MARION-CARBONDALE, IL (November 4, 2019) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Withers Broadcasting Companies are excited to announce a new radio affiliation in the Marion-Carbondale market. WHET-FM/US 977 will be the new flagship radio station for the Marion, Carbondale, and Herrin areas.
The new five-year agreement with Withers will see US 977 broadcast all Cardinals spring training, regular season, and postseason games offered by the Cardinals Radio Network, as well as the Cardinals Countdown to Opening Day Show.
“The maneuver allows Withers Broadcasting to offer our own, efficient Cardinals network in southern Illinois and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Dana Withers, Owner of Withers Broadcasting Companies.
“We’re very excited for the opportunity,” said Christopher Hugo, General Manager of Withers Broadcasting’s Illinois Properties. “We always monitor all of our markets to see how we can provide better service to our communities. We saw an opportunity in southern Illinois to offer simultaneous city-grade FM coverage over Marion, Herrin, Carbondale, and Lake of Egypt area. We knew this was important to the Cardinals and so we proposed moving the Cardinals to 97.7 FM.”
US 977 joins Withers’ stations WMIX-FM 94.1 (Mt. Vernon), WEBQ-FM 102.3 (Eldorado-Harrisburg), WREZ-FM 105.5 (Metropolis), WGKY-FM 95.9 (Wickliffe-Paducah, KY), KBXB-FM 97.9 (Sikeston, MO with additional service on 96.1 FM in Cape Girardeau), and KYRX-FM 97.3 (Marble Hill-Cape Girardeau, MO).
“We’re ecstatic to get started. We’re working on a series of promotions with the Cardinals that will be to the benefit of our audience and various charities,” said Hugo.
“We are proud to partner with US 977 to broadcast all of our games and provide a ‘US 977 Night at the Ballpark’ for the Cardinals fans in the market.” said Anne Carroll, Manager Cardinals Radio Network. “It’s always exciting to add another Withers Broadcasting station to the Cardinals Radio Network.”
In our listening area, the games can still be heard on WMIX-FM 94.1.