Northwest Missouri State University football and men’s and women’s basketball will be broadcast on Real Country 1030 AM this fall.

The Independence radio station will be the only outlet in the metro area to feature the three Bearcat teams.

KCWJ has aired Blue Springs and Blue Springs South football for more than two decades, the Sonic Locker Room for the past 10 years, and St. Louis Blues hockey and Omaha Storm Chasers, the Royals Triple A affiliate.

KCWJ’s Tony Wrisinger said the Bearcat broadcasts will replace Missouri State University.

“We had an amicable parting with Missouri State and are so excited about having the former Division II national champion football and men’s basketball teams on KCWJ,” said Wrisinger, who has added area basketball and baseball games to the KCWJ lineup the past two years, “and we will broadcast all the women’s conference games.”

“With all the local fan base,” he said, “this was just a natural move once our contract with Missouri State ended.”

Although the deal was just announced, already a buzz is spreading through Eastern Jackson County.

“Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat,” said Tim Crone, the longtime former coach and activities director from Blue Springs High School, who graduated from Northwest. “This is a big deal because there are so many fans down here who wanted a local station to carry the games.”

“And Real Country is the perfect station because once you’re a Bearcat, you are always a part of that family, and Tony and the gang at KCWJ have that family approach to everything they approach. I’ve talked to a lot of my friends, and they can’t wait to listen to the games this fall.”

Rodney Harris, of Bearcat Sports in Maryville, Mo., the home of NWMSU, said the feeling of excitement has already spread up north.

“Everyone at KXCV (the public radio station of NWMSU) is very excited, our coaches are excited, our interim AD (Andy Peterson) is really excited to have all our football and basketball games on the air in the metro area – this is just one of those win/win situations for everyone.”

Austin Meyer, a former Examiner Player of the Year and 2004 graduate of Blue Springs High School, has taken over the women’s basketball program after serving many years as an assistant and assistant head coach with men’s coach Ben McCollum.

“Being a Blue Springs guy I am extremely excited that our games will be aired on KCWJ,” Meyer said. “There are so many good people in that area, and I am glad my mom won’t have to search online!”

“Northwest Missouri State is a special place, and our programs compete at a very high level. Continuing to expand our listening area is huge for our programs moving forward.”