Thursday, October 21, 2010

Oakland A's considering purchase of flagship radio station KTRB AM860

10/19, "The Oakland A’s are weighing the purchase of their flagship radio station, a move that would give the team control over a broadcast medium that has been problematic for the club.
  • KTRB AM 860, known as Xtra Sports 860, went into receivership last month. The station switched to an all-sports format in 2009 when it entered into a deal with the A’s to carry the team’s games.

KTRB is a San Francisco-based station that used to be owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies, a privately held television broadcaster.

  • The A’s move to KTRB in 2009 marked the third time the baseball club switched flagship radio stations since 2005. The team had deals with KFRC 1550 AM and KIFR 106.9 FM.

Ken Pries, who oversees broadcast deals for the team, said the club is

  • “just at the beginning stages” of a possible KTRB deal. He declined further comment.

The A’s are not the only entity possibly pursuing the radio station, according to news reports. The station could go for about $12 million, not including debt, according to Bay Area media business reporter Rich Lieberman."

  • via Rich Lieberman 415

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