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    Is AM1600 the only station that can be picked up in the Cedar Rapids area that broadcasts the Cyclone games. I missed the first part of the game Friday night while trying to find a radio station because they pre-empted ISU for the Anamosa vs. Marion HS football game ...

    needless to say I was not happy ...



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    Quote Originally Posted by wedeking19 View Post
    Is AM1600 the only station that can be picked up in the Cedar Rapids area that broadcasts the Cyclone games. I missed the first part of the game Friday night while trying to find a radio station because they pre-empted ISU for the Anamosa vs. Marion HS football game ...

    needless to say I was not happy ...
    That was MORE than disappointing! I agree...but it shows where we stand as ISU fans in the Cedar Rapids market.

    1650 AM out of Cedar Falls broadcasts the Cyclones (as well as Jim Rome during weekday afternoons)!



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    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    That was MORE than disappointing! I agree...but it shows where we stand as ISU fans in the Cedar Rapids market.

    1650 AM out of Cedar Falls broadcasts the Cyclones (as well as Jim Rome during weekday afternoons)!
    agreed. that was just the tip of the iceberg this weekend. between attempting to witness covered in the gazette or on KCRG and getting called a "clown fan" at mass Sunday AM, I'm ready to move west ...



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    Being the former sports director of a small town radio station in SW Iowa, I have a few thoughts on this.

    1 - Prep sports are where you make your money. In a lot of towns, high school football is the station's top seller all year long. So when Iowa State (which is fairly hard to sell locally from what I understand) plays on a Friday, it makes things difficult.

    2 - If you're part of a network, you should play the games. It's part of the commitment you make when you sign the contract.

    At the end of the day, it is a tough decision for the radio folks to make. I'm sure that no station was happy to have to pass on the Iowa State game, but again, for most stations, preps get the nod over college. That's just the way it goes. If your station played a prep game over Iowa State, I'm sure that it isn't a slap in the face towards the university. It was likely a business decision. Just speaking from my experience.



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfanatic View Post
    That was MORE than disappointing! I agree...but it shows where we stand as ISU fans in the Cedar Rapids market.

    1650 AM out of Cedar Falls broadcasts the Cyclones (as well as Jim Rome during weekday afternoons)!
    I listened to the pregame on KWMT-AM 540 while driving around CR in my car. I suspect KWMT cuts their power at dusk and you may not be able to get it at night in CR. Occasionally I can get The Bus 100.3 FM in my car.

    Unfortunately, most radios in your home are not able to get either of these two stations.



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    Being the former sports director of a small town radio station in SW Iowa, I have a few thoughts on this.

    1 - Prep sports are where you make your money. In a lot of towns, high school football is the station's top seller all year long. So when Iowa State (which is fairly hard to sell locally from what I understand) plays on a Friday, it makes things difficult.

    2 - If you're part of a network, you should play the games. It's part of the commitment you make when you sign the contract.

    At the end of the day, it is a tough decision for the radio folks to make. I'm sure that no station was happy to have to pass on the Iowa State game, but again, for most stations, preps get the nod over college. That's just the way it goes. If your station played a prep game over Iowa State, I'm sure that it isn't a slap in the face towards the university. It was likely a business decision. Just speaking from my experience.
    With my experience in radio as well, you are spot on.

    Long story short - Eastern Iowa needs a GOOD STRONG FM channel that has the games on it. The 2 AM stations, 1600 and 1650 just are not strong enough to broadcast the games to those of us in po' dUnk Iowa



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    I think it's a disgrace that there are relatively heavily populated areas in Iowa where you can't pull in ISU FB and BB games on the radio. You should be able to get those games anywhere in the state. It's pathetic we don't have state-wide radio coverage.



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    Quote Originally Posted by LutherBlue View Post
    I think it's a disgrace that there are relatively heavily populated areas in Iowa where you can't pull in ISU FB and BB games on the radio. You should be able to get those games anywhere in the state. It's pathetic we don't have state-wide radio coverage.
    Completely agree!



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    I'm very thankful for the Cyclones Android app, that is the only way I can tune in to the pre-game and postgame! (games on TV of course)



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    Pollard needs to target FM 96.5 again. They used to broadcast ISU games, cover the entire eastern third of the state. Dropped ISU due to a lack of advertising support several years ago. Hopefully that may have changed.



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    Quote Originally Posted by Die4Cy View Post
    Pollard needs to target FM 96.5 again. They used to broadcast ISU games, cover the entire eastern third of the state. Dropped ISU due to a lack of advertising support several years ago. Hopefully that may have changed.
    To tell you the truth it may have gotten worse. At least when I go back it seems like every place is anti Cyclone. I could give examples but I will just end up ranting so I will save you all.



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    Im almost 100% sure it's gotten worse. I don't think 1600am has one sponsor this year. I don't know when their contract ends but I wouldnt be shocked to see us without any radio affiliates in eastern Iowa in the future.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyScoop View Post
    Im almost 100% sure it's gotten worse. I don't think 1600am has one sponsor this year. I don't know when their contract ends but I wouldnt be shocked to see us without any radio affiliates in eastern Iowa in the future.
    Yikes...I hope that is not the case but I wouldn't be surprised! That would be a very sad day for ISU athletics!



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    Re: Cyclone Radio Network

    I couldn't find a station in NW Iowa either heading home.. All HS games. Only missed the first little bit, but still wasn't happy about not finding the game..


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