By Jim Williams
Special to S.F. Examiner
By now, most Oakland A’s fans are aware that there was a bit of some offseason drama on the flagship radio side of things. After an eight-year deal with 95.7 FM The Game, the team decided to go in another direction, and can now can be heard on their new home, KTRB 860 AM.
The broadcast crew, though, remains the same: Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo return for their 24th and 14th seasons, respectively.
The A’s also looked to make games a bit easier to hear throughout the region, adding KHTK 1140 AM Sacramento and broadcasts on the free TuneIn radio app, which includes replays and team-releated podcasts, giving the team the largest coverage area they have ever had.
Frankly, since I use my phone for all my music and other entertainment outside the home, listening to the games on TuneIn makes a great deal of sense and with KTRB covering the Bay area and KHTK expanding the reach to Sacramento, the A’s goal of reaching their fan base should be more than covered.
Meanwhile, on the television side of things, 147 regular season telecasts have been slated to air on NBC Sports California. Back in the booth will be the Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Glen Kuiper (play-by-play) and Ray Fosse (color analyst) with former A’s pitcher Dallas Braden adding his field-level perspective as the third analyst. Joining the gang for select games will be Kara Tsuboi.
A’s Pre and Post Game Live is back again this season with host Brodie Brazil joined by former A’s players Dallas, Braden, Dave Stewart, Bip Roberts and Shooty Babitt for analysis. The team will do the show live from the Coliseum.
“We are all local guys who love talking baseball and the A’s so when the fans are around, they bring a wonderful energy to the broadcasts,” Brazil said. “We did 30 live shows from home games last year, and since we are doing some rebuilding of our studios we might be out at the park a lot more this season and that is fine with me.”
As for how good the A’s can be in 2019? “Look, we all had a feeling at the end of 2017 that we were going to have a special team in 2018 and we did. But going into this season we know we have a good team and, yes, Houston is favored as they should be, but this A’s team has the talent and the will to want to win the division and that is all you can ask of a club. So, our expectations are that we will be watching some fun games this season and hopefully into October.”
On the Spanish radio side of things KIQI (1010 AM, San Francisco is the team’s Flagship station along with KATD 990 AM, Pittsburg.) The team will air 72 games with Amaury Pi-González, starting his 26th season with the A’s and his partner in the booth will be Manolo Hernández-Douen, who mark his 11th season as an A’s analyst.