KBUN & BHS Strike New Exclusive Partnership For Broadcast And Streaming

KBUN SportsRadio & Bemidji High School have announced a new partnership making KBUN the Lumberjacks’ official and exclusive radio and streaming partner for the next five years. The agreement, which was passed at an earlier School Board meeting, means that Bemidji High School and KBUN have formalized a relationship that has been in place since KBUN-AM signed on.

Joel Hoover, KBUN Sports Director, said “It’s an honor to partner with Bemidji High School as its official broadcast radio and streaming home. KBUN and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting have been the radio home of BHS sporting events since 1946, and it is wonderful to continue the amazing tradition and history we have established with the Lumberjacks on our stations. These student-athletes, coaches, and teams have stories that we deeply enjoy sharing and taking part in.”

“Bemidji High School is extremely grateful for the coverage KBUN is providing our sports teams,”said Troy Hendricks, Bemidji High School Activities Director. “Without question, the best in the state.”

District 31 Superintendent Tim Lutz, School Board Chair Jeff Haack and KBUN Operations Manager Kev Jackson at District Headquarters after the Board approved KBUN & District 31’s new partnership agreement in November.

KBUN Operations Manager Kev Jackson said this was the next logical step. “I started here in 1987 covering the Lumberjacks and even when my role changed, I was always committed to Lumberjack sports, and have been so impressed with everything at Bemidji High School. The staff, teachers, coaches, academics, fine arts…everything. With the addition of KBUN-FM and streaming, we’ve been able to add more coverage. In addition, we have an unbelievable roster with Joel, Curtis Joe, Scott Williams, TJ Melcher and Tom Lucas, along with our really talented engineers. By making this commitment, we can create even more ways to spotlight and promote what is going on at Bemidji High School.”

Paul Bunyan Broadcasting Market Manager James Hodges said “In all my years in radio, I had never witnessed such passion and dedication to broadcasting high school sports as I have seen here. I’m very pleased to take our partnership to a new level.”

BHS Principal Jason Stanoch said he agreed with Hendricks’ statement. “We are truly blessed to have such a high quality broadcast team. KBUN is second to none and one of the finest in the state! This provides our community with an opportunity to engage in the action even when they can’t be there.”

KBUN will continue to carry 100+ broadcasts a year on KBUN SportsRadio 104.5; KBUN Plus AM1450/fm94.9; and on the two KBUN streaming channels. They also plan to build on recent additions to online coverage at kbunsportsradio.com. Jackson said “We will work closely with Troy, Jason and everyone at BHS to create more opportunities to share the great things going on at Bemidji High School.”