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WDAE Becomes New Radio Outlet For USF Football Broadcasts

(Tampa, FL) USF Athletics and IHeartMedia & Entertainment, Inc. will start a new partnership beginning in the 2019-20 season that will make WDAE (95.3 & 96.7 FM/620 AM), the home of USF football radio broadcasts and expand USF’s “Bulls Unlimited” digital radio offering to two channels on iHeart Radio.

“We are very excited to be partnering with one of the most widely listened to sports stations in the state to bring USF football games to our fans and expand our groundbreaking digital platform,” Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said. “WDAE is synonymous with sports in the Bay area and we look forward to a tremendous partnership that will continue to expand the USF brand and help connect more fans with the excitement of our Bulls sports teams.”

The three-year agreement will begin this fall with WDAE airing USF football games live on three stations that simulcast the WDAE signal – 95.3 FM, 96.7 FM and 620 AM. All Bulls football games will be carried on the WDAE stations except when conflicts arise with Tampa Bay Rays baseball games. When Rays game conflicts exist, USF football games will air on WHNZ 1250 AM over the air and continue to be carried on the “Bulls Unlimited” iHeart Radio channel.

“We are thrilled to welcome USF to the iHeartMedia family,” Market President Chris Soechtig said. “Having a partnership with Tampa Bay’s home team on 95.3 WDAE further solidifies our commitment to deliver exceptional local sports coverage to our listeners. We are counting down the days to kick off!”

As part of the new iHeartMedia agreement, USF will expand its popular digital radio outlet to two “Bulls Unlimited” channels, allowing much greater bandwidth and flexibility in carrying game broadcasts and other programming surrounding USF’s 19 sports teams. The “Bulls Unlimited” digital channel on iHeart Radio, which launched in 2017 as just the second digital radio channel in college athletics, will continue to carry all football games and will become the primary home of USF men’s and women’s basketball and baseball broadcasts. WDAE will carry broadcasts of some postseason contests involving USF basketball and baseball over the air.

WDAE will also broadcast the USF Football Radio Show on a weekly basis throughout the season as well as the last hour of the pregame show and a 30-minute postgame show during football game broadcasts. The first hour of the Bulls’ traditional two-hour football pregame show will air exclusively on “Bulls Unlimited.”

The two “Bulls Unlimited” stations on iHeart Radio will continue to carry 24/7 digital streaming of USF Athletics content, including live game broadcasts across several sports and coaches shows.

USF opens the season on Fri., Aug. 30 with an ESPN primetime game with Wisconsin at 7 p.m. in Raymond James Stadium.





Apollo 11 50th Anniversary: Mutual Radio’s Don Blair talks about covering the recovery mission

Don Blair anchored the radio coverage of the Apollo 11 splashdown in July 1969 for the Mutual Radio Network. In this TV interview I did with Don in 2005, he talks about broadcasting to one of the largest audiences in radio history and his book “Splashdown, NASA and the Navy”. Don Blair passed away in Dec. 2018.





Orioles Announcer Gary Thorne and Sarasota Resident Gary Thorne to Teach Play-By-Play Course at Prestigious Journalism School

(Sarasota, FL ) Sarasota resident and MASN lead play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne, in his 13th year calling Baltimore Orioles games for the regional sports network, will teach a play-by-play course this summer as a visiting professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Thorne will teach the one-of-a-kind course remotely from May 20 through July 8 to a select group of sports journalism majors at the Cronkite School.

Some of the students will be in Massachusetts announcing games for the Cape Cod Baseball League, the premier summer league for star college baseball players, while other students will be engaging in the course from internships around the country.

Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan noted that the school, which was the first in the nation to offer sports journalism degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, has students interested in play-by-play careers.

“Gary Thorne is the quintessential play-by-play announcer,” Callahan said. “His outstanding work covering the Orioles for MASN as well as his work on national baseball and hockey broadcasts make him the ideal professional to teach this unique experience for our students.”

Callahan also noted Thorne’s experience teaching previously at the University of Maine and the University of Maine Law School.

“Our students are tremendously fortunate to be able to learn from one of the best,” he said.

MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, is a regional sports network owned by the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.

The Cronkite School is one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and home to Arizona PBS. Sports journalism students have the opportunity to cover the Cactus League and other major league sports events and issues from news bureaus in Phoenix and Los Angeles and benefit from professional partnerships with the Pac-12 Networks, FOX Sports, ESPN, MLB.com and others.





MASN Announces 2019 Baltimore Orioles TV Broadcast Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, today announced its Major League Baseball schedule for the 2019 season. All Orioles games broadcast by MASN will be available in crystal-clear high definition, including the season opener at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees on Thursday, March 28.

Other highlights of MASN’s 2019 Orioles schedule include interleague games against the Washington Nationals (June 16-17, Aug. 27-28), and the Colorado Rockies (May 7 24-26), San Francisco Giants (May 31-June 2), San Diego Padres (June 25-26, July 29-30), Arizona Diamondbacks (July 22-24) and Los Angeles Dodgers (Sept. 10-12) of the National League West.

The Orioles will have 89 games air live on MASN and 73 games air live on MASN2.

Sarasota resident Gary Thorne and Jim Hunter will again share play-by-play duties in the MASN broadcast booth, where they will be joined by Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer and Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Mike Bordick as primary color analysts, with former Orioles pitcher Ben McDonald and Orioles Hall of Fame second baseman Brian Roberts calling select games as color analysts.

Thorne begins his 34th season of Major League Baseball play-by-play coverage, his 13th with the Orioles, and Hunter returns for his 23rd season as part of the Orioles broadcast team.
Palmer enters his 27 season as a color analyst for the Orioles, his only team in a 19-year major league career. Bordick is in his eighth season in the MASN booth, McDonald in his fourth and Roberts in his second.

Sara Perlman begins her first season as MASN’s on-field reporter. The “O’s Xtra” pregame and postgame shows on MASN will be hosted by Tom Davis and Rob Long, alongside Orioles Hall of Fame catcher and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey. MASNsports.com writer Roch Kubatko will appear regularly on “O’s Xtra.”

A full listing of cable, satellite and fiber optic channel positions will be available at www.MASNsports.com.





Baltimore Orioles Announce 2019 Broadcast Team

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced the broadcast team for the 2019 season for MASN, the Orioles Radio Network and Orioles and MASN digital platforms.

Longtime broadcaster Joe Angel has retired after 19 seasons as the “Voice of the Orioles” on the Orioles Radio Network. Angel spent more than four decades calling Major League Baseball games, including two World Series, 44 postseason games, and seven no-hitters. His signature calls of “In the WIN column,” “Wave it bye, bye,” and “Hasta la vista, pelota” have been enjoyed by fans across Birdland for nearly two decades.

ESPN broadcaster Kevin Brown will join the Orioles Radio Network in 2019, serving as a play-by-play announcer for approximately 50 Orioles games this season. Brown currently serves as a play-by-play commentator on ESPN’s coverage of college football, basketball, hockey, and softball. In addition, he previously served as lead broadcaster with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, while serving as the Chiefs’ director of broadcasting and media relations. Brown is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism.

MASN All-Access host and reporter SARA PERLMAN will become the network’s sideline reporter, providing on-field reports for all regular season Orioles games. She joined MASN in 2017 to host MASN All-Access, MASN’s digital show on Facebook Live, where she covered the Orioles and Washington Nationals. A graduate of the University of Florida, Perlman previously served as a sideline reporter and color analyst for the North American Soccer League and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and as a cage-side reporter for MMA Fights on UFC Fight Pass.

Local Baltimore media personality and 105.7 The Fan broadcaster Rob Long will join the O’s Xtra pregame and postgame shows as the program’s weekend host. Long currently serves as a co-host for Baltimore’s Big Bad Morning Show on the Orioles Radio Network flagship station, 105.7 The Fan.

Returning to their previous in-game roles are veteran broadcasters Gary Thorne, a Sarasota resident in the off-season, who enters his 13th season as MASN’s lead play-by-play announcer, and Jim Hunter, who returns for his 23rd year as a member of the Orioles broadcast team. Hunter will serve as the Orioles Radio Network’s play-by-play announcer for a majority of games, while also continuing to appear on MASN’s broadcasts.

Hall of Famer and Orioles Legend Jim Palmer will return for his 27th season as lead analyst on MASN and his 56th season as a member of the Orioles organization. Former Orioles Mike Bordic, Dave Johnson, Ben McDonald, Gregg Olson and Brian Roberts will also provide in-game analysis throughout the season on MASN and the Orioles Radio Network.

Orioles Hall of Famer Rick Dempsey will return for his 13th season as a member of the Orioles broadcast team, continuing his role on the O’s Xtra pre- and postgame show. Tom Davis returns to the program for his fourth season and his 21st year on Orioles telecasts, serving as the weekday host on O’s Xtra.





USF at UMass Football Game to be Aired in Tampa Bay on WTTA-TV Channel 38

(TAMPA, FL) The unbeaten USF football team returns to action this Saturday when the Bulls travel to Amherst, Mass., to take on Massachusetts in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The game is being televised by Eleven Sports and will be aired locally in the Bay Area on WFLA sister station WTTA-TV Great 38.

WTTA-TV Great 38 can be received by over-the-air antenna in the Bay Area on channel 38 as well as on Spectrum (Ch. 6 & 1006 HD), Frontier (Ch. 14 & 513 HD) and Comcast/Xfinity (Ch. 11 & 435 HD) cable systems and via DirecTV (Ch. 38) and Dish Network (Ch. 38). The game is also being broadcast on Eleven Sports (available via DirecTV, ATT Uverse and Verizon Fios) and NESN (available on DirecTV).

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with WFLA and its sister station WTTA Great 38 to provide fans in the Bay Area the opportunity to watch their Bulls take the field this Saturday at UMass,” USF Vice President for Athletics Michael Kelly said. “We reached out to Eleven Sports, which is broadcasting the game in the Northeast, and were able to work out an agreement to license the game for distribution in the Bay Area, and WFLA was terrific in clearing the air time and a great location in which to broadcast it. We know area fans will enjoy the opportunity to cheer on their Bulls.”

The Eleven Sports broadcast team of Eric Frede, Andy Gresh and sideline reporter Matt Goldstein, a former UMass kicker, will call the game.

USF is one of just 14 teams that remain undefeated in FBS football as the Bulls return after a bye week at 4-0. The Bulls checked in just outside the Top 25 rankings this week, collecting 83 votes in the AP Poll (27th) and 109 in the Coaches Poll (26th).

The Bulls have won 32 of their last 38 games, tied for fifth-best in the nation over that span, entering Saturday’s contest at UMass (2-4). The game can also be heard live on the USF Sports Network on 820 AM in the Bay Area and digitally on the iHeart Radio Bulls Unlimited channel.

The American Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) once again has made mental health and safety its top priority. All 13 American institutions will kick off the American Athletic Conference’s Pow6rful Minds Campaign for 2018-19 with Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 1-7. This is part of an important initiative to improve awareness of mental health issues and resources available to student-athletes with the goal of ending the stigma related to seeking help and promoting success through a healthy, powerful mind. Learn more HERE.





Mike Francesa: Radio Has Done a Terrible Job Monetizing Digital Platforms


WFAN sports talk host Mike Francesa talks about the state of radio and digital platforms at the recent Talkers Magazine conference in New York City.


Tampa Bay’s WFTS-TV to launch Laff Network and Grit Network broadcasts on new digital channels

(Tampa Bay, FL) WFTS-TV, Tampa Bay’s ABC affiliate announced the launch of two new networks to air on the station’s digital side channels today. “As the LiveWell Network sunsets, we are excited for our new D2 station and the launch of our D3 station beginning Wed 4/15 at 8am.”

WFTS 28.2 will carry Laff TV. Laff TV is the country’s first broadcast television station with comedy around-the-clock.

WFTS 28.3 will carry Grit TV. Grit TV is the home for your favorite bold, brave and legendary action heroes!

See more about the Digitial Channel of WFTS: http://www.abcactionnews.com/about-us
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