Saturday, March 27, 2010

Casualties in loss of evening programming on XM MLB Home Plate to MLB Network tv

The following comment appeared after an Albany Times-Union account of MLB TV Network taking over evening programming on XM 175 Home Plate, Sirius 210:
  • " Pete,
  1. It’s Joe Castellano, former Saints pbp announcer. The MLB Network Radio eliminated my show! After 5 years, Sirius/XM let me go so they could simulcast a TV broadcast! Can you believe that? Awful!

    Comment by Joe Castellano — March 27th, 2010 @ 1:30 am

  2. @Joe: So sorry to hear that. Your show was a good listen for XM subscribers.

    I don’t understand this trend toward simulcasting TV shows. All is seems to accomplish for radio listeners is the punctuate the fact that you don’t have TV screens in your car. Anything to save a buck, I suppose.

    Comment by Pete Dougherty, Staff writer — March 27th, 2010 @ 8:51 am"

Albany Times-Union: "Major League Baseball is rebranding the MLB Home Plate channel on XM Radio as “MLB Network Radio.”
  • That’s all fine, but the sport’s marketing remains in the stone ages, as evidenced by the fact that it won’t allow subscribers of Sirius — which merged last year with XM — to carry the broadcasts. All other major sports properties contracted to one of the satellite services have been aired on the other except Major League Baseball, which, of course, thinks it should get more money."...Pete Dougherty

Commenters on XMFan.com discuss, most enthusiastic appears to be host Casey Stern who did not lose his job.

  • "Major League Baseball and MLB Network announced today that MLB will be rebranding the MLB Home Plate channel on Sirius XM Radio as MLB Network Radio
  • effective April 4, Opening Day of the regular season.
The partnership will see a considerable amount of MLB Network television programming aired on Home Plate including MLB Tonight....
  • MLB Network Radio will be heard on the same channels as MLB Home Plate was aired on prior (XM 175/ Sirius 210).

The move is the first vertical growth of MLB Network, which was launched on Jan 1 of 2009."...from Biz of Baseball

North Korean army like MLB walks in lockstep to one voice. photo via no caption needed, ap


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