UT establishes football network


University of Toledo football expects to expand its radio listenership beginning this fall thanks to the recent establishment of the University of Toledo Football Radio Network.

Toledo-based WSPD (1370 AM) will serve as the flagship station for a network of stations across northern Ohio and southeast Michigan taking part in syndicated broadcasts of UT football games. Detroit's WDTW (1310 AM) is signed on and another station in the Cleveland area is expected to join the group.

"The appeal of Rocket athletics stretch far beyond Toledo and northwest Ohio," UT athletic director Mike O'Brien said. "The opportunity this radio network represents for increasing outreach to our supporters is incredible."

This will be the 43rd year UT football games will be carried by WSPD, which has a 5,000-watt signal. Mark Beier, longtime voice of the Rockets, is headed into his 15th season as UT play-by-play announcer. Rocket hall of famer Tom Duncan of BCSN will serve as color commentator.

UT men's basketball games will also be carried on the group of stations.