David Richard-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Cleveland Indians have reportedly accepted a five-year bid by WTAM Newsradio 1100 to continue broadcasting the team's games on the radio.
The bidding war for radio broadcast rights for Cleveland Indians games between 92.3 The Fan and Newsradio 1100 has reportedly been won by latter, which has broadcast Cleveland's games since 1998. Both stations put in bids for radio rights and the Indians accepted Newsradio 1100's five-year bid over what was reportedly a two-year bid by 92.3 The Fan.
Either way, not much was going to change for Indians fans, as play-by-play announcer Tom Hamilton is a team employee with a contract through 2016. The good news for listeners is that, at 50,000 watts, Newsradio 1100's signal is stronger than The Fan's, providing a clear broadcast across the state of Ohio.
Jim Rosenhaus is in his first year as Hamilton's partner and sixth overall with the broadcast. He will be up for review after this season, though, as his contract expires at the end of the year.
All involved are hoping that 2013 will hold better things for the Indians, who are searching for a new manager after crashing to a 67-92 record with three games to go in the season.