Plug pulled on CJBK

RYAN PYETTE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

The Western football team isn't on the commercial radio airwaves this season.

AM 1290 CJBK and Western were unable to come to a working agreement, leaving campus radio FM 94.9 CHRW as the lone ranger on the Mustangs trail.

"With almost all of the Mustangs games on TV and CHRW in the mix, it was pretty much redundant to broadcast the games commercially," Standard Radio London's operations director Barry Smith said. "At the end of last year, we had talked to the university about selling the broadcasts and getting enough sponsorship to cover the costs but they seemed ambivalent about it and nothing every materialized."

Western games have aired on commercial radio -- either AM 1290 or AM 980 -- for the last decade. The loss of play-by-play coverage for a major team in one of the league's largest market is a blow to Ontario university football.

Smith said some university stadiums do not offer proper working environments for radio broadcasts. During last year's playoffs in inclement weather at Windsor, the CJBK crew had to operate without the shelter of a press box.

"We have facility issues," OUA executive director Ward Dilse said, "but that's up to the schools. They also are responsible for negotiations with commercial radio. But we want to be on in every market we can."


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