January 30, 2006

A's To KYCY ... And KTRB?

I find it hard to believe — and I won't believe it until I hear it officially — but a post by Chavezfan in the A's Clubhouse on Scout.com notes that Oakland Athletics single-game tickets have the following printed on the reverse:

Listen to the A's all season long on
KYCY 1550 AM Oakland / San Francisco
KTRB 860 AM Pleasanton / Livermore / Sacramento / Modesto

If it's true, it confirms the worst-kept secret about the A's flagship station, but KTRB is the shocker.

KTRB, from what I've heard from a "Well-Placed Source," is not moving to the Bay Area for at least a few more months, but would mean that Harry Pappas' 50,000-watt station would give the A's a real powerhouse outlet locally.

Meanwhile, I'm still clinging to my little shred of hope that the A's will make this a combo deal — working out a deal with CBS Radio to put the team on both KYCY and KIFR/106.9 (Free FM). Such a plan would give the A's a much better signal in the North Bay and Oakland, based on KIFR's solid 80,000-watt signal coming out of Marin County, and would give the fledgling station a built-in promotional tool, even if only evening and weekend games are broadcast.

(Can you name Free FM 106.9's current night and weekend lineup? My point exactly.)

KYCY, coincidentally, is licensed to San Francisco, but its 10,000-watt transmitter is located down the Peninsula, near San Carlos. Even with that, the station's signal in the South Bay ain't too hot. CBS had a construction permit from the FCC to boost the station's power to 50,000 watts and diplex its signal from KLOK's transmitter in San Jose, but that plan was recently scrapped.

I wouldn't hold out an awful lot of hope for another station in the South Bay picking up the broadcasts — unless Bob Kieve of KLIV/1590 and KRTY/95.3 is listening...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have been listening....like what you do, something is needed for the 48 and over crowd. Would like more from the 6o's. Thanks.

February 12, 2007 7:33 PM  

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