ESPN Phoenix radio channel to launch in September

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

PHOENIX -- ESPN's national radio shows will be available full-time for AM radio listeners in the Valley starting in September. Bonneville Phoenix, the company that operates the Arizona Sports radio station, will be launching the new channel on September 15th, according to a press release.

ESPN Phoenix will take over Arizona Sports' previous AM frequency at 620 AM. Currently, Arizona Sports simulcasts its content there along with its new FM frequency.

Currently, national ESPN programming can be heard part-time on Arizona Sports, but local shows and coverage are broadcasted during prominent time slots. When ESPN Phoenix launches, major ESPN Radio programming like "Mike & Mike" and "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" will be available in the Valley.

The new channel will also have ESPN's radio coverage of major national sporting events, like Major League Baseball playoffs and the NBA Finals. Both ESPN Phoenix and Arizona Sports will simulcast Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Suns, Coyotes and ASU football and basketball games.

Bonneville Phoenix's Vice President Scott Sutherland said in a statement that the new content will attract Valley sports fans who have moved to the area and still closely follow sports news from their hometowns.