This fall, add 104.9 FM to your radio dial.
Following a change in format which now provides local News, Traffic & Weather, plus Don Imus in the Morning, the Gainesville-based radio station will now add high school football to the mix.
Mike Ridaught, founder & owner of ThePrepZone.com, has agreed in principle to a high school football Game-of-the-Week on 104.9 The Talk of Gainesville and it will feature teams from Alachua County. A total of 11 regular season games will make air beginning Friday, August 25, when Eastside hosts Buchholz for a city rivalry at Citizen’s Field.
“We are excited about our partnership with 104.9 The Talk of Gainesville which will allow us to broadcast on FM radio in Gainesville for the first time,” said Ridaught, who noted the weekly online show “The Prep Zone” with co-host Marty Pallman is back at Sonic on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. and will debut on Monday, August 22. “This could not have been made possible without the continued support of State Farm Agent Mark McGriff, SunState Federal Credit Union and Sonic Drive-In, plus the local supporters of 104.9 FM. We hope to build on these relationships to give the Gainesville community the very best in local prep sports coverage.”
In addition to the ‘live’ broadcasts, the station will also do giveaways at the games and on the radio. A broadcast link will be provided to listen to the games each week at ThePrepZone.com Other things are planned for ThePrepZone.com, which is celebrating its 10th year in 2016. More information will be provided soon.
2016 High School Football Broadcast Schedule on 104.9 FM & ThePrepZone.com
Aug. 26 – Buchholz at Eastside (city rivalry featuring 2015 playoff teams)
Sept. 2 – Newberry at Eastside (good early season test for both Alachua County schools which have first-year coaches)
Sept. 9 – Santa Fe at Eastside (Alachua County showdown between first-year coaches)
Sept. 16 – Orange Park Oakleaf (serious contender for the 7A-District 3 title) at Buchholz (last year’s defending district champions)
Sept. 23 – North Marion at GHS (two best teams in neighboring counties with North Marion seeking its 17th straight postseason appearance and GHS looking for its city-best 8th straight playoff)
Sept. 30 – Ocala Forest at GHS (Class 6A-District 5 showdown between Marion & Alachua County)
Oct. 7 – GHS at Buchholz (this city rivalry has intensified in the past two years by Bobcat victories)
Oct. 14 – GHS at Vanguard (rematch of 2015; Knights won the regular season meeting at Gainesville but the ‘Canes won at Vanguard, which is likely to be highly ranked, in the state playoffs)
Oct. 21 – Fleming Island at Buchholz (HOMECOMING; also a key district game)
Oct. 28 – Eastside at GHS (city rivalry featuring new Rams’ coach Cedderick Daniels against his former team)
Nov. 4 – Santa Fe at Buchholz (SENIOR NIGHT; county showdown between two teams that were in the state playoffs last season)
Join Mike Ridaught (Play-by-play) and George Koziara (Color) for all the action beginning with a 30-minute pregame each week