The University of Louisiana Athletics Department and Townsquare Media jointly announced on Wednesday an expanded radio package for the 2011 football season.  The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network now grows from four stations up to seven. It now reaches into the five largest metro areas in Louisiana - New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette and Lake Charles.

Flagship station KPEL 1420-AM (SportsRadio ESPN 1420) and 100,000 watt KHXT 107.9 FM (Hot 107.9) continue to provide coverage of Ragin' Cajuns football in Lafayette. WGSO 990-AM in New Orleans returns to the football network this season, along with KANE 1240-AM in New Iberia.

New this season is the addition of the Lake Charles and Shreveport markets to the coverage area for the first time in network history. Carrying UL football into those markets is 100,000 watt KTUX 98.9 FM (99X) in Shreveport, Cajun Radio KLCL 1470-AM in Lake Charles and KJEF 1290-AM in Jennings.

"This is another great step forward in the marketing of Ragin' Cajuns football," interim director of athletics Scott Farmer said. "With the addition of Lake Charles, fans of the Ragin' Cajuns can now hear football all along the I-10 and I-12 corridor from Texas to Mississippi."

"It's very important to be heard nearly everywhere in the State of Louisiana," head coach Mark Hudspeth said. "Our fans and alumni can now catch our games on the radio everywhere in the state and not many universities can say that. It shows our commitment to football."

WGSO, which carried selected games in 2010, enters its second year on the broadcast network with coverage expanded to all 12 games on the schedule. WGSO serves the Northshore, as well as the city of New Orleans.

"With all of the excitement with the arrival of Coach Hudspeth and the strides being made in athletics under the leadership of President Savoie and Scott Farmer, we thought the timing was perfect to add stations to the network," Regional Vice President for Townsquare Media/Louisiana Mike Grimsley stated.

The addition of KTUX (99X) provides not only reach into northwest Louisiana, but also covers southwest Arkansas and the Longview/Marshall/Carthage area of Texas.

"We really appreciate Mike Grimsley's efforts in making this a reality," Farmer added. "These markets are so very important to us, and we look forward to adding more markets in the future so everyone in Louisiana will be able to hear Ragin' Cajuns football."


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