SEATTLE -- Seattle Sounders FC officially announced its new regional broadcast team Wednesday morning live on Q13 News.
Keith Costigan and Matt Johnson will serve as the club’s new play-by-play announcers for television and radio respectively.
From the Sounders:
Following the strongest regional television ratings in club history – including an 11 percent increase in year-over-year viewership and the highest regional household ratings in MLS throughout 2015 – Sounders FC continues its relationship with Q13 FOX (KCPQ-Channel 13) and JOEtv (KZJO-Channel 22) as the regional television home of the Rave Green.
“To come back to my hometown soccer club is an absolute dream come true. I would like to thank Adrian Hanauer, Joe Roth and Bart Wiley for extending this opportunity to me that I could not pass up,” said Johnson in a written statement posted on the club’s website. “I remember watching Sounders games in Memorial Stadium, the Kingdome and being part of that first MLS match in 2009 vs. the New York Red Bulls. To say that I’m coming back to Sounders FC is a feeling I can’t put into words. I have traveled the world watching this great game, and the atmosphere in Seattle very much compares to every venue that I have been lucky enough to visit.”
This is the first time in the club’s history that it will air separate tv and radio calls for fans.
For the first time in club history, Sounders FC is airing separate television and radio broadcasts to fans of the Rave Green, having previously simulcast a singular broadcast product. Costigan will join analyst and Sounders FC icon Kasey Keller for all 20 matches airing regionally on Q13 FOX and JOEtv.
Johnson will provide play-by-play radio coverage on KIRO Radio.
Fans of the Rave Green watching on Q13 FOX and JOEtv will see a 30-minute pre-match show and a 30-minute post-match wrap-up surrounding every local broadcast. Two 30-minutes specials will also air during the 2016 season along with regular features in Friday’s Q It Up sports during Q13 News.
“Q13 FOX and JOEtv are thrilled to once again bring the excitement of the Seattle Sounders to our television audience,” said Pam Pearson, SVP / General Manager of Q13 FOX and JOEtv. “As fans and partners we look forward to another incredible season.”