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  • Yankees Radio: Shakeup?

    With the Current five-year $51 Million WCBS Radio contract set to expire at the end of this season, Boss George is wondering what to do next. He's considered walking away from WCBS and buying a smaller station. If this were to happen, the new station would no doubt have a much less powerful transmitter. This would be terrible news for somone like e who picks up WCBS at night crystal clear.

    Also, with the expiration of the contract, goes the duo of Sterling and Waldman. The Daily news speculates that the 2 would join the Yankees at their new home (should they accquire one) because they developed a following (myself included) and Yankee management, who have a big say in the matter, likes them too.

    Here's the link to the story:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...p-332944c.html
    Montreal Expos 1969 - 2004

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    You pick up 880 in Ontario? Wow! When I used to live in Boston, on cold and clear nights, I would occassionally be able to get 880, and was once able to get a Yankee game around Manchester, New Hampshiere.

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    • #3
      I've picked up 880 on a couple of occasions here in the Chicago area.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DoubleX
        You pick up 880 in Ontario? Wow! When I used to live in Boston, on cold and clear nights, I would occassionally be able to get 880, and was once able to get a Yankee game around Manchester, New Hampshiere.
        It comes in crystal clear at night. I can hear everything perfectly, from the crack of the bat to the buzz of the crowd.

        I remember listening to game 7 of the 2003 ALCS in bed late at night. I had to be up very early the next morning so I wanted to get to sleep early but game 7 was calling. As it went into the late innings I left the TV and got into bed and turned on my radio. As I listened Grady came out and left Pedro in the game and the the Red Sox collapsed in the 8th. I listened right on through until the 11th,when Boone hit his shot into left field. I've never heared John Sterling's voice so high. The usual booming baratone sounded like the lead singer of the Sufari's in 'Wipe Out!'.
        Montreal Expos 1969 - 2004

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ontarioguy
          It comes in crystal clear at night. I can hear everything perfectly, from the crack of the bat to the buzz of the crowd.

          I remember listening to game 7 of the 2003 ALCS in bed late at night. I had to be up very early the next morning so I wanted to get to sleep early but game 7 was calling. As it went into the late innings I left the TV and got into bed and turned on my radio. As I listened Grady came out and left Pedro in the game and the the Red Sox collapsed in the 8th. I listened right on through until the 11th,when Boone hit his shot into left field. I've never heared John Sterling's voice so high. The usual booming baratone sounded like the lead singer of the Sufari's in 'Wipe Out!'.
          Wow, that's really amazing (also reaching Chicago like Chisox said). Maybe there was a deliberate reason for preventing the signal from reaching Boston so clearly?

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          • #6
            Whatever happens, I hope Sterling and Waldman are kept on. I truly enjoy them as a broadcasting duo. S&W, yeah!:radio :radio
            Yankee Tunnel Vision!

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            • #7
              AM radio waves bounce off the ionosphere and under the right conditions can carry enormous distances. This is especially so for so-called "clear channel" stations with powerful transmitters. I once worked at a radio station in Hong Kong and after we went on the air, we we got letters from people who'd picked us up in Kazakhstan and Sweden. As a kid, I used to stay up late -- especially in winter, when the waves travel well -- and listen to WWVA from Wheeling, West Va., and another station out of New Orleans (I forget the call letters, maybe WLA?). Back to baseball: A lot of peope are listening on the Internet, not regular radios, and digital broadcasting and podcasting are also changing things. Big charges to pay for big transmitters to reach big audiences, etc., might no longer be the way.
              Last edited by sandlot; 02-24-2006, 01:47 AM.

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              • #8
                I've gotten WCBS in Maine at night.
                Cheering the Yanks from various parts of Asia

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                • #9
                  I've been able to pull in Indians and White Sox games on clear Summer nights so I wouldn't be surprised if WCBS could reach to upper New England and Canada.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Coal Cracker
                    I've been able to pull in Indians and White Sox games on clear Summer nights so I wouldn't be surprised if WCBS could reach to upper New England and Canada.
                    I've pulled in the Chisox on 1000Am and The Tribe on 1100AM out in rural Ontario.
                    Montreal Expos 1969 - 2004

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                    • #11
                      880 gets crappy reception in my apartment in Manhattan, how are people getting it in Chicago?

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                      • #12
                        If the Yanks did this, I'm thinking this would require lots of time being filled on the 20 other hours of a day in which Yankee games aren't being played. Also, there are 365 days in a year, not 162, so this definitely requires the filling of various time slots.

                        Since from 1pm-6:30pm ET, YES plays live, the popular "Mike and Mad Dog" from WFAN, then once you add in your own radio station, that could conflict. With YES TV and WFAN, they were two separate things, one being TV, the other being radio. Now I'm not too sure if they could still cover WFAN's Mike/Mad Dog show on YES.

                        Now how in the world will they fill in endless hours on their own radio show?

                        Previously, they'd had 770AM, I think, and since WCBS880AM is an otherwise all-news station, it's got a good broadcast antenna. As mentioned upthread, I doubt that George could do anything like this.

                        I'd just suggest re-signing with WCBS880AM. Setting up an entire radio station may take some time. Nice for the back burner, but could be very pricey in the end.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dasperp
                          880 gets crappy reception in my apartment in Manhattan, how are people getting it in Chicago?
                          It doesn't have as good reception as all-news 1010WINS, which, being near the top of the dial, has about the best radio AM reception. You've gotta remember, there are countless cell phones, satellite antennas, satellite radio and other things eating up the microwave wavelength in Manhattan. Compare that to a barren farm and you've got excellent reception.

                          In NJ, I can get many more stations as soon as I cross the Lincoln Tunnel.
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                          Rest very peacefully, John “Buck” O'Neil (1911-2006) & Philip Francis “Scooter” Rizzuto (1917-2007)
                          THE BROOKLYN DODGERS - 1890 thru 1957
                          Montreal Expos 1969 - 2004

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dasperp
                            880 gets crappy reception in my apartment in Manhattan, how are people getting it in Chicago?
                            On those rare occasions,the sky has to be totally clear,and you have to tune your radio just right.It's very hard from here since 50,000 watt WLS sits at 890 on the dial.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sandlot
                              AM radio waves bounce off the ionosphere and under the right can carry enormous distances. This is especially so for so-called "clear channel" stations with powerful transmitters. I once worked at a radio station in Hong Kong and after we went on the air, we we got letters from people who'd picked us up in Kazakhstan and Sweden. As a kid, I used to stay up late -- especially in winter, when the waves travel well -- and listen to WWVA from Wheeling, West Va., and another station out of New Orleans (I forget the call letters, maybe WLA?). Back to baseball: A lot of peope are listening on the Internet, not regular radios, and digital broadcasting and podcasting are also changing things. Big charges to pay for big transmitters to reach big audiences, etc. might no longer be the way.
                              Great explanation there sandlot.Even in the age of computers,satellite TV and whatnot,I still find joy in listening to an out of town broadcast the old fashioned way.:radio

                              Whether I get a signal from Cleveland,Pittsburgh,Cincinnati,Texas,Milwaukee(du ring the daytime),or some other locale,I still find it very satisfying.

                              I will however miss trying to get Cardinals games now since the Cards are no longer on KMOX.

                              BTW sandlot,the New Orleans station you were thinking of is WWL.

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