The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Tuesday that 97.5 FM ESPN Deportes, Chicago’s first commercial FM radio station devoted to broadcasting continuous Spanish language sports coverage, will broadcast all 34 regular season Fire games in Spanish beginning with the first away game against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m. CT. Oscar Guzman will return for his seventh season as the voice of the Fire’s Spanish-language broadcasts.
“This new endeavor with ESPN Deportes is an exciting way for us to reach more Chicago Fire fans,” said Emigdio Gamboa, Chicago Fire Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “ESPN Deportes is a leader in sports broadcasting and we look forward to offering our matches and other engaging Spanish-language content to soccer supporters throughout Chicagoland. As part of building a premier media offering, we want Fire content available everywhere Chicago Fire fans are.”
Guzman will anchor the Fire’s Spanish-language broadcasts on 97.5 FM ESPN Deportes. In addition to calling the games, the veteran play-by-play broadcaster and popular Chicago sports anchor will host Juega Con Fire, a weekly soccer show, which will focus on the beautiful game in Chicago, MLS and abroad. Date and time to be determined.
Fans can listen to 97.5 FM ESPN Deportes Chicago, on the station’s website, espndeporteschicago.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s best-in-class customizable digital listening experience, offering more than 800 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations, plus user-created Custom Stations which provide listeners more songs, better music intelligence, more user control and deeper social media integration, all combined in one free, fully-integrated service.
“We are excited to provide Chicago Fire broadcast coverage to our listeners,” said Ricardo Otero, Program Director, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chicago. “This will bring the best of sports around the world en Español to our Hispanic community and we are happy to proudly embrace and support our local professional sports teams.”