The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Friday that the team has signed a 10-year deal with Clear Channel to serve as the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network.
"We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Clear Channel," said Buccaneers Senior Director of Business Administration Mike Newquist. "We feel that we have chosen an excellent partner to help us take our broadcasts to the next level."
All Buccaneer games will be broadcast on flagship station Thunder 103.5 FM as well as simultaneously on 620 WDAE, and include seven hours of extensive pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage. In addition to airing the Bucs games, Thunder 103.5 FM and 620 WDAE will also broadcast a number of coach and player shows.
"Thunder 103.5 is extremely excited to have Tampa Bay's premier classic rock station as the new home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network," said Clear Channel Vice President and General Manager Dan DiLoreto. "The NFL is the jewel of professional sports and the Buccaneers broadcasts will bring a fresh new dynamic to our station. This is a perfect marriage of two model franchises: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Clear Channel Radio."
The Buccaneers' new radio partnership is extremely good news for Buccaneers.com users and Tampa Bay fans across the country and around the world. For the first time ever, all of Tampa Bay's games will be streamlined live on Buccaneers.com, the team's official web site. The Bucs' previous radio contract did not provide for live internet streaming.
The Buccaneers will begin securing affiliates throughout the state and throughout the country immediately.
"The NFL and Classic Rock are perfect partners," said Clear Channel Vice President of Programming Brad Hardin. "I'm happy to welcome the Buccaneers to their new home, Thunder 103.5."