Colorado Springs, CO (April 5, 2021) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced today that the club has partnered with CUMULUS MEDIA's XTRA Sports 1300/KCSF-AM to broadcast every Switchbacks game in 2021. XTRA Sports 1300 has been Southern Colorado's home for sports talk radio since 2013.
Ryan Kaufman, Program Director, XTRA Sports 1300, and Host of Drive Time Sports weekdays from 3:00pm-6:00pm, will be Play-by-Play Announcer for Switchbacks games on XTRA Sports 1300. He transitions from his previous role as TV Play-By-Play Announcer for Switchbacks home games since 2018.
James Ragain, Vice President, Switchbacks FC, said: "We are extremely excited to be partnering with XTRA Sports 1300 and Cumulus Media to be able to bring Colorado Springs a top notch radio broadcast production to keep all the fans engaged and updated live for all our home and away games this season and beyond. Ryan has been an amazing TV broadcaster for the Switchbacks and will now focus his talents to the radio specific broadcast and we couldn't be happier to have Ryan continue partnering with us."
Scott Jones, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Colorado Springs, said: “We’ve always enjoyed our Switchbacks partnership, but taking it to the play-by-play level is something very special. This is truly that something extra for XTRA Sports 1300. I’m very excited for Ryan. He’ll do a great job calling the games. We’re thrilled with this opportunity!"
Ryan Kaufman said: “XTRA Sports 1300 has been there with the Switchbacks since day one. To me, this is the natural next step in the evolution of our partnership and we could not be more thrilled to be the radio home for live Switchbacks play-by-play.” He added, “I appreciate the trust the club put in me a few years ago to be a part of the TV broadcast team and I look forward to continuing in that role in my natural environment, so to speak. I look forward to helping bring an entertaining product to Switchbacks fans on the radio.”
The Switchbacks will open the 2021 soccer season on the road in San Antonio, TX, on Saturday, May 1. The Grand Home Opener at Weidner Field in Downtown Colorado Springs is set for Friday, May 21, as the Switchbacks take on New Mexico United in the first USL Championship game. The Switchbacks will play 32 games over 26 weeks, and will wrap up the season back in San Antonio on October 30.
For the complete 2021 Switchbacks schedule, visit: https://www.switchbacksfc.com/2021season. Stream XTRA Sports 1300’s live play-by-play of Switchbacks games at: https://www.xtrasports1300.com/.
ABOUT COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS FC
The Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club is a professional soccer team based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team is a member of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid and one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world reaching a population of more than 84 million across North America. The Switchbacks began play in 2015 at Weidner Field where it invested 3.5 million to improve a City-owned facility. The franchise is owned by the Ragain Family and led by Ed Ragain, the former owner of a Colorado-based international engineering firm. All matches are broadcast on ESPN+ and home matches are available locally on CW & FOX. For more information, visit: https://www.switchbacksfc.com/.