Oakland Athletics partner with KTRB 680 as radio flagship, announce TuneIn partnership

The Oakland Athletics have reached a deal with a terrestrial radio station, and have struck Major League Baseball’s first-ever partnership with a free straming service, the club announced on Friday.

Team president Dave Kaval promised such a solution at FanFest last month.

When the A’s announced that they had secured a new terrestrial radio flagship, that station — KTRB 680 — had just eight followers on Twitter.

The station — which hosts conservative talk show host Dennis Prager — hosted the A’s from 2009 through 2010, when the signal strength waned at night. Transmission towers, however, have moved, and the station has increased its nighttime wattage. KTRB will air every game, while an expanded partnership with KHTK-AM 1140 in Sacramento will also broadcast whatever games do not conflict with Sacramento Kings basketball.

The A’s have been without a home since the end of the season, when they parted ways acrimoniously with Cumulus-owned KGMZ 97.5 FM The Game. The way the move was announced — with a tweet that said “It’s not us, it’s you,” atop a video of radio i with the station’s call letters being wheeled out of what was presumably the Oakland Coliseum broadcast booth — was thought by observers to give the club a tougher time finding a new radio home.

The deal with KTRB 680 and KHTK-AM 1140 gives the A’s their largest coverage map in team history from Butte and Mendocino Counties in the north down to Fresno and Monterey in the south. The A’s also announced a deal with TuneIn, a 24/7 A’s live streaming channel which will air exclusive team content, including special programming and podcasts.

“Our new partnerships with KTRB 860, KHTK-AM 1140, and TuneIn significantly amplify our coverage and reach, ensuring that every Spring Training and regular season game will be available throughout Northern California,” said A’s COO Chris Giles in a statement.

Ken Korach will return for his 24th season with the A’s and his 14th as the team’s lead radio announcer, pairing with Vince Cotroneo, who will begin his 14th season with the Club. Ray Fosse will also make special appearances in the broadcast booth throughout the season. The team will debut expanded pre and postgame shows – A’s Total Access and A’s Clubhouse – hosted by former 95.7 KGMZ weeknight host Chris Townsend, who was hired on Feb. 6.

KIQI (1010 AM, San Francisco) and KATD (990 AM, Pittsburg) will serve as the club’s Spanish-language home, broadcasting 72 games. Amaury Pi-González, will return for his 26th season with the A’s and 36th season overall in MLB. González will be joined by Manolo Hernández-Douen, who will begin his 11th season as an A’s analyst.

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