St. Louis Cardinals games will be back on KMOX-AM starting with the 2011 baseball season, CBS Radio announced Wednesday (Sept. 1).
For the past five years, the games were broadcast on KTRS-AM, a station 50 percent owned by the Cards. But KTRS, at 5,000 watts lacked the signal power of KMOX, a 50,000-watt signal that at night reaches into 40 states and parts of Canada.
“KTRS has been a great partner and we are grateful for everything they have done over the last five years. While we explored our options, the case for going back to KMOX was very compelling,” said Bill DeWitt, Jr., chairman and general partner of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Under the terms of the agreement, KMOX will carry all 162 regular-season games, 18 spring training games, postseason broadcasts and other Cardinals-related programming through the year. The games will also be broadcast on the FM via one of CBS Radio’s HD channels on KEZK-HD3.
The Cardinals will produce the game broadcasts and veteran announcers Mike Shannon and John Rooney will handle play-by-play coverage. The Cardinals will also sell the advertising during the broadcast.
The Cardinals Radio Network, a network of 117 stations in nine states, will also stay the same under the new arrangement.