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ESPN 1520 new radio home for UB Athletics

Published July 24, 2014

UB Athletics has announced a new radio partnership with ESPN 1520 AM to broadcast football and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as other UB Athletics programming, beginning in August.

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 throughout the entire state of New York. Owned by the Entercom Communications Corporation, ESPN 1520 is home to such popular national radio shows as “Mike & Mike,” “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd and “SVP & Rusillo.”

The partnership also will allow for a cross-promotion of UB athletics across other Entercom-owned stations, including WGR 550, 930 WBEN, Kiss 98.5 and Star 102.5.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with ESPN 1520,” says UB Director of Athletics Danny White. “To have UB Athletics broadcasted over the airwaves of one of the most powerful stations on the East Coast will further help us enhance our brand and reach a very large fan base across the state of New York, as well as our extensive alumni base on the Eastern seaboard.”

ESPN 1520 will be the flagship station of the UB Bulls Radio Network. UB games also will 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. For the first time in school history, UB Athletics will have a radio network that spans across the entire Empire State.

In addition to football and men’s and women’s basketball games, ESPN 1520 will broadcast a weekly 30-minute show with football head coach Jeff Quinn and 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 13 games televised on one of the ESPN platforms and this year UB will welcome ESPN to campus for the first time for the Sept. 12 game 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.