The Lethbridge Hurricanes and long-time broadcast partner 94.1 CJOC (Clear Sky Radio) have announced an end to their partnership.
94.1 CJOC has been the exclusive broadcaster of all Lethbridge Hurricanes hockey games for the past seven years and with their contractual agreement coming to an end on May 31st, 2014, that partnership will not be moving forward in 2014-2015.
“After lengthy deliberations, we made a difficult business decision not to bid for the future broadcast rights; however we have no intention of cutting any ties with the Lethbridge Hurricanes” stated Clear Sky President Paul Larsen. He added “Our company is at a critical crossroads in our growth and we felt the time was right for all parties to consider fresh options with regards to the broadcast rights. It is our intention to maintain strong coverage of Hurricanes hockey in our regular programming and begin a new relationship with the organization even though we will no longer be broadcasting the games.”
Lethbridge Hurricanes Business Manager Terry Huisman is disappointed the partnership is not moving forward. “This has been a successful relationship from day one and we can’t thank CJOC enough for all the work they have done. 72 games each and every season from the beginning and while this year in particular was a tough one, they’ve always maintained a professional manner in broadcasting all our games.”
Huisman says they’re now in the process of sending out a request for proposal to the other radio stations in Lethbridge and are hoping to make a decision on a new broadcast agreement in the not too distant future. “I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to Paul Larsen, play-by-play voice Pat Siedlecki, Fred Jack and all those behind the scenes at CJOC who contributed to the broadcast each night. Home and away, they brought our game to our fans and I can’t thank them enough.”