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Dan Dickerson, Jim Price and Ernie Harwell

The Tigers recently announced a three year deal that will keep Tiger games on AM1270.  In addition, games will be broadcast on FM97.1.  Not happy with the area of their coverage, the team is hoping that with the foray into FM that more listeners will be able to tune in.  There was speculation that the games would pulled from AM1270 and put onto FM97.1 but it looks like they wanted to continue with the AM station because of it’s sports content to help promote the team.  The move to FM has become a trend in the last couple of years that other teams are following.

In addition, Dan Dickerson and Jim Price are coming back.  i really enjoy listening to the duo and am glad they’ll be back.  Plus, I feel they’re owed something because of what they had to go through in 2003.  2006 for them was a just reward but I like the flow of the broadcast and I’d still much rather listen to the game on the radio then watch in on TV.

In other broadcasting news, I had a rare treat this week.  To help him promote his new audiobook, I had a chance to interview Ernie Harwell for the Hardball Times.  If I had to put together a list of five people I’d want to sit down and have a conversation with about baseball, Ernie Harwell would top the list so it was definitely something that I truly enjoyed.  Mr. Harwell was very helpful and you can check out the interview on Wednesday.  And if you haven’t checked out the audiobook, it’s awesome.  It’s four hours and I’ve listened to it twice.

I wish all the sports teams would switch their broadcasts to FM affiliates. I know the FM stations aren’t sports oriented, but their signal quality is not good at all. I find that I’m luckly to get the stations in with only a minimal amount of static. Our teams and fans deserve better. Especially, now that we have championship caliber teams in our city. They deserve better quality radio. How unfair is it that the only professional team that is broadcasted on a FM station is the Lions. I think the Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers deserve at least as much as the Lions.

Posted by Ryan on January 12th, 2007 at 12:03 pm

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