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1010XL/92.5 FM, Florida Gators Announce 4-Year Radio Partnership

“The four-year arrangement will make 1010XL/92.5 FM the home for all Gators football and men’s basketball games, as well as conference and other selected baseball games, plus all Gators talk shows.”

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The University of Florida has found a new radio home on the First Coast, joining the Jacksonville Jaguars on the city’s top sports station.

1010XL/92.5 FM, the flagship station of the Jaguars, is now home for Gators athletics as well. The partnership goes into effective this week, starting with the airing of Gator baseball games and the two-hour Florida football spring special. The partnership was announced jointly this week by the University Athletic Association, Florida Gators Sports Properties and 1010XL. The Jacksonville sports radio station made it official on the air with Dan Hicken and Jeff Prosser sharing the news at 9am this morning, and following up the announcement with a special radio appearance by legendary Gators football coach Steve Spurrier.

The four-year deal makes 1010XL/92.5 FM the home for all Gators football and men’s basketball games, as well as conference and other selected baseball games, plus all Gators talk shows.

“We are excited to partner with 1010XL to bring Gator athletics to the First Coast airwaves,” said Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin. “We have a large passionate fan base in the listening area who can now follow all of our football, basketball and conference baseball games on the premier sports talk radio station in Jacksonville.”

1010XL/92.5 FM has been the flagship station of the Jaguars since 2014. Launched in 2007, the station has committed to live and local programming, featuring some of the most popular and longest running sports talk shows in Jacksonville. In addition to adding the Gators and remaining the home of the Jaguars, the radio station will continue to be the radio home for Jacksonville University athletics, and other professional, college and high school sporting events.

“We are thrilled to add University of Florida athletics to our all-star play-by-play lineup,” 1010XL/92.5 FM President and General Manager Steven Griffin said. “As the proud flagship station of the Jaguars, it only made sense to add the Gators, whose heritage and incredible following in our area and statewide is second to none among college programs.”

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Kentucky and Missouri Stations Switch Formats, Add FOX Sports Radio

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

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Sports radio listeners in western Kentucky and southeast Missouri can rejoice, thanks to a recent decision by Withers Broadcasting to switch formats.

Folks in the Paducah area of Kentucky can now find FOX Sports Radio on 95.9 FM, while listeners in Cape Girardeau, Missouri can find FSR on 97.3.

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

Among the lineup of hosts that can be heard on the stations include Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, Jason Smith, Ben Maller and Outkick 360 hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow, and Paul Kuharsky.

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Kevin McNamara to Host Two-Hour Show on 790 The Score in Rhode Island

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Two months after announcing its triumphant return to the Rhode Island airwaves, Sports Radio 790 The Score is set to go live next week.

And in addition to the station’s lineup of national hosts and sports betting shows, former Providence Journal writer Kevin McNamara will be hosting the station’s only local show.

McNamara will host his show from 5-7 pm, sandwiched between You Better You Bet and Bet MGM Tonight.

McNamara, who hosted a one-hour show on WPRO, saw his time extended an hour. He said this is a great opportunity to get listeners involved early.

“In one hour I tried to be as newsy as I could,” McNamara told Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. “It’s basically a three-segment show — we’d try to have three different subjects. Now we’ll try to hit those three different subjects, but we’ll have a real avenue for calls.” 

The second hour of McNamara’s show will be simulcasted on WPRO.

The Score, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, will carry Providence men’s basketball, Brown men’s basketball and football, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics and the New York Yankees.

The station hopes to eat at some of the market share in Rhode Island currently held by both Boston sports stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Joel Utley, College Basketball’s Record Holder for Most Games Called, Retires

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record.

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Joel Utley has announced he is retiring from broadcasting and as the voice of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers.

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record. He broadcast 1,933 Kentucky Wesleyan games during that span, also a record for total games called. He began his career on December 2, 1961 when KWC defeated California State University – Northridge, 100-64. 

Utley also is the only broadcaster in the nation to call 12 NCAA Basketball Championship games (all levels) including eight Division II titles.

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“It was a tough decision to make, but the timing is right to step down,” Utley said. “What I have done as a broadcaster reflects my love for KWC. My career has been beyond any dreams I ever had.”

He is a member of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and in September, Utley will be inducted into the Kentucky Broadcaster Association Hall of Fame.

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