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WDFN Named Detroit Radio Affiliate for Spartan Network



March 2, 2000

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Detroit's WDFN Radio (AM 1130) has been selected as Michigan State's affiliate for football and basketball broadcasts in 2000-01, according to a joint announcement made Thursday by TBC Sports, Inc. and the MSU Athletics Department.

"We're very excited about having the Spartans back on Sports Radio 1130 the Fan," AMFM, Inc. vice president Steve Schram said. "WDFN and the Spartans are both emerging leaders in the Detroit sports arena, and we're extremely delighted to have this partnership with Michigan State Athletics."

"Michigan State is pleased to be back on WDFN," MSU associate athletics director Mark Hollis said. "This agreement guarantees MSU expanded exposure in the Detroit market. WDFN is committed to providing additional pregame and postgame coverage for Spartan football games which will only enhance the game day experience."

Under the agreement, WDFN will carry all Michigan State football and basketball games, a limited hockey schedule and NCAA postseason coverage for women's basketball. In addition, WDFN will be home to the weekly call-in shows for MSU head football coach Bobby Williams and head basketball coach Tom Izzo.

TBC Sports and MSU Athletics also announced that Spartan football and basketball games will be simulcast on 50,000-watt WODJ (FM 107.3) in addition to WBBL (AM 1340) in Grand Rapids.

"For the past three seasons, WBBL-AM has been home for Spartan sports," WBBL/WODJ president and general manager Bart Brandmiller said. "With the solid fan base and the current excitement surrounding Spartan sports, providing enhanced coverage with the WBBL-AM and WODJ-FM simulcast is a logical progression. This is our way of saying, "We are the home of Spartan sports in Mid-Michigan.'"

"This move is all part of TBC Sports attempt to reconstruct the Spartan Radio Network," Hollis said. "This is a giant step forward for MSU Athletics."

WBBL Radio intends to originate live tailgate programming from all home football games before joining the Spartan Network broadcast.