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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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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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