Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dodgers & IHeartMedia's AM 570 Los Angeles sign multi-year agreement

Dodgers  announce they have bought an ownership stake in their radio flagship station, AM 570. Hopefully this means more Dodgers talk and less Lakers talk!

From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers and iHeartMedia today announced a multi-year agreement renewing AM 570’s broadcast rights of the Dodgers regular season games, select Spring training games and potential post season games.  In addition, the new partnership will include an equity position in the station for the Dodgers owners as well as the opportunity for collaborative programming.

“We are looking forward to expanding KLAC’s content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base,” said Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten.  “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans engagement.  And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin, Rick and Charley.”

“We take great pride in delivering Dodgers programming to millions of fans on AM 570 and throughout the country via iHeartRadio,” said Greg Ashlock, President of iHeartMedia Southern California.   “The Dodgers are one of the strongest professional sports brands in the country and this ownership team, through actions on and off the field, has proven its commitment to even further strengthening its bond with the Southern California community.  We are excited to expand our partnership with continued focus on the game broadcast experience and jointly produced new local programming for the station.”

The agreement between the Los Angeles Dodgers and iHeartMedia is subject to Major League Baseball approval.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully recently announced he will return for his record 66th season in the booth.  Scully calls the first three innings on radio in the simulcasts.  Former Dodger outfielder Rick Monday is in his 22nd season as a Dodger broadcaster and is in his 30th season overall with the organization.  Four-time Emmy Award winner Charley Steiner is in his 10th season as play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers.  Monday and Steiner will return to the booth in 2015 as well.

In addition to the team of Vin, Rick and Charley, AM 570’s DodgerTalk show has also been a hit with fans as Kevin Kennedy, David Vassegh and Jorge Jarrin cover the team before and after each and every game.

The AM 570 signal covers all five counties in Los Angeles and the station will continue to provide game broadcasts and pre-and post-game shows to the entire Dodger Radio Network, which includes 22 stations across the state and country.

1 comment:

MarcoS. said...

Forget less Lakers talk, less NBA talk in general. Sadly sports radio is only concerned with TMZ like nonsense which attracts the lowest common denominator casual sports fan. NBA and football is full of garbage that attracts tabloids stories more so than actual Xs and Os content.

Baseball doesn't fit the model most sports talk radio stations want to follow, which is why this is such great news. Besides the Dodgers, hopefully they can just talk about baseball in general which gets little to no attention on sports radio.

The local sports media is so stubborn that LA is a basketball town. It's not! First of all it's a Lakers town (sorry Clippers bandwagon), and it's only a Lakers town when the Lakers are winning championships. Not so many out in the open Lakers fans now that they can't make the playoffs anymore. Almost 4 milllion Dodgers fans visting Chavez Ravine this year, and another 3 million plus visiting Angels stadium. This is very clearly a baseball town.