JU Signs Deal With "The Winner" AM 970 as Flagship Station

April 29, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has signed a contract with Jacksonville's newest Sports Superstation, "The Winner" AM 970 (WNNR), to air more than 85 live broadcasts of JU athletic events during the 2004-05 academic year. "The Winner" AM 970 will broadcast all 11 football games, all 30 men's basketball games and 26 baseball games, as well as 10 football coaches show and 15 basketball coaches shows. The Voice of the Dolphins, Cole Pepper, will also return for his fourth year calling play-by-play for JU football, basketball and baseball.

The Steve Gilbert Show, which begins Sept. 5, will air live from The Mudville Grille at St. Nicholas every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. during the football season, while The Hugh Durham Show will air Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. throughout the basketball season. Jamie Zeitz, JU's Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, will serve as the host for the third consecutive year.

All JU games can also be heard live on the Dolphins' official athletic web site -

"We're excited to once again be part of a new and growing station," said Zeitz. "The Winner has shown a commitment to long-term excellence on the First Coast, especially in the local community, and has continued to improve its programming. We have had a very positive experience with the station during the past year and look forward to a long-standing relationship in the future. "

"We're thrilled to be the home of JU Dolphin athletics," said Bernie Daigle, Vice President and General Manager for AM 970. "JU has been an integral part of the Jacksonville community for more than 50 years, which makes the Dolphins a great fit for us as we continue our growth on the First Coast. Our broadcasts of Jacksonville University events and shows last year received nothing but great praise."

"The Winner" AM 970 is an affiliate of The Sporting News Radio Network, which currently broadcasts on more than 450 stations across the country, and is Jacksonville's newest home for "Jocks and Stocks". The station features local and national sports, as well as financial reports and updates with Tony Marino, former co-host of the Moneywatch Radio Network. It is also the flagship station for the nationally syndicated Wizetrade Radio Program. In addition, "The Winner" features Sports Final Wake-Up Call on weekday mornings with Dan Hicken and Jeff Prosser from First Coast News (TV 12/25), as well as The Greg Larson Show.