LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- On May 16, 1925, WHAS Radio in Louisville originated the first live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. The Louisville announcer called the race from the windows of the Twin Spires.
With 86 years of history between the station and Churchill Downs, you could say it is fitting that a new deal that was just announced allows the world’s most famous horse racing to stay on WHAS, even though the Triple Crown Races are moving to the HRRN group.
Below is an email received from the head of HRRN about the Louisville situation.
“Our Kentucky Derby coverage will air on both ESPN 680AM and WHAS. The other two legs of the Triple Crown (Preakness & Belmont) will air exclusively on 680AM. They are carrying several of our broadcasts throughout the year including many of our prep race broadcasts. 680 is the home for our HRRN coverage in Louisville this year, but the Derby was a different situation.
Because WHAS has a long standing relationship with Churchill Downs and has carried ESPN Radio's broadcast of the Derby in recent years, we wanted to be sure they continued to have that opportunity with HRRN as well. Therefore our 2-hour Derby broadcast will air on both stations from 5-7 ET.
As I mentioned, it was ESPN Radio who had the broadcast rights to the Kentucky Derby the past several years.”
-Mike Penna HRRN
Click here to read the company’s news release from the announcement.