The Huskers Radio Network launched on July 1, 2021, from the production studio on the East side of Memorial Stadium. This department within Husker Athletics leads the broadcast efforts for Husker Football, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball and Softball. In addition, the Huskers Radio Network team will produce Sports Nightly and Huskers Radio Network podcasts. Sports Nightly airs Monday-Friday evenings from 6-8 p.m. (central) year-round across the network. During the basketball season, Sports Nightly features the basketball radio show with Coach Hoiberg and Husker assistant coaches.
In the state of Nebraska, KXSP (ESPN 590 AM) serves as the Omaha affiliate. KXSP’s strong signal reaches a good portion of the Midwest day and night, including parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Kansas. KLIN (1400 AM) serves as the Lincoln affiliate while KRVN (880 AM) is a powerful central Nebraska affiliate that reaches around the state. In addition, the network has several dozen locally based affiliates across Nebraska. All broadcasts are streamed live for free on Huskers.com and the Huskers mobile app.
Sponsorships and advertising on the Husker Radio Network is marketed and sold by Huskers Athletic Partners, which took over Nebraska’s multimedia rights on July 1, 2021. Huskers Athletic Partners is led by General Manager Jason Rathe who oversees all sales and sponsorship fulfillment for the Huskers.
Kent Pavelka returns behind the microphone to handle his 36th overall season calling Husker hoops in 2022-23. Pavelka previously called Nebraska basketball for two long stints between 1974 and 1996 before returning to the Husker basketball play-by-play chair prior to the 2006-07 season. A six-time winner of the Nebraska Sportscaster-of-the-Year Award, Pavelka also handled color analyst duties on NU football broadcasts from 1974 to 1983, and was the play-by-play announcer from 1983 to 1996. Pavelka was honored in January 2009 with the Bud Cuca Special Merit Award given by the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the NU men’s basketball program. He was elected to the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2021 and celebrated his 1,000th broadcast during the 2018-19 season.
Alongside Pavelka as color analyst will be former Husker point guard Jake Muhleisen, who begins his fifth full season on the broadcast team. Muhleisen, who has served in a part-time role for the network for several seasons before taking the full-time role in 2018-19, was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Huskers, totaling 901 points and 284 assists during his collegiate career from 2002 to 2005.
Director of Broadcast Operations, Mike Elliott oversees studio operations and logistics for the radio network. Elliott has nearly four decades of experience in the radio industry and has previously worked at the Broadcast House, Pinnacle Sports and the Husker Sports Network. Jessica Coody, who co-hosts Sports Nightly, will be joined by former Husker great Erick Strickland on B1G+ broadcasts during the 2022-23 season.
2022-23 Huskers Radio Network Stations
|Broken Bow||KBBN||95.3 FM|
|Falls City||KTNC||1230 AM|
|Grand Island||KRGI||1430 AM|
|Lincoln||KLIN/KLIN||1400 AM/99.3 FM|
|McCook||KSWN/KZMC||93.9 FM/102.1 FM|
|Nebraska City||KNCY||1600 AM|
|North Platte||KODY||1240 AM|
|Scottsbluff||KNEB/KNEB||960 AM/94.1 FM|
|Superior||KRFS/ KRFS||1600 AM/103.9 FM|
|West Point||KTIC||840 AM|
Also available nationwide on Huskers.com and the Huskers App. Inside Pinnacle Bank Arena, fans can listen on 87.7 FM.