SYRACUSE — Play-by-play broadcasts of Syracuse Crunch hockey will have a new home starting this fall. The team has signed a deal with Citadel Broadcasting’s The Score 1260 (WSKO), ending a long-lasting partnership with Clear Channel’s Sportsradio 620 WHEN.
The announcement was made shortly after 2:00 this afternoon during On the Block with Brent Axe. The Score 1260 will carry all 80 of the Crunch’s regular season games for 2010-2011, along with any post-season action the team may see.
This isn’t the only big change for the Crunch during this off-season: before the regular season had ended, the AHL club ended its affilation with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, signing a new deal to affiliate with the Anaheim Ducks. There are also some changes among the coaching staff, which are still being worked out.
A press release issued by the Syracuse Crunch did not mention Joe Brown’s name or include any quotes from Brown — but he is still listed as Broadcaster on the Crunch website’s Front Office staff page. Brown joined the team last year after former longtime broadcaster Bob McElligott took a job with the Blue Jackets.
The press release also lists the three locally-produced shows offered by WSKO; ironically, all four local hosts formerly did their shows on WHEN, giving them something in common with the Syracuse Crunch.