The Bulls are coming to Entercom Buffalo.
In a joint press conference Thursday between Entercom and the University at Buffalo, UB Athletics' Director Danny White and Entercom Buffalo Vice President/General Manager Greg Ried announced a new radio partnership with ESPN 1520 AM to broadcast football and men's and women's basketball games, as well as other programming surrounding UB Athletics beginning next month.
The agreement is yet another move in White's vision to make UB one of the premier athletic institutions in the country. ESPN 1520, a 50,000-watt station, has one of the strongest signals in the nation. At night, the station can be heard from New England to South Carolina and through out the entire state of New York. ESPN 1520 is home to such popular national radio shows as Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and SVP and Rusillo.
"An exciting day for UB Athletics, as we continue to expand our footprint and make our product available to over 100,000 alumni across New York State and over 200,000 across the country," said White. "50,000 watts is a huge factor for us to, for the first time, have all our football and men's and women's basketball games available throughout the entire state of New York in a prolific way."
Entercom VP/GM Greg Ried (left) with UB Athletic's Director Danny White
The partnership will also enable a cross promotion of UB athletics across other Entercom-owned stations, including WGR 550, 930 WBEN, Kiss 98.5 and Star 102.5.
"Western New York has an insatiable appetite for sports, and that's why we launched ESPN-1520 last September," said Ried. "One of the purposes of that station was to provide a better outlet for local collegiate sports in Western New York. Everyone's taking notice that things are happening here at UB and we're excited to be a part of it."
ESPN 1520 will be the flagship station of the UB Bulls Radio Network. UB games will also air on 1280 WHTK in Rochester as well as select games on 570 WMCA in New York City and 104.5 The Team in Albany.
In addition to football and men's and women's basketball games airing on ESPN 1520, the station will also broadcast a weekly 30-minute show with football head coach Jeff Quinn, as well as men's and women's basketball head coaches Bobby Hurley and Felisha Legette-Jack.
ESPN 1520 is one of nearly 400 ESPN Radio affiliates across North America. The move continues an increased presence on the ESPN family of networks for UB. Last season, the Bulls had 11 of their 13 games televised on one of the ESPN platforms and this year UB will welcome ESPN into their building for the first time with a Friday night matchup against Baylor. The Bulls already have six games slated for broadcast on one of the ESPN networks with nearly half of the schedule's broadcast information yet to be announced.
The football season kicks off against Duquesne on August 30 at UB Stadium at 3:30 pm. The Bulls will host four of their first five games, including the nationally-televised matchup vs. Big 12 Champion Baylor on Sep. 12 at 8:00 pm. UB will also host games against Norfolk St. (9/20) and Miami (OH) (9/27) before playing two straight away from home. The Bulls return home for three of their next four at UB Stadium beginning with Central Michigan (10/25) and continuing with mid-week games against Akron (11/11) and Kent State (11/18). Join the Tailgate Concert Series, which begins 90 minutes before kickoff.
UB Athletic's Director Danny White will join Howard Simon and Sal Capaccio Friday morning at 8:30 in studio on WGR to talk more about the partnership and other events surrounding the athletics program.