Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mountain FM partners with KIJHL

Here's a press release from the KIJHL website that talks about a new arrangement that we've come to with the best developmental Junior B league in Canada:

December 14th, 2009

Castlegar, BC – It is with great pleasure that the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) would like to announce a partnership agreement with Mountain FM. The agreement sees Mountain FM become an official media partner of the KIJHL and as such will be responsible for live radio broadcasting of the 2010 KIJHL All-Star Game in Beaver Valley, BC. The deal is a continual agreement between the KIJHL and Mountain FM which is sure to enhance the brand and image of the league.

“We are very excited to have Mountain FM on board as an official media partner with the KIJHL,” says KIJHL President, Bill Ohlhausen. “Mountain FM has already shown that they are willing to support local sports in the communities they serve; this will definitely change the way our brand is viewed overall.”

“We are proud to have reached an agreement with the KIJHL,” states Program Director, Justin “DrexWilcomes. “We are excited about continuing to bring great local sports to our listeners. The KIJHL has a long standing tradition of great junior hockey, and we are pleased to be broadcasting the 2010 KIJHL All-Star Game live from Beaver Valley.”

Through this partnership KIJHL fans will be able to catch a live radio and web broadcast of the 2010 KIJHL All-Star Game from Beaver Valley, BC January 12th, 2010 @ 7:00pm. Along with the All-Star event look for more KIJHL news, stories, player and coach interviews, statistics, and updated KIJHL scores on Mountain FM and www.mountainfm.net. Tune into “Overtime” with sports reporter Shawn Mullin as he brings all the exciting news from around the KIJHL to you week nights from 6pm – 10pm.

For more information and to listen live to Mountain FM online 24-7 please visit: www.mountainfm.net. For all your KIJHL scores, stats, new stories and webcasts please visit www.kijhl.ca.

Ever since I got to Mountain FM almost 3 years ago I've made an effort to do everything I can to increase the depth of our KIJHL coverage. Obviously we have a large commitment to the Smoke Eaters that keeps me very busy. That being said, I think we've always done what we could to make sure the KIJHL is also a priority. We interview coaches and players regularly on Overtime, we preview and give results for every game and we've even done play by play when Nelson went to the KIJHL championship.

I'm glad to have an official partnership with the league, but it really won't change the way I approach my work. I've always dedicated as much of our airtime as I could to the league because I know how important it is to our communities. I know I and my co-workers at Mountain FM will continue to do as much as we can to promote what is really a terrific league that does great things for both the communities and the young men who play in it.

As for the All-Star festivities... I look forward to getting behind the mic at the Beaver Valley Arena in Fruitvale. However, it is my hope that everyone who can will attend the game. It's the best chance you have to get an up close look at the future of the BCHL and WHL ranks. Nobody moves players to the next level like the KIJHL. The Smoke Eaters are just one example of that as by my count 9 of the members of their roster come from the KIJHL. Support your local team and if you have any suggestions for how to improve our continuing coverage of the league let me know: shawnsamsmullin@hotmail.com

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