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UofA Starts Spanish Radio Network for Football Games

LITTLE ROCK, AR - There are no plans to translate "woo pig sooie" into Spanish.  But the University of Arkansas announced yesterday it would begin a Spanish radio network for its football season, offering six Fayetteville home games simulcast for the state's rapidly growing Hispanic population.

While soccer remains much of Latin America's true "futbol," officials say interest among Hispanics in northwest Arkansas has grown.  That's especially the case this year, since freshman kicker Alex Tejada has taken over as the Razorbacks' place kicker.  Tejada, a former high school soccer player, comes from nearby Springdale, home to many Hispanic immigrant families.

The games will be broadcast on AM stations in Fort Smith and Springdale.  Univision reporters Carlos Chicas and Jose Lopez will serve as the on-air talent.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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