The Baltimore Orioles are returning to WBAL Radio for the 2011 season — and beyond.
“It’s been a hard-fought battle to get them back here,” Ed Kiernan, WBAL Radio’s vice president and general manager, said Tuesday after the announcement. “We’re really excited to have them back since they’re a big part of our history.”
Kiernan declined to disclose financial terms of the deal.
For 41 of the Orioles’ 57 seasons, WBAL was the team’s station. But for the past four years, 105.7 The Fan was the team’s flagship station. WBAL partnered with the Orioles from 1957 to 1978 and again from 1988 to 2006. The Orioles were heard on WFBR from 1979 to 1986, and on WCBM in 1987.
WBAL is now the flagship station for both the Orioles and the Ravens.
Under the multi-year agreement, WBAL will broadcast 10 spring training games and all 162 regular season games.
Orioles’ outside counsel Alan M. Rifkin, of Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan and Silver, made the announcement on WBAL.
“A week from now with pitchers and catchers reporting, WBAL will be there and the excitement will build,” Rifkin said. “We’re very excited to be working with WBAL again.”
Joe Angel and Fred Manfra, who are employed by the baseball club, will continue to be the play-by-play duo for the games.
“That was what it was all about for us, to work with them again for our broadcast team,” Kiernan said.
WBAL will launch a new Orioles “On Deck” show, hosted by Brett Hollander, prior to the games. During the off-season, the station will also broadcast a weekly “Hot Stove” show.