The Oakland Athletics and KTRB Radio 860 AM have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the station to serve as flagship of the Aâ€™s Radio Network for the upcoming 2009 season.
Financial terms were not released.
KTRB, a San Francisco-based station featuring a daily talk format, will broadcast all 162 regular season games, plus 17 Spring Training games. The stationâ€™s first broadcast is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28 when Oakland hosts the Cleveland Indians in a 1 p.m. (noon PST) exhibition game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
â€śWe are delighted to join KTRB in this broadcast partnership,â€ť said Ken Pries, Aâ€™s Vice President of Broadcasting & Communications. â€śTheir powerful 50,000-watt signal will provide our fans with a clear and consistent broadcast throughout the Bay Area.â€ť
"As the Bay Area's newest radio station, we are very proud to be the new flagship radio station for the Oakland A's and the Oakland A's Radio Network,â€ť said Jim P. Pappas, KTRB AM 860â€™s vice president and general manager. â€śBoth of our organizations have a long tradition of service to the Bay Area and to Northern California . This new relationship will mark a major step forward for both the A's and KTRB AM 860 in 2009."
Beyond the Feb. 28 debut broadcast, KTRB will also air all three games of the Bay Bridge preseason series with the San Francisco Giants April 2-4.
The Athleticsâ€™ radio broadcast team returns intact for the 2009 season, featuring play-by-play announcers Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo, as well as Ray Fosse, who joins the booth as an expert analyst for non-televised games, and post-game host Robert Buan. Korach enters his 14th season in the Aâ€™s radio booth, his fourth as the clubâ€™s lead play-by-play voice, while Cotroneo begins his fourth year of Oakland play-by-play, as well as host of the Aâ€™s pre-game show. Fosse, former major league all-star catcher and dean of Aâ€™s broadcasters, celebrates his 24th season with the Athleticsâ€™ radio team, providing in-game analysis and a daily interview segment for the pre-game show. Buan returns for his 10th campaign as host of â€śExtra Innings,â€ť the Aâ€™s post-game show, and his 15th season in the teamâ€™s front office.
During the regular season, KTRB broadcasts will begin 50 minutes before first pitch with an extended pre-game show hosted by Cotroneo. Each pre-game show includes â€śThe Bob Geren Showâ€ťâ€”Korachâ€™s daily visit with the Aâ€™s managerâ€”and â€śThe Aâ€™s Warm-Up,â€ť an interview segment hosted by Fosse. The â€śExtra Innings with Robert Buanâ€ť post-game talk show features interviews, clubhouse reaction and listener phone calls.
Source: Oakland Athletics
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