Originally published July 26, 2017 at 11:21a.m., updated July 26, 2017 at 04:09p.m.

810 WHB new K.C. radio home for KU football and men’s basketball broadcasts

ESPN Kansas City affiliate to air KU basketball exhibitions, live from Italy

Kansas running back Taylor Martin (24) and Kansas wide receiver Tyler Patrick (4) celebrate Patrick's touchdown reception during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Taylor Martin (24) and Kansas wide receiver Tyler Patrick (4) celebrate Patrick's touchdown reception during the third quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.


A day after University of Kansas football and men’s basketball fans learned one radio station in the Kansas City area would no longer broadcast live play-by-play action of KU games, a new radio home for the Jayhawks emerged.

810 WHB and the Kansas athletics department announced Wednesday 810 will carry KU football and basketball games beginning this season.

"Sports Radio 810 is a major player in the Kansas City market and we are excited to join forces with the entire Union Broadcasting team," KU athletics director Sheahon Zenger stated in a release. "Owned and operated by more than 20 Jayhawks and with a vast Kansas City presence, we feel this partnership will continue to strengthen our connection with the large number of KU alumni and fans in the metro area." 

KLWN (FM 101.7, AM 1320) in Lawrence will continue carrying live broadcasts of KU athletics events, as usual.

Jayhawk IMG Sports Network and Union Broadcasting signed a three-year agreement to bring live KU coverage to 810.


Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) looks to throw a pass during an open practice on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The Jayhawks are preparing for four early-August exhibition games in Italy.

As part of that arrangement, the Jayhawks will also have programming on ESPN Kansas City (1510 AM and 99.3 FM), including women's basketball broadcasts, the Hawk Talk coaches' shows and additional baseball, soccer, softball and volleyball broadcasts. That partnership kicks off next week, when ESPN Kansas City will air live coverage of the KU men's basketball team's exhibitions in Italy, set to air at 11:30 a.m. on both Aug. 2 and 3, and at noon Aug. 5 and 6.

"We are extremely excited to announce our partnership with Kansas Athletics and the Jayhawk IMG Sports Network," Chad Boeger, president/CEO of Union Broadcasting, Inc. said in the release. "We are proud to be locally owned and operated for over 20 years here in Kansas City. As America's largest all sports radio station, our agreement with Kansas Athletics is another example of how Union Broadcasting and Sports Radio 810 WHB is dedicated to offering our listeners the best sports programming experience. Kansas Athletics is one of the crown jewels of sports in the Kansas City area. We look forward to being the radio home of the Jayhawks for many years to come."


New radio voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, Brian Hanni, calls the action during the second quarter of KU's football season opener against Rhode Island on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.

Football and men’s basketball play-by-play man Brian Hanni is entering his second season calling KU games for Jayhawk IMG Sports Network. David Lawrence is beginning his 11th season as football analyst and former KU men’s basketball player Greg Gurley continues as a basketball analyst. Jimmy Chavez enters his third season calling KU women's basketball games.

"We're excited to join forces with Union Broadcasting," general manager of Jayhawk IMG Sports Marketing Marc Tuttle stated. "Great sports radio paired with the power of the Jayhawk brand and the Jayhawk IMG Radio Network is a natural fit."

610 Sports Radio in Kansas City had carried KU broadcasts the previous 18 seasons.

KU in, K-State out

In the past, 810 also carried play-by-play broadcasts for KU’s rival, Kansas State. However, KU fans won’t have to worry about situations in which the Jayhawks and Wildcats have games with overlapping time slots.

According to WHB chief operating officer and general counsel Alok Srivastava, K-State games no longer will air on Sports Radio 810.

“We’ve had a great relationship with Kansas State for 18 years, and we’re going to continue to provide great coverage of all the local schools,” Srivastava told the Journal-World. “We don’t know where they’re going to be broadcasting next year, but they’re not going to be on 810.”


Gavin Fritton 5 years ago

When KU separated from 610, they said that they wanted to be the primary focus of the station that was going to carry them and 610's carriage of the Royals was an obvious obstacle to that. 810 has had K-State for years and years. One of their most famed on-air personalities is a K-State grad (and has a reputation for being something of a K-State homer and fan).

Is 810 going to be getting rid of K-State so that KU will be their primary focus? I can't see how they could possibly split the focus evenly given how often both schools play at or very close to the same time and I can't see how 810 would carry both home game calls when they play one another. I have to assume K-State will be moving somewhere else on the dial?

Bryce Landon 5 years ago

Probably so. The question is, where? With 610 focusing on the Royals, 810 focusing on Kansas, and 980 focusing on Mizzou, where does that leave K-State?

Gavin Fritton 5 years ago

It may be that K-State won't mind 610 being focused on the Royals since baseball doesn't overlap (much) with K-State's sports schedule? They would seem to be the best fit of the available KC stations.

Pius Waldman 5 years ago

Well this does point out problems both schools have networks and stations can only play one during the game. If K-State plays KU another station will need to broadcast the Wildcat program. We all will watch how KK reacts to this decision. His opinions and comments will be a problem if he continues as he has in the past.

Pius Waldman 5 years ago

Well posted before the updated version so no problem with K-State games. But still wonder about the KK opinions and comments.

Brett McCabe 5 years ago

Hopefully that dbag chokes on it, right after telling another 10-minute story about his mom watching a Royals game.

Dillon Davis 5 years ago

I listen to 105.9 for games anyways so this is kind of a moot point for me personally. And if I am using TuneIn, I just search for Jayhawk IMG sports network and I listen to the games that way. That being said, 610>>>>>810.

Bryce Landon 5 years ago

610 was way better when it had D.A., Tim Grunhard, The Jim Rome Show, and Chris and Cowboy.

Marcus Balzer 5 years ago

For us out of state folks: This won't in any way affect listening to games via the kuathletics mobile webpage? I haven't checked but I'm assuming that 810 has an app of some sort...will the games be streamed there?

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