01/27/2009 3:04 PM ET
Athletics, Ken Korach reach new 2-Year Agreement
"Voice of the A's" now under contract through 2011 Season
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a new two-year contract with Ken Korach, the team's lead radio play-by-play voice on KTRB 860 AM and the entire A's Radio Network. The new deal extends through the 2011 season.
Korach, long regarded as one of the most respected and prepared broadcasters in baseball, begins his 14th season in the A's radio booth and his fourth year as Oakland's lead play-by-play announcer in 2009.
"We are pleased to finalize this new agreement with Ken, as we consider him a tremendous asset to our organization," said Ken Pries, the A's vice president of broadcasting and communications. "When it comes to providing game description and special insights, Bay Area sports fans will tell you that Ken has few peers. He's a pro's pro, and we feel fortunate that our relationship with Ken will continue for at least the next three years."
"I am thrilled to continue with the A's," said Korach. "It means so much that the club has shown this kind of confidence in me. I consider it an honor to call their games, considering the Athletics have such a storied history with broadcasters, including some of the all-time greats like Bill (King) and Lon (Simmons)."
Prior to joining the A's in 1996, Korach served as a member of the Chicago White Sox broadcasting crew from 1992-95. During the same period, he handled broadcasting duties for the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League and served as the Stars lead play-by-play voice from 1989-91.
In addition to his baseball work, Korach has 22 years of experience broadcasting college basketball and 14 years of college football experience.
Korach has also taken an active role in the community, initiating "Korach's Winning for the Community" program last year, which raised more than $27,000 for Oakland Athletic League high school baseball programs to fund equipment, uniforms and field maintenance in its first year. Korach personally donated $7,500 of the total, while the A's matched his donation and local businesses and individuals provided the remaining contribution.