01/05/2009 1:08 PM ET
A's games to be broadcast on KTRB Radio 860 AM
Club reaches one-year agreement with San Francisco-based station
OAKLAND -- 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 A's Radio Network for the upcoming 2009 season.
KTRB, a San Francisco-based station featuring a daily talk format, will broadcast all 162 regular season games, plus 17 Spring Training games. The station'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.
"We are delighted to join KTRB in this broadcast partnership," said Ken Pries, A's Vice President of Broadcasting & Communications. "Their powerful 50,000-watt signal will provide our fans with a clear and consistent broadcast throughout the Bay Area."
"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," said Jim P. Pappas, KTRB AM 860's vice president and general manager. "Both 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."
One of the oldest radio stations on the West Coast, KTRB 860 AM served Modesto and the surrounding area for 73 years before moving to San Francisco on Feb. 1, 2007. The station is owned and operated by Pappas Radio of California, LP, an affiliate of Pappas Telecasting Companies, America's largest privately held television broadcast company in terms of household coverage.
Beyond the Feb. 28 debut broadcast, KTRB will also air all three games of the Bay Bridge preseason series with the San Francisco Giants from April 2-4.
The Athletics' 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 postgame host Robert Buan. Korach enters his 14th season in the A's radio booth -- his fourth as the club's lead play-by-play voice -- while Cotroneo begins his fourth year of Oakland play-by-play, as well as host of the A's pregame show. Fosse, former Major League All-Star catcher and dean of A's broadcasters, celebrates his 24th season with the Athletics' radio team, providing in-game analysis and a daily interview segment for the pregame show. Buan returns for his 10th campaign as host of "Extra Innings," the A's postgame show, and his 15th season in the team's front office.
During the regular season, KTRB broadcasts will begin 50 minutes before first pitch with an extended pregame show hosted by Cotroneo. Each pregame show includes "The Bob Geren Show" -- Korach's daily visit with the A's manager -- and "The A's Warm-Up," an interview segment hosted by Fosse. The "Extra Innings with Robert Buan" postgame talk show features interviews, clubhouse reaction and listener phone calls.