02/15/2006 11:34 AM ET
Cardinals radio network strongest in team history
Flagship station KTRS to broadcast 17 Spring Training games beginning March 4
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals today introduced the 2006 starting lineup of radio stations that will comprise the Cardinals Radio Network, giving the team and its fans throughout the Midwest the most comprehensive network of stations in team history.
Led by the Cardinals' new flagship station, 550 KTRS, 115 affiliate radio stations in nine states will deliver Cardinals baseball action described by the new broadcast team of Mike Shannon and John Rooney. The first spring training broadcast will be Saturday, March 4, when the Cardinals play the Florida Marlins in Grapefruit League action at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
Following the initial broadcast on March 4, KTRS will broadcast 16 more spring training games - all games on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as a Friday game on March 31 vs. the New York Mets - with many members of the Cardinals Radio Network also picking up the exhibition games. The 2006 season will mark the first season in many years that the Tuesday-Thursday spring training broadcasts will be aired live in St. Louis by the Cardinals' flagship radio station.
To ensure the broadest reach in Cardinals Radio Network history, the Cardinals and KTRS today announced that 12 stations in new network markets were added to the family of radio affiliates, and seven new stations with stronger signals will replace former stations in existing network markets. Meanwhile, 96 radio stations are returning to the network fold, which reaches nine Midwestern states - Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
"We pledged to Cardinals fans the very best possible radio network in baseball when we entered into our partnership with KTRS, and today's announcement is proof of that commitment," said Cardinals President Mark Lamping. "We will continue to explore broadening the network and look forward to introducing the team of Mike Shannon and John Rooney to our fans and listeners in the coming weeks."
Among the new radio stations in new Illinois network markets are WSMI FM - 106.1 and WSMI AM - 1540 in Litchfield, and WIBV FM - 102.1 in Centralia. New Missouri markets and radio stations are KWMO AM - 1350 in Washington, KJFM FM - 102.1 in Louisiana; and KBDZ FM - 93.1 in Perryville. New radio stations serving new markets elsewhere include KPSZ AM - 940 in Des Moines, Iowa; KYEL FM - 105.5. in Danville, Ark.; WOKZ FM - 105.9 in Fairfield, Ill.; WXLT FM - 103.5 in Marion, Ill.; KKBZ FM - 99.3 in Shenandoah, Iowa; and WGKY FM - 95.9 in Wickliffe, Ky.
The Cardinals Radio Network was also strengthened in the offseason by the addition of seven stations with stronger signals in existing network markets, with five in Missouri: KYRX FM - 97.3 in Cape Girardeau, KATI FM - 94.3 in Jefferson City, KZRG AM - 1310 in Joplin, KDBB FM - 104.3 in Park Hills, and KPPL - 92.5 in Poplar Bluff. Also in that mix are WSEY FM - 95.7 in Dixon, Ill., and WREZ FM - 105.5 in Paducah, Ky.
"KTRS and the Cardinals Radio Network together will establish a new, high standard of quality in baseball broadcasting," said Tim Dorsey, president and GM of KTRS. "Baseball is a radio sport and Cardinals fans are passionate about their team. We have a responsibility to deliver for them, and we will."
Fans can access the complete Cardinals Radio Network affiliate list on www.stlcardinals.com.
KTRS SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE
|Day ||Date ||Opponent || Start|
|Saturday ||March 4||at Florida ||12:05 p.m. (CST)|
|Sunday ||March 5 || vs. Florida || 12:05 p.m. (CST)|
|Tuesday ||March 7 ||vs. L.A. Dodgers ||12:05 p.m. (CST) |
|Thursday || March 9|| vs. Florida ||12:05 p.m. (CST)|
| Saturday|| March 11|| vs. Baltimore|| 12:05 p.m. (CST)|
| Sunday|| March 12||at Atlanta ||12:05 p.m. (CST) |
|Tuesday ||March 14 ||at New York Yankees ||12:15 p.m. (CST) |
| Thursday|| March 16||vs. Baltimore ||12:05 p.m. (CST) |
| Saturday||March 18 ||at Baltimore ||12:05 p.m. (CST) |
| Sunday||March 19 || vs. Atlanta||12:05 p.m. (CST) |
|Thursday || March 23|| at L.A. Dodgers|| 12:05 p.m. (CST)|
|Saturday ||March 25 || vs. L.A. Dodgers|| 12:05 p.m. (CST)|
| Sunday||March 26 ||at Florida|| 12:05 p.m. (CST)|
| Tuesday ||March 28 || at Baltimore ||12:05 p.m. (CST) |
|Thursday || March 30||at New York Mets ||12:10 p.m. (CST) |
| Friday ||March 31 || at New York Mets|| 12:10 p.m. (CST)|
| Saturday || April 1 || vs. New York Mets|| 11:05 a.m. (CST)|