The Philadelphia Eagles are excited to announce the introduction of the Eagles Spanish Radio Network. For the first time, fans can tune in to WTTM (1680 AM) in Philadelphia to hear every Eagles game broadcast in Spanish, beginning with tomorrow’s preseason opener against Pittsburgh. Many of the games will also be broadcast on WGPA (1100 AM) in Allentown. Rickie Ricardo will be doing the play-by-play and is joined by color men Felix DeJesus and Will Kulik. The Eagles are the 14th NFL team to have a Spanish broadcast.
Ricardo is also in his seventh season with the Philadelphia Phillies Spanish broadcast crew. He is a radio veteran of 33 years, with stints in New York, Miami, Washington DC and Music Choice television. DeJesus is a native New Yorker who is in his sixth season as one of the color commentators for the New York Yankees Spanish broadcast. Kulik is the president and founder of the Spanish Beisbol Network, which he created in 2001 and reaches over 22 million Hispanics with its roster of MLB team markets that includes Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Oakland, Texas, and Los Angeles.
|Eagles Spanish Radio Network|
|Philadelphia, PA||WTTM||1680 AM|
|Allentown, PA (Daytime games only)||WGPA||1100 AM|
Rickie Ricardo's career begins in March of 1980 when the 18 year old Cuban-American was discovered by New York radio legend Frankie Crocker while working at WOKB-AM in Orlando, Fla. Frankie brought Rickie to New York’s powerhouse WBLS-FM radio station and the legendary career took off like a rocket! Rickie Ricardo was the first bi-lingual Latino to breakthrough and succeed in the general market media world. Blending his native Spanish language with English, Rickie achieved top ratings and huge name recognition in the media capitol of the world. A combined 17 years on New York radio include stints at Hot 97 and Mega 97.9 where Rickie brought the Spanish language format to the attention of the American market. It was here where Rickie co-founded the renowned “Vacilon de la Manana” morning show with partner Luis Jimenez. Rickie also pioneered the young bi-lingual “Latin Rythmn” radio format at Mega 94.9 in Miami as host of the “Megaflo Morning Show”.
Each stop along his journey as an on air personality were ratings success stories. In 2000 Rickie graduated to the position of program director WJHM in Hartford, CT. There he led both an urban and Latino formatted radio station to ratings and revenue success. All this experience has led to his current position as Latin programming consultant for the national cable tv music network “Music Choice”. But deep down inside, sports, especially baseball was Rickie’s first and real passion. In 2005 he became the daily beat reporter covering the Florida Marlins for Clear Channel radio. Rickie was a trusted figure in the clubhouse where his language versatility became a major asset to the growing Latino community. In 2006 Rickie was sent to Philadelphia to start yet another Latino radio station and continued his association with baseball covering the Philadelphia Phillies. But Rickie’s heart was in the radio booth. The thought of combining his years of broadcast experience with his love and knowledge of the game was the natural next step. That’s where Bill Kulik, CEO of the Spanish Beisbol Network recognized the potential and put Rickie behind the baseball microphone.
It was a perfect fit from day one! Rickie’s articulate and entertaining style has impressed even the most seasoned of baseball voices. An expert in the history of baseball’s play by play and color masters, Rickie combines the professionalism of a Vin Scully, the charm of a Jon Miller and the voice to listener comfort level of a Harry Kalas. Combine this with an uncanny ability to recall trivia facts and statistics with his strong knowledge and respect for the game and you get what’s referred to as a real “baseball man”. All this in Spanish and English!
His years of experience in the Phillies Spanish radio booth include two postseasons of pressure packed games including the triumphant victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series. His international resume includes the 2008 Carribean Series in the Dominican Republic and recently the 2009 version in Mexicali, Mexico. In addition to his combined duties during the broadcasts, Rickie also handles the post game wrap up and out of town scores report after each game. His easy going, personable style has earned him the trust of even the biggest MLB stars and among the Latino players, he’s known as one of the few media members that can truly relate with the current culture and eliminate the language barrier so interviews are comfortable and without the risk of being misunderstood. A respected and admired member of the community, Rickie Ricardo serves as a shining example that the bridge between Spanish and English can be crossed at all levels with dignity and pride to unite us all.
Felix DeJesus, a native New Yorker enters his sixth season as one of the color commentators for the New York Yankees. Felix has been involved with the Hispanic Market since 1993 when he became the color commentator for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club. Felix graduated from Fordham University in 1988 with a B.A. in Economics and Communications. Felix has worked in all areas of broadcasting, TV, radio and the internet. He is currently a co-hosts of “El Mundo de Las Grandes Ligas” on MLB RADIO and writes for the Listin Diario in Dominican Republic. From 1998-2004 he covered Major League ball players on TV for XTRA Innings in New York; in 2002 he covered the Caribbean World Series for Radio Unica 1660 AM in New York; in 1999 he became the first announcer to broadcast in SAP for NBC News. He has worked for Fox Sports, ESPN International and CNN. A bi-lingual talent, Felix served as one of the play by play voices for the International broadcast of the 2007 and 2008 Caribbean Series. DeJesus has also served as the Spanish translator for the last six years for Showtime Championship boxing. Felix currently resides in the tri-state area with his wife Melissa and has two sons Christopher and Brendan and daughters Giselle and Melanie.
Mr. Kulik established the Spanish Béisbol Network (SBN) in the spring of 2001 and secured the broadcast rights for the Boston Red Sox games. In just a few short years, he grew the company from a start-up operation, obtaining the rights to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005, and Washington Nationals in 2008. Parlaying his interest in baseball into an extracurricular activity, Mr. Kulik had worked as a sports columnist for a local Hispanic newspaper. Mr. Kulik is bilingual and has served as on-air talent for SBN where listeners refer to him as "El Gringo Malo" and "The Professor" nicknames earned due to his assertive commentary style and extensive knowledge of the game. Bill has had the honor of doing the play-by-play for four World Series including the 2004 Red Sox and 2008 Phillies Championships.
Prior to establishing SBN, Mr. Kulik held several senior positions in the communications and cable industries. Following graduate school, he joined Trident Communications. He was instrumental in negotiating contracts with movie studios, and developing a $40-million pay-per-view hotel television business across New England.
Mr. Kulik also helped establish the New England Sports Network (NESN), overseeing the construction of communication towers. After growing Trident , which was sold in 1987 for a profit, he joined AT&T Broadband (today's Comcast), where he rose from Community Relations Manager to Director of Marketing. Mr. Kulik earned a B.A. in Marketing from Bryant College, and attended graduate school at Boston College.