FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas women’s soccer broadcasts will be available in Spanish starting next weekend as the Lady Razorbacks host Alabama on Friday, Oct. 13.
Northwest Arkansas Spanish language broadcaster, La Tremenda, will provide play-by-play for the final four Lady Razorback home games. Located at 99.5 and 96.7 on the FM dial, La Tremenda sports director Carlos Chicas will handle the play-by-play. Jose Lopez and Miquel Serrato will join Chicas in the broadcast booth.
“I think this is wonderful news,” UA women’s soccer head coach Gordon Henderson said. “Soccer truly is the world’s game, and this gives us a chance to reach another segment of the community. Hopefully this will allow us to add to our Lady Razorback soccer fan base.”
The remaining four Lady’Back home soccer games will be covered in the agreement with La Tremenda.
"Estoy muy contento, I am excited," Chicas said. "In the Latino Community we breath, eat and dream about soccer, and we come from places where we listen to soccer matches over the radio. I hope that we (La Tremenda) can help to promote Lady Razorbacks sport and bring more Latinos not only as spectators, but also as players. We would like to become the Voice of the Lady Razorbacks in Spanish."
The Lady Razorbacks become the first team in the Southeastern Conference to offer Spanish language broadcasts for women’s sports, and are among the first in the nation to allow dual play-by-play broadcasts for college soccer.
“We’ve asked sports information offices across the country, and so far we have found only two otheruniversities that haveoffered a Spanish language broadcast for women’s soccer,” UA associate athletic director for communications Bill Smith said. “For this season, it appears that we will be one of two that we’ve learned about so far. There are a handful of Division I schools producing football, men’s basketball or baseball in Spanish, butonly onereported to our inquiries for women’s sports.”
A live audio stream of the La Tremenda broadcasts will be available at LADYBACKS.COM.
“Whether or not we’re first or the only, what’s important is that we have the chance to reach out to a large community that has a great appreciation of our sport,” Smith said.
Arkansas women’s soccer has a long history of broadcasting firsts from Lady’Back Field, including the first-ever telecast of a SEC soccer match, the first broadcasts of soccer play-by-play and the first full-season internet webcasts for women’s soccer.
The Lady’Backs currently broadcast away games in English on the University’s student radio station, KXUA, 88.3 FM, as a part of the Women’s Athletics Department’s overall radio package. All home soccer matches are webcast with audio and video.
For more information on Lady’Back soccer, log on to the official website for Arkansas women’s soccer, LADYBACKS.COM.