"Ferris State Friday's" Debuts This Week On WBBL

"Ferris State Friday's" Debuts This Week On WBBL

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University Athletics has announced a partnership with popular West Michigan sports leader WBBL and will debut "Ferris State Friday's" starting this week.

"Ferris State Friday's" will air at approximately 7:30 a.m. (ET) every Friday morning as part of the "Bakita & Bentley" morning show on the Grand Rapids based station.  The eight to 10 minute weekly segment will feature a live interview with a Bulldog guest in addition to a ticket giveaway and more.

New football head coach Tony Annese will be the first featured guest on "Ferris State Friday's" as the segment debuts this Friday (Aug. 24).

"We're thrilled to partner with WBBL," said FSU Associate Athletic Director Jon Coles.  "They are the most listened to sports talk radio station on this side of the state and we're excited to expand our brand with them. 

"This initiative, in addition to our partnership with Charter Media in Grand Rapids, will give us the opportunity to share our story and success with one of the largest demographics for sports fans in the state.  With close to 35,000 alumni  in the WBBL listening area, we hope to revive the Bulldog spirit and make Big Rapids a destination point this coming fall and winter for alumni and fans," he added.

The "Bakita & Bentley" morning show airs weekdays on WBBL 107.3 FM in Grand Rapids and can also be heard live online at www.wbbl.com.  The show is hosted by veteran sports announcer Bret Bakita and former National Football League (NFL) player Ray Bentley.  It runs daily from 6-9 a.m. (ET).

"We are so excited here on the "Bakita & Bentley" show and 107.3 WBBL FM to be partnering with the Ferris State University Athletics Department this fall to promote both Bulldog football and FSU Athletics," said Bakita.  "There is a lot of excitement in Big Rapids and the West Michigan area right now with the Ferris State brand, especially after the Frozen Four run last year with the hockey team, and we are excited to be a media partner who can help spread the Bulldog news."

The partnership with WBBL for "Ferris State Friday's" builds on the success FSU Athletics began last year with its flagship home of the Bulldog Sports Network, Sunny 97.3 FM, in Big Rapids.  For the second consecutive year, Sunny 97.3 FM will again carry Bulldog football and hockey along with men's and women's basketball contests in 2012-13.  All games are also streamed live online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Listen to Week 1: Tony Annese

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