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WDAE bumps Florida Gators for USF football

The region’s highest-rated sports station reaches a three-year deal with USF.
USF defensive end Greg Reaves (41) and the Bulls have a new radio home, at WDAE (95.3-FM/620-AM). OCTAVIO JONES | Times

TAMPA ― Locally, USF formally has overtaken the Florida Gators.

From a radio ― if not a recruiting ― standpoint.

In a joint announcement with USF officials, WDAE (95.3-FM/96.7-FM/620-AM) announced Wednesday at its Gandy Boulevard headquarters it will broadcast Bulls football games the next three seasons, starting this fall. No word yet if the Gators will be broadcast locally.

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“It’s an expanded presence for us and a stronger signal,” Bulls athletic director Michael Kelly said. “We’re just really, really pleased. It’s another step in the momentum of the type of enterprise we’re building at USF Athletics.”

Wednesday’s announcement means the network no longer will carry Gators contests. All Bulls games will be carried on the WDAE stations except when a conflict arises with Rays baseball games.

When that occurs, USF games will air on WHNZ (1250-AM) and will continue to be carried on the “Bulls Unlimited” channel on iHeart Radio.

As part of the agreement, USF expands its digital-radio outlet to two “Bulls Unlimited” channels, allowing greater bandwidth and flexibility in carrying other Bulls sports programming.

Moreover, WDAE will carry broadcasts of some postseason contests involving USF basketball and baseball. WDAE also will broadcast the weekly “USF Football Radio Show,” the last hour of the football game-day pregame show, and 30-minute postgame show.

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“The entire process, putting together this partnership, was just a real pleasure,” said Chris Soechtig, market president for Tampa Bay iHeartMedia.

“Really, (USF’s) desire to become ingrained in the Tampa Bay community, it just became very, very obvious that this was a match made in heaven for all of our media.”

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