Information in this article was re-published directly from the Oakland organization's press statements.
The Oakland Athletics and Sacramento’s CBS Sports Radio 1140 have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract to broadcast regular season games as part of the A’s Radio Network, beginning this upcoming 2013 season.
Owned and operated by CBS RADIO, the 50,000-watt, all-sports station will also broadcast 10 exhibition games this spring, starting with the Feb. 23rd A’s/Brewer Game in Arizona.
“We are extremely excited to welcome CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM to the A’s Radio Network,” said Ken Pries, the A’s vice president of broadcasting and communications. “Beyond serving a major market like Sacramento, their 50,000-watt coverage will reach hundreds of thousands of A’s fans in the Central Valley.”
”Sports fans in Northern California are passionate about major league baseball,” said Steve Cottingim, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS RADIO Sacramento. “We are pleased to be broadcasting all 162 regular season Oakland A’s games on CBS Sports Radio 1140 led by Ken Korach who begins his eighth year as the team’s lead play-by-play voice.”
CBS Sports Radio 1140’s coverage reaches as far north as Red Bluff and as far south as Merced, while also providing a clear signal to eastern Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
In addition, the Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday that they have reached a one-year agreement to broadcast 69 weeknight and weekend home games in Spanish on radio station KIQI (1010 AM, San Francisco) and the team’s in-state radio network during the 2013 season. The broadcast schedule kicks off with Bay Bridge Series exhibition game against the Giants Saturday, March 30, followed by 68 regular-season games.
The radio network will consist of KATD 990 AM (Sacramento), KWRU 1300 AM (Fresno) and KEJY 790 AM (Eureka). The club also announced that veteran play-by-play man Amaury Pi-González and color analyst Manolo Hernández-Douen will again serve as the broadcasting team for all games aired in Spanish.
Pi-González, a pioneer in establishing Spanish baseball radio play-by-play in the Bay Area, enters his 36th season in Major League Baseball. He began his career in 1977 with the Athletics, and has also broadcast for the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels. He has called the 1988, 1989 and 1990 World Series for the A’s and the 2002 Series for the Giants. Pi-González is an elected member of the Cuban Sports Hall of Fame, the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Hall of Fame and the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame,
Hernández-Douen, a long-time sportswriter, begins his fourth season as an A’s analyst. He boasts more than 41 years of experience in journalism, and has covered a variety of sports during that span. The Caracas, Venezuela native has reported on Olympic and Pan American Games, world championship boxing matches and winter league baseball, including the Carribean World Series. Since moving to California in 1982, Hernández-Douen has covered the NBA and MLB for several of the highest circulation newspapers in the United States, including La Opinión in Los Angeles.