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News Bites for February 2, 2015

To celebrate the end of the American football season with the playing of some championship game or other last night, today’s News Bites will focus heavily on when we can expect to see live Major League baseball games on our TV and radio boxes soon!

Radio, TV, web have Pirates’ spring covered. The Pirates’ Grapefruit League opener is on March 3 against Toronto will air on KDKA-FM, the first of 16 over-the-air radio broadcasts, with the remainder of the games casting on MLB.com.

2015 Yankees spring training schedule. Not a story but an actual schedule, showing that 15 Yankees spring games will air on their YES Network, beginning March 4 against the Phillies.

Washington Nationals Schedule >> Broadcast Information.  Seven Nats spring games will be telecast on MASN starting March 7.

6 Tigers spring training games will be on TV. The Tigers typically air few of their spring games on TV, and this year will be no exception, as Tigers loyalists will have to wait until March 22 to see their heroes take on the Braves.  At least fans can hear 22 games on radio split between 97.1 The Ticket and 1270AM.

BREWERS ANNOUNCE 2015 SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE.  The Brewers will air eleven spring games on Fox Sports Wisconsin and sixteen on WTMJ-AM 620, with most of the rest casting on Brewers.com.

Jaime Jarrin & Jorge Jarrin new Dodgers Spanish radio team.  The second most amazing thing in this story is that Jaime Jarrin is entering his 57th season as the Dodgers’ Spanish-language radio announcer.  The most amazing thing is that he is still not the longest-tenured broadcaster currently working for the team.

Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews’ new contract ties him to team through 50th season.  And speaking of broadcasting’s Half Century Club*, Denny Matthews will be joining it in the last year of his four-year extended deal with the Royals, which was announced at the team’s FanFest on Saturday night.

 

* – Not an actual club.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT … PART DEUX

As a follow-up to coming out of hibernation with yesterday’s In Case You Missed It post, which pointed to numerous feature and news articles of various stripes that have been published on the tubes since season’s end, Part Deux will focus on some of the local media moves and renewals that have occurred since then:

Dodgers buy a stake in KLAC (570-AM), renew radio broadcast rights: This can’t possibly go as badly as the SportsNet LA boondoggle, can it?

Don Orsillo Renewed by Red Sox for 2015: One of the sharpest knives in the play by play drawer.  Do BoSox fans know how lucky they are?

Texas Rangers Move Back To 105.3 The Fan: Moved from another local FM station located 2.0 down the dial.

Josh Lewin re-signs with WOR for Mets games: The curse of Harry Caray didn’t torpedo Josh’s career after all, did it?  A good talent who can also do PxP as well.

Jamie Moyer exits Phillies’ broadcast booth: Doesn’t it always sounds suspicious when someone says they’re leaving a job to “spend more time with [his] family”?  But considering the Moyer family lives in California, this time it’s probably true.

Cubs, WGN-Ch. 9 confirm 5-year deal and It’s official: WLS-Ch. 7 to air 25 Cubs games: This is a seemingly odd backwards move towards a network affiliate, but the last years leading up to the presumed dedicated Cubs cable network must march on, fractured though the situation may be.

White Sox’ Hawk Harrelson Won’t Cut Back On 2015 Schedule: Good news for White Sox fans, I presume?

John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman officially back in Yankees’ WFAN booth for 2015: And Yankees fans as well?

McCarver returns to Cards’ TV broadcasts: And Cardinals fans?  Yes?

Orioles return to CBS RADIO’s 105.7 The Fan