July 6, 2012

Eastern and 700 ESPN Extend Agreement Two More Years

Expanded football broadcasts are featured, with Larry Weir returning to provide play-by-play of EWU basketball games

Eastern Washington University and 700 ESPN and the KXLY Radio Group have reached a two-year extension on their radio agreement to have all home and away EWU football and men’s basketball games broadcast live on 700 ESPN.

The original three-year agreement was inked in 2010, and the extension will have Eastern games on 700 ESPN through the 2014-15 school year. The agreement was mutually announced Friday (July 6) by Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves and KXLY Radio Group vice-president and general manager Brian Paul.

As part of the extension, Dennis Patchin has stepped down as the men’s basketball play-by-play voice of Eastern basketball. However, the 700 ESPN staff will have a greater presence at football games through an additional one-hour tailgate show and as sideline reporters at home games.

"We have enjoyed our relationship with Eastern Washington University and the excitement they have brought to our station in the past two years,” said Paul. “Extending our agreement with the Eagles was great for us, and we are thankful that Eastern Washington feels the same. We are looking forward to another great football and basketball season, and a long-time partnership between 700 ESPN and Eastern Washington."

Returning as basketball play-by-play voice for the Eagles will be Larry Weir. Next year's games may be heard in the Spokane/Cheney area on 700-AM ESPN, www.700espn.com & via iphone app. (search for “700 ESPN the ticket” and download app).

"Extending our agreement with 700 ESPN is very exciting for Eastern Athletics as we look forward to a very long relationship with them,” said Chaves. “We would like to thank Dennis for his two years of service to Eagle basketball games and certainly understand the decision for him to spend more time with his daily radio show. Fortunately we are able to welcome back Larry to that capacity and there is no doubt he will do a tremendous job in that role again.”

In making the official announcement, Chaves was a guest on the Patchin, Lukens and Osso Show.  CLICK HERE for the audio from that interview.

Weir will return for his 22nd season as the voice of the Eagles in football, having broadcast all but one of EWU’s 243 games in that span. The only game he missed was a 2005 playoff game at Northern Iowa when he was broadcasting Eastern’s basketball games in Alaska. Weir spent 19 seasons calling men’s basketball action for the Eagles from 1991-2009.

Basketball was handled the past two seasons by Patchin, an Idaho State University graduate. Patchin has been with KXLY for over 25 years and has covered everything from the Washington State Cougars to the Seattle Mariners. During his time at KXLY, Patchin was also the voice of the Gonzaga Bulldogs on radio for four seasons, during which the Zags made three straight Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Patchin, Keith Osso and Rick Lukens are hosts of their popular sports talk show from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 700 ESPN. Patchin has elected to focus on the expansion and enhancement of that show instead of calling EWU basketball games.

That trio, as well as producers Steve “The Wingman” Pry and Jason Johnson, are also expected to help with Eastern broadcasts, as well as weekly coaches shows featuring EWU head football coach Beau Baldwin and men’s basketball head coach Jim Hayford.

Osso began his broadcast career at KXLY4 News as a sports photographer in May of 2003 and was promoted to sports reporter in July of 2005. He served in that capacity until 2011 and now works primarily for 700 ESPN. He is a graduate of Spokane’s East Valley High School, and attended and played baseball at North Idaho Junior College and Mesa State College in Colorado.

Lukens also spent more than 25 years at KXLY as TV sports reporter, sports anchor and sports director. From 2002-2010, he and his wife, Teresa, were co-hosts of morning shows on KXLY-FM and KXLY-AM. Rick Lukens also had a popular news-feature segment called “Lukens at Large,” and now posts stories on his website of the same name: http://www.lukensatlarge.com/

Pry is a 1995 graduate of Mead High School and also graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2001 with a degree in electronic media and film.

 
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