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Texas Rangers weekday games moving to 105.3 The Fan (KRLD FM) for 200902/03/2009 12:57 PM ET
Arlington, TX - For the first time in history, Texas Rangers games will be heard on FM in 2009.
The Rangers and "Your Sports Station" 105.3 The Fan (KRLD FM) today announced a partnership whereby Dallas/Fort Worth's newest all-sports radio station will carry the team's regular season weekday games (Monday through Friday) in 2009. All Texas Rangers regular season games on Saturday and Sunday will continue to be carried by NewsRadio 1080 (KRLD AM), which had carried all of the team's games since 1995.
It was also announced that the Rangers' spring training radio broadcast schedule has been expanded to 18 games in 2009, 15 of which will be on 105.3 The Fan.
"The Rangers are very pleased to make this announcement, and we welcome 105.3 The Fan as our new weekday flagship station," commented team President Nolan Ryan. "The sound, quality, and strength of The Fan's FM signal will provide a new listening experience for our fans."
Ryan explained that it was important for the Rangers to make it easy for their fans to find the radio broadcasts.
"Because of the anticipation of some programming conflicts on 105.3 The Fan on the weekends, we decided to leave all of the Saturday and Sunday regular season games on NewsRadio 1080. That way our fans will know that weekday games will be on 105.3 FM, and weekend games can be heard on 1080 AM."
The Rangers are scheduled to play 110 weekday and 52 weekend games on their 2009 regular season schedule. It is possible that a handful of weekday games may be moved from 105.3 The Fan to NewsRadio 1080, and those changes will be announced and promoted well in advance.
Play-by-play coverage for both stations will be led by veteran Eric Nadel for his 31st season now in his 15th year as the lead voice of the Texas Rangers. Nadel is a four-time recipient of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award, and three-time winner of the Associated Press award for best play-by-play in Texas. Dave Barnett will be joining Nadel in his first season providing both play-by-play and color analysis on Rangers radio broadcasts. Barnett spent the last 13 years with ESPN, serving as a play-by-play voice for baseball, basketball, football, and golf telecasts.
In addition to play-by-play coverage, the duo will host pre and post game shows which will be broadcast thirty minutes prior to and immediately after the games. Following the post game program, Mike Ogulnick will host Rangers Replay talking live with listeners and providing clubhouse reaction.
Gavin Spittle, who serves as Program Director for both stations, said, "We've shared a tremendous relationship with the Rangers for many years and we're excited to grow it to an entirely new level. I can't wait to hear the crack of the bat on a 100,000 watt FM signal in addition to hearing it on such a heritage station like KRLD-AM 1080."
Senior Vice President and General Manager of 105.3 The Fan David Henry commented, "We are very excited about this partnership with such a great organization, and are looking forward to building 105.3 The Fan into the best sports radio station in DFW. We are very excited for the opportunity to make announcements like this and are looking forward to making many more in the near future and we intend to grow our brand even stronger throughout the next several months."
The Rangers spring training radio broadcast schedule increases from 12 to 18 games in 2009, beginning with Thursday, February 26 Cactus League opener against the Kansas City Royals in Surprise. The complete spring training schedule is listed below.
105.3 The FAN is anchored by the popular Jagger Show from 5:30AM -9:00AM, followed by Kevin Scott and Greg Hill from 9:00AM-12:00PM. KRLD-FM's afternoons are anchored by Newy Scruggs and Sean Salisbury from 12:00PM-3:00PM with The Ben and Skin Show along with Tim Cowlishaw on afternoons 3:00PM-7:00PM. Rounding out the day's lineup are Pete Stein and Mike Rodriguez from 7:00-10:00PM and FOX Sports programming beginning at 10:00PM. The Fan can be heard each day online at www.1053thefan.com.
105.3 The Fan (KRLD FM) is Your Sports Station with 100,000 watts of sports opinions. The Fan is the home of The Texas Rangers, Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR, the BCS Championship, the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl. KRLD-AM is the source for local news, talk and information in Dallas/Fort Worth and is the flagship of the Texas State Networks. TSN, the Texas State Networks, serves over 130 radio affiliates in two time zones with news, talk and sports programs. 105.3 The Fan, KRLD and TSN are owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.
2009 TEXAS RANGERS SPRING TRAINING RADIO SCHEDULE (All Times are Central)
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