs on Caps Radio 24/7 Monday through Friday, a two-hour call-in show from 4-6 p.m. Hosted by Walton, the show will feature the latest news from the Washington Capitals, interviews with players and coaches, local and national media, as well as live phone calls from fans in a talk-show format. Caps Radio 24/7 is the online home of the Capitals Radio Network, airing all Capitals games as well as select Hershey Bears and South Carolina Stingrays broadcasts. The station can be accessed, free of charge, via the Caps Mobile App radio button as well as through TuneIn radio app and anywhere online at www.capsradio247.com.
The Capitals Radio Network includes 14 different stations in 2017-18, serving the Mid-Atlantic region from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
About 106.7 The Fan
106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major market radio operators in the United States. The Fan can be heard on-air, online at TheFanDC.com and through the Radio.com™ app. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO owns and operates 117 radio stations in 26 markets – including the top 10 radio markets as ranked by Nielsen audio – as well as an extensive array of digital assets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates 94.7 FRESH FM, 95.5 WPGC, EL ZOL 107.9 and Veterans Radio 1580AM in Washington, D.C.
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