Cumulus Media Renews Partnership With Learfield and Air Force Sports Properties


Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Learfield and Air Force Sports Properties to broadcast Air Force Academy athletic events on Cumulus Colorado Springs’ radio stations KVOR-AM and XTRA Sports 1300/KCSF-AM. The new agreement renews a successful partnership with the Air Force Academy that has been in place for 40 years and increases the number of women’s basketball games that will air on XTRA Sports 1300/KCSF-AM each year.  


Air Force football and men’s basketball games will continue to be heard on KVOR-AM, while hockey games and women’s basketball games will be heard on XTRA Sports 1300. The stations will also broadcast coaches’ shows for football, men’s basketball, and hockey. KVOR’s Jim Arthur will continue to be the play-by-play voice for football and men’s basketball, and XTRA Sports 1300’s Ryan Kaufman will call the broadcasts of the women’s basketball games. 


Scott Jones, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Colorado Springs, said: “It’s an honor, once again, to extend our partnership with Air Force Athletics and Learfield. These broadcasts of Falcons’ sports are extremely important to us at Cumulus, to our listeners and to the entire community. We’re committed to putting a first-class broadcast on the air to match the product the Falcons put on the field, court and ice.”  


Ryan Kaufman, On-Air Host, XTRA Sports 1300, said: “I have been so impressed with the improvement of the program over Coach Chris Gobrecht’s time at Air Force. She has done a remarkable job building the Falcons into a team that can beat anyone in the Mountain West on any given night. I am ecstatic we can expand our coverage because the people of Colorado Springs need to hear what this team has been doing. On top of that, to be able to have a courtside seat for the next chapter in this program’s history is one of the great honors of my broadcasting career. I cannot wait for this season.” 


Nathan Pine, Air Force Director of Athletics, said: “We are proud to announce the extension of our long-standing partnership with Cumulus for Air Force Athletics radio broadcasts. Cumulus is a leader in the industry, and they have played an important role in helping to extend the Air Force brand and bring Falcon athletic events to homes in our community. With this extension we will continue to broadcast Air Force football, men’s basketball, and ice hockey, while also now adding women’s basketball to our offerings.” 


Mitch Mann, General Manager, Air Force Sports Properties, said: “We look forward to not only continuing our partnership with Cumulus Media but expanding upon it. This partnership will continue to provide our community with quality coverage of our cadet-athletes and their accomplishments on the field, rink and court in the coming years.”