Alabama Football


Blow Up LLC, owner and operator of Honolulu radio stations ESPN 1420 (KKEA) and NBC Sports Radio on AM 1500 (KHKA), has become an official broadcast affiliate of Alabama Crimson Tide football, it was announced today.

ESPN 1420 and NBC Sports Radio on AM 1500 will broadcast Alabama football games live throughout the 2018 season. The stations will also carry pregame and postgame shows, and weekly programs “Crimson Tide Rewind,” “Hey, Coach” and “The Nick Saban Show.”

The Crimson Tide’s spring game will air live this Saturday (April 21) at 7:30 a.m. on ESPN 1420.

This is the first time that Alabama has partnered with radio affiliates in Hawaii.

“The bond between Alabama football and Hawaii grew out of the heroics of Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama’s quarterback who came off the bench against Georgia to lead the Crimson Tide to an epic comeback victory in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game,” wrote Michael Smith of the Sports Business Journal. “Tagovailoa already was a legendary football figure for his exploits as a high school star in Honolulu at Saint Louis School, the same school that produced 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. But when he emerged onto the national scene by throwing the
winning touchdown pass in the national championship game and becoming the obvious pick to be the projected starter for 2018, [KKEA and KHKA] reacted quickly.”

Mike Kelly, President and General Manager of Blow Up, LLC, said: “We’re excited to bring Alabama football to our Honolulu audiences. The Crimson Tide have a football tradition that is second to none, and the heroics of Hawaii’s own Tua Tagovailoa in last season’s national championship game have created a new wave of Alabama fans right here in the Islands.”

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