Supertalk to air OSU, BSU, Trail Blazers and Seahawks
The Boise State Broncos, Oregon State Beavers, Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks have found a new home on the airwaves in Eastern Oregon — Supertalk radio.
Supertalk, KBKR AM-1490 in Baker City and KLBM AM-1450 in La Grande, announced recently that BSU and OSU college football games, Trail Blazer regular season NBA basketball games, and Seahawks regular season NFL games will be broadcast starting this season.
The college and professional football games will begin in September, and the Blazer games at the end of October.
John Mallory, better known on the airwaves as Johnny Ballgame, confirmed the deals with the teams earlier this month.
“I got the job as sports director at Supertalk in May after hosting my own talk show in Moscow, Idaho, for four years,” said Mallory, a 1998 La Grande High School graduate.
“I made contacting the right people my first order of business,” he said. “Then it’s just snowballed from there.”
Mallory said he first contacted the Trail Blazers about carrying their games.“If the Blazers truly are Oregon’s team then they have to be on the radio throughout the state and not just on the west side,” he said.
He noted that Blazer games had been broadcast in Eastern Oregon in the past, but faded off the radio dial in the late 1990s during the “Jail Blazer period.”
“People lost interest and no one wanted to carry the games,” he said. “Now I think the Blazers have come a long way from that period.”
Oregon State and Oregon football games also were broadcast in the area in the past, but, they too have been missing in recent years.
“I asked on my show what teams people like to hear. I got a lot of response for OSU and a lot for BSU. Surprising I got little response for Oregon, though,” Mallory said.
He said Scott Meyers, who recently bought the radio stations, gave him the green light to pursue the teams.
“I talked to OSU first, and then Boise State,” Mallory said.
This year BSU’s schedule is a scheduler’s dream with five of their games not scheduled on Saturday.
“And the couple of times when BSU and OSU are scheduled at the same time we’ll do what we have to to get both games on the air.”
Mallory said he is finalizing the deal with the Seahawks, but he expects the games to be on the air when the season kicks off Labor Day weekend.
As far as the possibility of Oregon games, or maybe the Seattle Mariners, Ballgame said it could happen, but nothing’s definite.
“This is going to be a fun fall. We’ll be packed with sports. This is kind of an untapped source,” he said.
The Johnny Ballgame Show airs Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.