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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football and basketball games are switching radio stations.

The University of Illinois announced today that WLS 890 AM is the university's newest radio affiliate and will carry all football and men's basketball games, as well as the seasonal coaches' shows, through the 2023-24 season. Games were previously aired on WSCR 670 AM.

The five-year agreement, which officially kicks off with the 2019 football season, marks a first for the Fighting Illini and Cumulus Media-owned WLS.

"We're thrilled to be a part of this great combination; a program rich in college sports history with a station rich in radio history," said Jeff Hill, VP of Sales for Cumulus Chicago.

The Fighting Illini Sports Network now encompasses 50 radio affiliates across Illinois and in St. Louis, Mo. The affiliates and all broadcast aspects are overseen and managed by University of Illinois Athletics' multimedia rightsholder, Fighting Illini Sports Properties.

"Our new agreement with WLS-AM 890 fulfills our longstanding interest in a strong, dedicated, synergistic radio partner in the Chicago market," said Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman.

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