OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics and 106.9 FREE FM (KIFR) have agreed to terms on a three-year contract for the San Francisco-based, CBS-owned station to serve as the club's FM radio flagship through the 2009 season.
106.9 FREE FM will broadcast all 162 regular and all postseason games involving the Athletics, plus 15 Spring Training games. The 80,000-watt FM station's signal clearly reaches all nine Bay Area counties.
KYCY 1550 AM will also carry all A's games, making the A's the third team in Major League Baseball to utilize stations on both the FM and AM bands, following the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals.
"The addition of 106.9 FREE FM as a radio broadcast partner of the Oakland A's will provide our fans throughout the Bay Area with a clear and consistent signal in which to listen to our games," said Ken Pries, A's Vice President of Broadcasting & Communications. "We are pleased to have a presence on both bands."
106.9 FREE FM VP/General Manager Steve DiNardo commented "There are a lot of ingredients you can put together to win in radio ... the A's are at the top of that list. 106.9 FREE FM is very excited to add the Bay Area's most successful baseball team to our already talented lineup. We look forward to providing A's fans throughout the Bay Area with winning coverage of their favorite team."
KIFR-FM is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO owns 179 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation's top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates owns KLLC-FM (Alice @ 97.3), KCBS-AM, KFRC-FM, KITS (Live 105), KYCY-AM (KYOURadio), KPIX-TV and KBHK-TV in the Bay Area.
The Athletics radio broadcast team consists of play-by-play announcers Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo with the addition of Ray Fosse, who will serve as an analyst for non-televised games. Robert Buan also returns for his eighth season hosting the team's "Extra Innings" post-game talk show.
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