Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stars Will Stay on ESPN 1480

The Lincoln Stars will remain on ESPN 1480 this season, the Stars and Three Eagles Communications announced on the Stars' website on Tuesday. The Stars will play the entire 2011-12 USHL schedule and the playoffs on ESPN 1480, the radio home for the Stars last season.

From the exact same lead paragraph and quote as the 2010 radio broadcast news release:
"The Lincoln Stars and Three Eagles Communications have announced an agreement that will keep the Stars’ radio broadcasts on ESPN 1480 for the entire 2011-12 schedule, including playoffs. The game broadcasts will also be available via online streaming through the ESPN 1480 web site (

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Three Eagles Communications and ESPN 1480 for the upcoming season. We see this as a great opportunity to continue the Stars’ game broadcasts on a station with such an established presence in the sports broadcasting market,” said Stars President Jim Pflug.

Mike Melbye will return for his seventh season as the Stars’ radio voice for the 2011-12 season."
Yeti may have a different opinion, but I will chime in and say that I personally have mixed feelings about this. I am always supportive of continuity, and the Stars did that by staying on the same station this season. However, I live in Omaha and it is hard to get to games, and 1480's signal is terrible once you cross the Platte. I haven't found the live stream to give consistent results yet always seems to cut out and need to be reloaded in the middle of the action. And 1480 bumps the Stars off when the NFL playoffs come around, so the live stream is the only option for a few games every year.

But enough griping from me. I'm just happy the Stars are even on the air for every game. I know a lot of USHL teams don't send radio broadcasters to Lincoln for games, so I always felt fortunate that the Stars have such great radio coverage whether home or away.


lincolnfan said...

it's kind of cool to have the Stars games on a "sports" radio station, but i agree that having it on an FM radio station (like 105.3 or 9.29, like they used to) is beneficial in many ways. they get much better signal range and they don't have to worry about being bumped off for March Madness, NFL playoffs, or whatever else. i live in Lincoln, and even i have a difficult time, many times, getting 1480 to come in, so i end up having to settle for the online feed (which i sometimes have problems with, and there's a long delay sometimes). oh well, we are fortunate to have all of the games on the radio (many teams don't), and we're also lucky to have Mike Melbye.. he does a heck of a job.

Yeti said...

Thanks for putting this article up today, BT. I appreciate it.

I would agree with you and lincolnfan. Mixed feelings for me as well. I think the big negative with AM 1480 is their weak signal, especially for Stars fans living outside of Lincoln.

But like you two have already mentioned, we're lucky to have radio coverage both at home and on the road. I'm a big fan of Mike Melbye also. Compared to a lot of other USHL radio announcers, he's one of the best.

MacAttack said...

I kind of hoped they might move to the new sports radio station here in Lincoln that is starting up next week. it is a FM station.

I remember talking with Melbye a couple of season ago and he mentioned that he felt that the Stars might soon go to just a internet broadcast of games. considering the problems we have all experienced at one time or another, I hope that isn't the case.