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Viva Medias B's
03-31-2011, 09:13 AM
With today's first real game at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals officially return to KMOX-AM (1120) (http://www.kmox.com) today (even though KMOX really started broadcasting games in spring training, of course). This is the first time in a long time that both our White Sox and the Cardinals can be heard on big 50,000-watt blowtorches. As we know, the White Sox wisely opted to remain with WSCR-AM (670) (http://670thescore.com). Of course, the Cubs remain on 50,000-watt blowtorch WGN-AM (720) (http://www.wgnam.com).

Link (http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/schedule/radio_affiliates.jsp) to White Sox Radio Network
Link (http://mlb.mlb.com/stl/schedule/tv_radio_affiliates.jsp) to Cardinals Radio Network
Link (http://www.tribuneradio.com/cubsaffilliates.htm) to Cubs Radio Network

We have a rather healthy number of stations on our network, 22. Of course, some of those 22 are really AM and FM stations in the same city. Most of our affiliates are in Illinois, but we also have three in Indiana, two in Iowa, and one in Missouri. Oddly, we do not have an affiliate in our state capital of Springfield like the Cardinals and Cubs do. And our station in Champaign is WBCP-AM (1580) (http://www.wbcp1580.com/index2.html). Of course, we may have had a chance to move from WBCP to mightly WDWS in Champaign. However...

...notice that longtime Cardinals affiliate WDWS-AM (1400) (http://wdws.com/) in Champaign is not a Cardinals affiliate anymore. WDWS is the big station in East Central Illinois and is the flagship for Illini athletics. A pair of FM talk stations (really two stations in one) started up to compete with WDWS, WSJK-FM (93.5) and WJEK-FM (95.3) (http://www.myconnectfm.com/index.php), are now the outlets for Cardinal baseball. WDWS is now a Cubs Radio Network affiliate as a result of this. Of course, you can usually pick up all three teams in Champaign from their big city flagships because WSCR, KMOX, and WGN can usually be heard in East Central Illinois day and night.

BeeBeeRichard
03-31-2011, 09:58 AM
Anyone know why we have an affiliate in Marshfield, MO, deep in Cardinals country on Interstate 44?

I understand that the radio networks can overlap, but this outlet would seem to be a) worthless from a local interest standpoint and/or b) against some kind of rule based on broadcast rights areas (similar to the TV rights issues that confound viewers in certain parts of the Midwest).

Fenway
03-31-2011, 11:12 AM
Radio networks are a lot looser with rules than on TV.

Yankees are on a Tampa station and have several outlets in New England - the Red Sox are on a Greenwich, CT station that covers NYC.

Lip Man 1
03-31-2011, 11:42 AM
Things have changed a lot over time. At one time the Sox had one of the largest radio network in MLB with stations spaning the Midwest and even having a station in places in Jackson, Mississippi and of course Sarasota.

Lip

Fenway
03-31-2011, 12:03 PM
The Red Sox have some strange locations in their network - Colorado and Wyoming :scratch:

http://www.weei.com/weei/shows-schedules/red-sox-radio-network


The Yankees have some strange ones too Arkansas and Alaska ( along with Vegas )

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Yankees_Radio_Network

The Orioles are back on WBAL 1090 clear channel after a bad experience on FM.

The Pirates want back on KDKA but the station has said talk to us when you finish over 500 again so it might be awhile.

Viva Medias B's
03-31-2011, 01:40 PM
I wonder what team has the most affiliates in its radio network and what team has the fewest. I remember the Cardinal Radio Network had even more affiliates in the '50s than they do now. That radio network was so vast really for the purpose of selling Budweiser. Since Gussie Busch owned the Cardinals and ran A-B, he obviously put Bud commercials on the broadcast not to mention having Harry Caray and Jack Buck promote Bud.

Fenway
03-31-2011, 01:47 PM
Tampa Bay has but 14 stations

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay_Rays_Radio_Network

Phillies have 21 stations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Phillies_Radio_Network

Viva Medias B's
03-31-2011, 05:36 PM
Marlins have 7 stations. Braves have 139.

Fenway
03-31-2011, 06:03 PM
Oakland has 12 :?:

Giants not much better

http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/schedule/affiliates.jsp

http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/schedule/radioaffiliates.jsp

But the Giants are on KNBR 680 which can be heard in St Louis

A's flagship is weak

Even the Dodgers network is weak but have a station in downstate Illinois
http://search.qip.ru/search?from=FF&query=dodgers+radio+network

DSpivack
03-31-2011, 07:27 PM
Oakland has 12 :?:

Giants not much better

http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/schedule/affiliates.jsp

http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/schedule/radioaffiliates.jsp

But the Giants are on KNBR 680 which can be heard in St Louis

A's flagship is weak

Even the Dodgers network is weak but have a station in downstate Illinois
http://search.qip.ru/search?from=FF&query=dodgers+radio+network

I'm surprised that neither the Giants nor the A's don't have more stations in the Central Valley & Northern California.

Viva Medias B's
03-31-2011, 07:56 PM
Oakland has 12 :?:

Giants not much better

http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/schedule/affiliates.jsp

http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/schedule/radioaffiliates.jsp

But the Giants are on KNBR 680 which can be heard in St Louis

A's flagship is weak

Even the Dodgers network is weak but have a station in downstate Illinois
http://search.qip.ru/search?from=FF&query=dodgers+radio+network

Now why would a Downstate station carry Dodger baseball? That part of Illinois is big time Cardinal country.

Bump34
03-31-2011, 08:33 PM
Tampa Bay has but 14 stations

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay_Rays_Radio_Network

Phillies have 21 stations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Phillies_Radio_Network

Actually I think we are now closer to 18-20 affiliates... including Hazelton, PA the home of manager Joe Maddon...

But then again... if it was on Wikipedia it must be true...

Viva Medias B's
03-31-2011, 09:25 PM
Tampa Bay has but 14 stations

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay_Rays_Radio_Network

Phillies have 21 stations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Phillies_Radio_Network

Actually I think we are now closer to 18-20 affiliates... including Hazelton, PA the home of manager Joe Maddon...

But then again... if it was on Wikipedia it must be true...

Looks like 17 (http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/tb/fan_forum/radio.jsp) for the Rays, and the Braves (http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/schedule/affiliates.jsp#florida) have the largest network that includes a station in Orlando. Also, let me correct myself on the number of Marlins affiliates which is actually 10 (http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/fla/schedule/fmrn.jsp).

South Side Irish
03-31-2011, 10:01 PM
I had no idea that the Cards were back on KMOX. Great news! Used to love listening to them - even out in Carolina - but the new station was terrible. No signal up here, save for maybe some clear random night.

Viva Medias B's
03-31-2011, 10:06 PM
I've started researching the number of affiliates each team has, and one early finding I found is the AL Central:
Twins: 83
Royals: 80
Tigers: 30
Indians: 29
White Sox: 22
AL East:
Red Sox: 70
Yankees: 52*
Orioles: 43
Blue Jays: 20
Rays: 17
AL West:
Rangers: 41
Mariners: 30
Athletics: 13
Angels: 11
NL East:
Braves: 134
Phillies: 21
Nationals: 13
Marlins: 10
Mets: 3*
NL Central:
Cardinals: 114
Reds: 80
Cubs: 46
Pirates: 39
Brewers: 37
Astros: 32
NL West:
Dodgers: 23
Diamondbacks: 18
Giants: 11
Padres: 3*
*Information not provided by team's mlb.com site.

The White Sox rank 19th of 30 MLB teams in number of affiliates.