Former UT great to join Rocket Football Radio Network team

August 29, 2017 | Athletics, News
By Paul Helgren

Former Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski will return to the Glass Bowl this season, this time as a color analyst for the Rocket Football Radio Network.

Gradkowski, who wore the Midnight Blue and Gold for the Rockets from 2001 to 2005, played 11 seasons in the NFL for Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Oakland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. He led the Rockets to the 2004 Mid-American Conference Championship and two bowl appearances. He earned first-team All-MAC honors as a senior in 2005, finishing his career with a 45-13 triumph over UTEP in the GMAC Bowl.

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski led the Rockets to the 2004 Mid-American Conference Championship.

“It’s exciting to officially be a part of the Rocket family again,” Gradkowski said. “This is where it all started for me and laid the foundation for an 11-year NFL career. I can’t thank [UT Vice President and Athletic Director] Mike O’Brien and UT President [Sharon L.] Gaber enough for all the support they have given me and my family over the years. Also, thanks to Head Coach Jason Candle for continuing to reach out to the alumni to keep them involved, and for the great job he has been doing. To the city of Toledo, thank you. That’s why we call this place home. Let’s go Rockets!”

Also new to the Rocket Football Radio Network this year will be Mike Robinson, who will handle sideline coverage. Robinson is a former head coach at Bowsher High School in Toledo, and also served as an assistant coach at Central Catholic High School in Toledo when the Fighting Irish won two state championships. More recently, Robinson has served as a color analyst for high school football games on BCSN.

Gradkowski and Robinson will join play-by-play announcer Brent Balbinot, who is in his second season as the voice of the Rockets.

“We are very pleased to have Bruce and Mike join our radio team,” said Mary-Bec Gwyn, general manager of Rocket Sports Properties, the rights holder for Rocket sports. “Bruce is one of the all-time Rocket greats, as well as a longtime NFL quarterback, so he will add tremendous insight into our broadcasts. Mike is a talented young announcer who knows our team well. We think fans will be thrilled with the radio coverage of the Rockets this season.”

The Rocket Football Radio Network consists of six stations throughout northern Ohio. The flagship station is WSPD (AM 1370) in Toledo, which will carry Rocket football for the 51st season this fall. The network also includes WMTR (FM 96.1) in Archbold; WOHF (FM 92.1) in Bellevue; WJMO (AM 1300) in Cleveland; WBVI (FM 96.7) in Fostoria; and WFGA (FM 106.7) in Hicksville.

The games also are streamed online at, the official website of Rocket Athletics.

Rocket Sports Properties (a property of Learfield) secured UT Medical Center as the naming sponsor beginning in 2009. The partnership provides UTMC rights to the radio network for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and coaches shows.

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