87.7 The Game, Comcast SportsNet Chicago partner

By on Jun, 24 2014 with Comment 1

The-GameTribune’s WGWG-LP 87.7 FM “The Game” Chicago and Comcast SportsNet announced a partnership to simulcast The Game’s “Kap & Haugh,” to Comcast SportsNet viewers beginning 7/21.  The announcement was made by Jimmy de Castro, President and GM of The Game 87.7 FM, WGN Radio & Wgn.fm and Phil Bedella, VP/GM of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Tribune’s WGN-AM reached an agreement to run 87.7 FM through an LMA and will launched the sports format on 2/17. The deal is with LA-based Venture Technologies Group, which owns the frequency, will run through September 2015, when the FCC shuts down all analog LPTV stations. Of course, 87.7 is VHF Channel 6 audio.

On 7/21, “Kap & Haugh,” featuring the entertaining and opinionated duo of David Kaplan and David Haugh, along with numerous guests from the local and national sports scene, will air Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM-12 NOON CT on 87.7 FM with a live simulcast on Comcast SportsNet.  In addition, a one-hour, pre-recorded “Best of Kap & Haugh” will air weeknights from 11:00 PM to MIDNIGHT on Comcast SportsNet, highlighting top moments from previous shows.

“It’s been our focus to deliver sports talk like no one else,” said de Castro. “Combining the ‘Kap & Haugh’” radio broadcast with the TV powerhouse Comcast SportsNet is another piece that fits in our puzzle to bring a complete media experience to the Chicago sports fan.”

“We are excited to deliver two of our city’s most dynamic sports media personalities to our viewers every weekday morning,” added Bedella. “Kap and Haugh have a deep passion for not only the teams in Chicago, but for our city’s fans as well. Their daily debates and thought-provoking insight will most definitely provide our viewers with an entertaining start to their sports viewing and listening day.”

Kaplan is a 20-year WGN Radio sports host and reporting veteran.  He also hosts “SportTalk Live” on Comcast SportsNet weekdays at 5:30 PM, along with hosting “Cubs Pre/Postgame Live” on the regional sports network.

Haugh has covered sports for the Chicago Tribune since 2003 and pens the publication’s popular “In the Wake of the News” column. The duo formed the “Kap & Haugh” show with the launch of The Game 87.7 FM station in February 2014.

“David and I are really excited to be adding such a visible vehicle to The Game 87.7 to bring our show to the sports fans of Chicago,” said Kaplan. “Comcast SportsNet is the first place that fans tune into to watch the best in Chicago sports and we are honored to have our radio show as part of the CSN lineup.”

CSNChicago.com will also begin showcasing select clips from every show starting 7/21. From a social media standpoint, fans can get interactive with “Kap & Haugh” on Twitter via @KapandHaugh, @thekapman and @DavidHaugh. In addition, fans can follow Comcast SportsNet’s twitter handle @CSNChicago and The Game 87.7 @gamechicago for the latest Chicago sports news and much more.

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  1. NotJimmy de Castro Says:

    Seriously… WTF is going on at WGN? The Game doesn’t even do a .1 rating, they have ridiculous nicknames for their obscure on-air hosts and refer to them like they’re household names. NOW, they are going to simulcast these no-names on a miserably programmed faux-sports cable channel and they lost the Cubs. What’s next? Steve Dahl picked up as a topless midday host in the Michigan Avenue studio?