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Jeff Kolpack, Published June 18 2009

Bison notebook: NDSU adds radio affiliates

The Bison Football Radio Network added three more blankets on its statewide North Dakota coverage Wednesday. The school announced the addition of affiliates in Dickinson, Harvey and Wahpeton.

It brings to 12 the number of towns that will carry North Dakota State football games this fall, up significantly since NDSU took the radio rights in-house two years ago.

“We want each city to have its own presence,” said Jeremy Jorgenson, NDSU’s director of broadcasting. “It gives that station in that market the ability to go out in the business community and sell spots. It gives a direct contact to the program.”

For instance, Bison fans in Dickinson were able to get the signal from a Bismarck station last year.

Also, NDSU announced a three-year agreement with Wallace Radio Syndication in St. Paul to distribute the signal.

Wallace is responsible for taking the feed from WDAY radio in Fargo and sending it to each of the 14 stations on the network. NDSU has worked with Wallace for the past two years, but made it a contractual deal on Wednesday.

Without a distributor, each station would have to dial into WDAY for a connection.

“It’s just a necessity,” Jorgenson said.

Jorgenson said the broadcasting team of Scott Miller with the play-by-play, Phil Hansen with color commentary and himself with sideline reports will return this fall.

Johnson new women’s golf coach

Matt Johnson stepped away as the head men’s golf coach five years ago, but couldn’t get NDSU golf out of his system. He was named the head women’s coach on Wednesday, replacing Lisa Schwinden.

It’s a different program from when Johnson left. The women’s team is budgeted for the full allotment of six scholarships next season, said women’s athletic director Lynn Dorn.

“I remember what the budget was five years ago and I see it now, it’s changed a lot,” Johnson said. “I see it going in the right direction.”

Johnson will remain as the owner of the Sports Bubble in south Fargo. His first task will be to get a handle on recruiting.

“I was coaching with no scholarships in the men’s program,” Johnson said. “Now, we have a pretty well-funded women’s program and I need to figure out when to find players.”

Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the

WDAY Golf Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia