New York Jets and Radio WADO (1280 AM) Announce Partnership to Broadcast Games in Spanish
Jul 15, 2004
New York – The New York Jets and Radio WADO 1280, the leading Spanish language AM station, today announced a partnership in which WADO will serve as the official Hispanic play-by-play station of the Jets. Under the new partnership, the Jets and WADO will also implement a series of initiatives in the Hispanic community. Veteran Spanish radio personality Clemson L. Smith Muniz will broadcast the games from the Meadowlands.
This marks the sixth season of Jets’ games in Spanish and second on WADO. As part of their Hispanic community outreach, the Jets and WADO will kickoff “Futbol Fiesta” this fall, which will include a bilingual football clinic at the team’s training complex and in New Jersey at the Meadowlands. The Jets and WADO will also host the “Futbol Fiesta Finale,” featuring a musical performance by a Latino artist in New York City.
New York Jets President Jay Cross was joined on the steps of City Hall by Univision Radio-NY Sales Manager Rick Hernandez and several public officials, including Assemblyman Jose Rivera, Bronx Democratic Chairman; Assemblyman Peter Rivera, Chairman of the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force; Bronx Assemblyman Luis Diaz; Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz; and Queens Assemblyman Jose Peralta. The Jets were also joined by Clemson L. Smith Muniz and Olympic boxing champion Jose Torres (1956 Silver).
Jets President Jay Cross said, “The Jets remain committed to our Hispanic fans. Through our partnership with WADO, we will continue to reach out to the Hispanic Community with our game broadcasts, and innovative programs and events.”
Cross continued, “We are also excited about the progress we continue to make toward realizing the New York Sports and Convention Center. The NYSCC will create a unique opportunity to help secure the long term economic future of New York City and to create equity through opportunity. We are pleased to have the support of so many public officials in the Hispanic community, who recognize the benefits this project will create for all New Yorkers.”
“WADO is truly excited to become the official Hispanic radio play-by-play station of the New York Jets,” said Hernandez. This direct partnership will provide our listeners with more than just live play-by-plays – it will give them the opportunity to actively participate in a series of community outreach events such as football clinics, concerts and more.”
Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera said, "The Hispanic community has waited a long time for this type of partnership to form. I applaud both WADO and the Jets for working together to enrich our community through sports and entertainment. I am also here today to endorse the proposed New York Sports and Convention Center. For New York City, it means we can finally host the biggest conventions and sports events -- the Final Four, World Cup Soccer, the Super Bowl - and maybe even the Olympics.”
Queens Assemblyman Jose Peralta said, “This is an historic moment for WADO and the New York Jets. We expect the Jets to become a neighbor who does more than build a stadium but who becomes an integral part of our community. Today’s announcement is a good indication of the type of neighbor we can expect the Jets to be.”
"New York City's greatness has been built with the perpetual motion of hard work inspired by larger than life goals that have been accomplished,” added Rivera. “The idea behind the new Jets stadium will mean employment opportunities for thousands in our communities. It means developing an area of our City long since abandoned and neglected. It means moving our City into the future with state-of-the-art sports and convention facilities that are fitting to the greatest metropolis in the world. This is an opportunity for New Yorkers to embrace the type of creative energy that will continue to make our City a hub of economic activity needed to maintain our fiscal stability."
The Hispanic community is the fastest growing demographic in the United States and in particular in New York City which is home to more than four million Hispanics. It is also one of the fastest growing fan bases for football. The Jets are committed to creating programs that address our current Hispanic fan base, and increase involvement in the game of football.