10/12/2011 2:02 PM ET
Pirates and CBS Radio's KDKA-FM announce multi-year broadcasting agreement
Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan to become new Pirates flagship radio station
The Pittsburgh Pirates and CBS RADIO's KDKA-FM, Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan announced today they have entered
into a multi-year broadcast agreement beginning with the 2012 season.
The partnership calls for KDKA-FM, the only station in Pittsburgh to feature 24/7 local sports programming, to
become the team's new flagship radio station producing and broadcasting all Pirates regular and post-season games
and a minimum of 16 Spring Training games each season.
"We are extremely excited to announce our new strategic partnership with CBS RADIO's KDKA-FM and to be back
home with the CBS RADIO family, which had been synonymous with Pirates baseball for more than 80 years," said
Frank Coonelly, Pirates President. "The partnership allows us to move our flagship station to 93-7 THE FAN, an all sports
station with non-stop local programming. It also allows us to maintain the same high-quality broadcasts and reach
that our fans have been accustomed to."
"There is a long and rich history of Pirates baseball on KDKA Radio and we are confident that these two Pittsburgh
icons will provide fans with more opportunities to connect with Pirates baseball than ever before," added Coonelly.
In addition to the game broadcasts, Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan will broadcast extensive pre- and post-game shows
for all 162 regular-season games, as well as the "Neal Huntington Show" prior to Sunday Pirates games. Outside of
game-day action, Pirates flagship station Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan along with CBS RADIO stations NewsRadio 1020
KDKA, WBZZ-FM Star 100-7, and WDSY-FM Y108 will provide baseball fans with a full array of Pirates programs, promotions
"CBS RADIO Pittsburgh is very pleased and proud to present Pirates games on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan, as well as
utilize our three other local stations to bring the experience of Pirates baseball to area fans," said Michael Young, CBS
RADIO Pittsburgh Senior Vice President and Market Manager. "In our short history, KDKA-FM has taken a leadership
position in the sports radio category, and with this move we've further strengthened our local programming line-up
and commitment to being the voice of Pittsburgh sports."
Pirates broadcasters Greg Brown, Tim Neverett, Steve Blass, Bob Walk and John Wehner will continue to call the game
action, and will also be heard as regular guests on CBS RADIO's Pittsburgh stations. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game
broadcasts will continue to be aired on the Pirates Radio Network, which is owned by the team. The network consists
of 38 radio station affiliates across four states, and ensures that fans throughout the region will have the ability
to listen to the team's radio broadcasts.
About CBS RADIO Pittsburgh
CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, owns and operates KDKA-FM (Sportsradio
93-7 The Fan), KDKA-AM (Newsradio 1020 KDKA), WBZZ-FM (100.7-FM) and WDSY-FM (107.9 FM) in Pittsburgh.
A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation's top