Capitals fans cheer during the 2017 regular season. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Capitals game broadcasts will return to 106.7 The Fan this season, making the team’s play-by-play more accessible on FM radio and deepening the sports station’s relationship with the team.

After several years on 106.7 The Fan, Caps games moved to WFED 1500 AM last season. When they conflicted with other programming there, games were available exclusively on Caps Radio 24/7, the team’s online streaming service. After fans complained about the lack of an FM option, the team struck a midseason deal with iHeartRadio’s 104.7, a low-power FM station that was hard for listeners to access outside the Beltway.

But Monumental Sports & Entertainment and 106.7 The Fan officials continued to talk during the offseason, culminating in a deal that returns the team to Washington’s FM sports talker. Caps games will exclusively air on Caps Radio 24/7 when there are conflicts with 106.7 The Fan, including for Saturday’s home opener, which runs simultaneous to Game 2 of the Nationals-Cubs playoff series. In addition to the Nats, the station also has play-by-play deals with Virginia Tech and Georgetown. The Caps will take priority over Hokies and Hoyas basketball games; it’s not yet certain how conflicts with the Nats next spring will be resolved. But the vast majority of Caps games will now be more readily available on the FM dial.

“As we all know, 106.7 is the top-rated sports station; it’s the one you want to be on around here,” said Hunter Lochmann, Monumental’s senior vice president of marketing brand and strategy. “We knew we wanted to get back there, so we were happy to work out an agreement.”

John Carlson will continue to make weekly appearances on Chad Dukes’s afternoon drive show, and Jay Beagle will replace Karl Alzner, who replaced Brooks Laich, as a weekly guest of the Junkies. Capitals Coach Barry Trotz and Wizards Coach Scott Brooks will also alternate weekly appearances with the Junkies, based on travel schedules. The station’s hockey program, “Crashing the Net” — co-hosted by Washington Post staff writer Neil Greenberg — will move to weekday evenings, typically on Tuesdays. Add game broadcasts, and the station will have a significant hockey presence.

“We’re obviously very happy to have them back,” 106.7 program director Chris Kinard said. “Obviously there’s a huge fan base out there for the Caps. They want to be able to hear the game, and we want them to be able to hear the games, and I think we provide a great platform for that.

Last year, both the Wizards and Caps appeared on WFED 1500 AM, which will remain the flagship station for the Wizards’ radio network for a second season. But Caps broadcasts — with John Walton in his seventh season of play-by-play — will return to 106.7, their home for four years before last season’s change.

“This is the station that’s really going to amplify the caps,” Lochmann said, referring to the team’s “All Caps” marketing campaign.  “Everything we do is in all caps. We want our radio station partner to kind of echo that same sentiment, and this is the right partner.”

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