MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (WCCO) – 830 WCCO has announced a partnership with the University of St. Thomas to broadcast the Tommies entire 2011 and 2012 football seasons. WCCO-AM’s Dave Lee, the voice of Gopher football from 2001 to 2010, will now provide play-by-play for the Tommies. Additionally, former Minnesota Viking tight end and veteran Viking Radio Network analyst, Joe Senser, will provide color-commentary.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Dave Lee Reports

“We are excited to partner with the University of St. Thomas, its COO Mark Dienhart, Athletic Director Steve Fritz and Coach Glenn Caruso. WCCO’s tradition of Saturday afternoon football broadcasts will continue with St. Thomas’s rich history of athletic success and their traditional rivalries in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference,” said CBS RADIO Minneapolis Senior Vice President/Market Manager, Mick Anselmo.

WCCO-AM has long hosted a Saturday afternoon college football scoreboard show that focused on regional football and for the first time ever, in December 2010, carried a Division III Playoff game involving St. Thomas. This year’s scoreboard show will continue to focus on the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), and feature regional football coverage.

The MIAC is the football home of St. Thomas, Bethel, Saint John’s, St. Olaf, Concordia, Gustavus, Augsburg, Carleton and Hamline, each with a strong alumni base in the Twin Cities. The Tommies are the reigning MIAC regular season football champions and Caruso was named the Liberty Mutual national coach-of-the-year.

WCCO-AM will air its first St. Thomas football broadcast on Saturday, Sept. 3. That will be a non-conference game against St. Norbert College of DePere,Wis.

WCCO-AM is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates WLTE and KZJK in Minneapolis, Minn.

Comments (16)
  1. Robert L says:

    I don’t understand why they didn’t sign a deal with North Dakota State University.

  2. Robert Labine says:

    MIAC? On ‘CCO? Isn’t this conference for average high school athletes that want to keep playing a particular sport post high school but don’t have the talent for a mainstream school? Maybe these Madrassa-styled Universities are putting better teams on the field these days. And maybe gas will be a dollar a gallon by memorial day.

  3. jack says:

    hey good neighbor in mpls why not the mpls team Augsburg instead or an MIAC game of the week

  4. Sad day in MN radio says:

    What has happened to WCCO the once great radio voice of the midwest? No Gophers, No Twins, No Vikings, no conservative radio personalities. I am expected to keep listening because of St. Thomas Football and Timberwolves basketball?

    When SID is done, the last one out of the WCCO radio building can turn off the lights for good.

  5. Marv says:

    are you serious?

  6. Bob says:

    I will second the above comment. At one time WCCO was the station to listen to. Now they have become just another station. When Sid does retire there will be no reason to listen to WCCO for sports.

  7. Brett says:

    WCCO is now a none-player in the broadcast sports business.They got the Wolves because no one else wantd them and they are talking it up as it is a major coup! And St. Thomas? Good for them and those who care..A WCCO spokesperson said in last sundays’ sports section that WCCO could be a big player in the sports broadcasts,Don’t bet on it Ever since CBS gained more control over WCCO sports broadcasts would diminish one by one.CBS now has majority control over WCCO and we are seeing their[last in ratings[ future!

  8. sad says:

    . . . Even this website is now cbslocal.com. No longer wcco.com

  9. Robert L says:

    WCCO used to be one of the big national players. I remember an old radio that didn’t just have frequency markings, it also had call signs for major radio stations all over the country. WCCO was one of those. Now, it’s covering D-III football. Over time, WCCO had less and less local control, and it became more and more generic. That’s a sure way to lose touch with your market.

    WCCO has a very strong signal, any station would love to have that kind of power. But they have to get back in touch with Minnesota. Of course, it sure didn’t help that, despite the widespread dissatisfaction, they insisted on not making a change in the sports broadcasting team.

  10. Alex says:

    If the Gophers played in the MIAC, they’d take third after Bethel and St. Thomas. Everyone should be excited about this.

  11. Todd says:

    Too many liberal artist on WDFL, Ray Christiansen was awesome, Dave Lee not real exciting

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