940 KYNO and Dogs Team Up for Baseball
Feb. 7, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State Athletics announced Monday that it will partner with 940 KYNO in airing the 2011 baseball season. 940 KYNO will be the new home of Bulldog baseball for the next three years.
"We are very happy to bring KYNO Radio into our family of stations that help us promote and enhance Fresno State Athletics," said Associate Athletics Director of External Relations Paul Ladwig. "With the addition of KYNO we have an extremely strong group of stations that can deliver our student-athletes, coaches and teams to our fans across the valley."
940 KYNO will air 40 regular season games and all postseason games this year.
"We are ready to kickoff 2011 and having a new radio partner in 940 KYNO is exciting," said two-time National Coach of the Year Mike Batesole. "We are happy that they have stepped up to the plate for what should be a fun year."
Paul Loeffler will remain the voice of Fresno State baseball and begins his 11th season as the play-by-play announcer. He also handles the play calling for all Bulldog football and men's basketball games.
Ray O'Canto will return for his fourth season as the color commentator. He was an all-conference (NCBA) outfielder for the Bulldogs in 1981.
"We could not be more excited about bringing Fresno State baseball to Central California," said KYNO owner John Ostlund. "The Diamond Dogs have a long history, from National Champions to Hall of Fame players and coaches. We are honored to be selected by Fresno State to carry on this tradition."
940 KYNO is one of only eleven 50,000-watt AM radio stations in California. It can be heard from Sacramento to Bakersfield and from the Central Coast to the High Sierra. The station was built in 1947 by Gene Chenault and later became the flagship station for the Drake-Chenault radio consultancy, which included over 350 radio stations nationwide.
From 1962-1982, KYNO was a dominant ratings leader, scoring an unprecedented 90% share of teenage listeners and 42% of all adult listeners in Central California.
In 2008, 1300 KYNO was purchased by long-time Fresnans Katie and John Ostlund. They chose a news-talk radio format and a year later, moved KYNO to the more powerful 940 AM frequency. The Ostlunds also own K-Jewel 99.3FM.
"We Are Your Team!" The Dogs open the 2011 season on Feb. 18 at 6:05 p.m. against Gonzaga. The weekend continues with Gonzaga on Feb. 19 at 6:05 p.m. The Dogs also face two-time National Champions Oregon State Feb. 20-21 at Beiden Field.