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01/05/09 2:22 PM EST

New station, same booth team for A's

Oakland agrees to terms on partnership with KTRB Radio 860 AM

OAKLAND -- A's fans in the Bay Area who have long been frustrated by the lack of a consistently clear radio signal got some great news on the first business day of the new year.

The A's announced Monday that they've agreed to terms with KTRB Radio 860 AM on a one-year contract for the station to serve as the flagship of the A's Radio Network for the 2009 season.

KTRB, a San Francisco-based station featuring a daily talk format, will broadcast all 162 regular-season games and 17 Spring Training games. The station's first broadcast is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, when Oakland hosts the Indians in a noon PT exhibition game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

"We are delighted to join KTRB in this broadcast partnership," said Ken Pries, Oakland's vice president of broadcasting and 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, Calif., 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 air all three games of the Bay Bridge preseason series with the Giants from April 2-4.

The A's 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 and host of the A's pregame show. Fosse, a former All-Star catcher and the dean of A's broadcasters, will celebrate his 24th season with the A's radio team by 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.

During the regular season, KTRB broadcasts will begin 50 minutes before the 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.

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.