The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed in principle to multi-year television and radio agreements that will make KABC-TV, iHeartMedia Los Angeles, KAZA-TV Azteca America 54 and KFWB 980 AM the team's official flagship English and Spanish language broadcast partners.
The Chargers will take their 'Fight For LA' to the airwaves and collaborate extensively with each flagship in developing a wide range of content, including preseason games, exclusive shoulder programming, behind-the-scenes shows, news features, community events and promotions. Overall, the Chargers will be offering up nearly 400 hours of programming on an annual basis across the four TV and radio flagship stations.
"We strive to provide Chargers fans with the best experience in every way possible," said A.G. Spanos, Chargers President of Business Operations. "Whether it's on-field performance, in-venue experience, season ticket member service or, in this case, unparalleled television and radio access throughout the LA region, placing a premium on our fans and their relationship with us is of the utmost importance. These partnerships only serve to enhance this priority. We are proud and excited to welcome KABC-TV, iHeartMedia Los Angeles, KAZA-TV Azteca America 54 and KFWB 980 AM to the Chargers family."
KABC-TV (ABC7) is the West Coast flagship of the ABC television network. The most-watched television station in Southern California, it is also the first local station in the United States to surpass two million Facebook followers. As the Chargers flagship English-language broadcast television station, KABC-TV will televise all preseason games available to air in Southern California along with pre and postgame shows for those telecasts. Additionally, KABC-TV will air two weekly Chargers series in Saturday evening primetime during the football season as well as weekly Chargers news features throughout the year.
As the Chargers' flagship English-language radio partner, iHeartMedia Los Angeles will air all preseason, regular season and postseason Chargers games on KFI AM-640 – No. 1 in news, talk and sports in LA, Orange County and San Diego. In addition to game broadcasts, KFI AM-640, Alt 98.7 and AM 570 LA Sports will broadcast 10 hours of gameday coverage. iHeartMedia Los Angeles' eight radio stations will also support the Chargers with year-round programming and promotional content, including a weekly Chargers series that will air on AM 570 LA Sports during the season. Listeners can also hear the stations' broadcasts via iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service.
KAZA-TV Azteca America 54, which first signed on in Los Angeles in 2001, will serve as the Chargers flagship Spanish-language television station. In addition to televising all preseason games available to air in Southern California, KAZA Azteca will offer pre and postgame shows for the preseason games as well as a weekly Chargers series throughout the season and Chargers news features throughout the year.
KFWB 980 AM, housed under the Lotus Communications umbrella, will serve as the Chargers flagship Spanish-language radio station. As is the case with its English-language counterpart, KFWB 980 AM will broadcast all preseason, regular season and postseason Chargers games, including pre and postgame shows. The station, which dates back to 1925 and was the first to broadcast the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA, will also air a weekly Chargers series throughout the season.
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What They're Saying – Notable quotes from Chargers new flagship broadcast partners:
Cheryl Fair – President & General Manager, KABC-TV
"As Southern California's #1 source for news and information, we are proud to partner with the Los Angeles Chargers. We can't wait for the NFL season to get here and bring exciting Chargers football to our ABC7 viewers. In addition, KABC and the Chargers look forward to building on our partnership to provide new opportunities to give back to our local communities."
Kevin Legrett – President, Southwest Division for iHeartMedia
"The Chargers' passionate fans are a huge part of iHeartMedia Los Angeles' listening community, and we're excited to bring them the latest Chargers news, games, compelling insights and team events in real time. We are excited for the NFL season to start and to connect our listeners wherever they are with Los Angeles' newest team, the LA Chargers."
Enrique Perez – Executive Vice President, Azteca America Station Group
"We are thrilled that KAZA Azteca will be the official Spanish-language home of the Los Angeles Chargers this season. This latest partnership with the NFL allows us to bring the excitement of the city's newest football team to our audience, underscoring our commitment of delivering the best in sports entertainment to our viewers and advertisers."
Mike Addison – Regional Sales Manager, Lotus Communications KFWB 980 AM
"These are very exciting times for Southern California sports fans, and we are thrilled to bring the Chargers Spanish Broadcasts to our large listening audience".