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USF Athletics Set to Launch 24/7 “Bulls Unlimited” Radio Network

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The first major shakeup after Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties took over for IMG Radio is a good one for Bulls fans.

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USF Athletics announced today that they will launch a 24/7/365 streaming radio network on iHeartRadio. It will sign on at noon Saturday, ahead of USF football’s first game of the season at San Jose State.

This is a very good thing, if it’s done properly. Fortunately, with Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik pulling all the strings behind the scenes, there’s very little doubt that this will be a huge success. Vinik and company took over for IMG on July 1 and have hit the ground running.

From the press release:

The channel will launch Saturday at noon with a classic rebroadcast of the Bulls’ very first football game played Sept. 6, 1997 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan. Original programming and a replay of the first USF Football Radio Show with Charlie Strong will then lead up to the 2017 Bulls kickoff at San Jose State (7:30 p.m. ET), starting with the pregame show at 5:30 p.m.

“We are very excited to team with our partners at TBEP to launch this new channel for Bulls fans,” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “This is really unique in college athletics to deliver live events, coaches shows, archived replays of great games and original athletics programming across the spectrum of all our sports and have it available wherever Bulls fans may be in the world free of charge.”

Programming on USF Bulls Unlimited will include live game broadcasts, USF coaches radio shows, and past memorable games from football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and more. Original programming will also be added to the mix featuring USF student-athletes, coaches and administrators and giving fans a closer look at the Bulls and college athletics.

620 WDAE’s Darek Sharp will oversee the day-to-day programming, as well as the creation of original content.

USF baseball will get a major benefit of the radio network. Their games previously aired on 1010 AM, which always had static in the background of every broadcast.