Baltimore Orioles Radio Network

The Baltimore Orioles Radio Network comprises 39 stations in five states and the District of Columbia.[1]

The Orioles' flagship station is WJZ-FM/105.7 FM. For the 2019 MLB season, Jim Hunter will call play by play for the majority of games, with ESPN broadcaster Kevin Brown stepping in for approximately 50 games in his first season on the Orioles Radio Network. Hunter takes the primary role calling Orioles radio broadcasts following the retirement of Joe Angel, "The Voice of the Orioles" since 2004.[2] All 162 regular season baseball games are currently broadcast throughout the network.

Affiliates

Baltimore Orioles radio affiliates
Map of radio affiliates in 2015

Delaware

City Station Frequency
Lewes WXDE 105.9
Milford WYUS AM 930
Wilmington WWTX AM 1290

District of Columbia

City Station Frequency
Washington, D.C. WTEM AM 980

Maryland

City Station Frequency
Annapolis WNAV AM 1430
99.9
Baltimore (flagship) WJZ-FM 105.7 FM
Cambridge WCEM AM 1240
Crisfield WBEY FM 97.9
Cumberland / Frostburg WTBO AM 1450
FM 97.9
Frederick WWEG-HD4 FM 106.9
Hagerstown WARK AM 1490 / FM 98.9
Havre de Grace WHGM AM 1330
FM 104.7
Pocomoke City WGOP AM 540
FM 100.7
Salisbury WTGM AM 960
Westminster WTTR AM 1470
FM 102.3

North Carolina

City Station Frequency
Greenville WGHB AM 1250
Washington WDLX AM 930

Pennsylvania

City Station Frequency
Carlisle WIOO AM 1000
WIOO-FM 97.9
WHYL AM 960
Gettysburg WGET AM 1320
Hanover WHVR AM 1280
WHVR-FM 95.3
McConnellsburg WPDC AM 1600
Shippensburg WEEO AM 1480
WEEO-FM 93.9
York WSBA AM 910
WSBA-FM 93.9
WGLD AM 1440

Virginia

City Station Frequency
Hopewell WHAP AM 1340
WHAP-FM 96.9
Lynchburg WBRG AM 1050
WBRG-FM 104.5
Norfolk WVSP-FM 94.1
Petersburg WTPS-FM 102.7
WTPS AM 1240
Richmond WXGI AM 950
WXGI-FM 99.5
Staunton WKDW AM 900

West Virginia

City Station Frequency
Beckley WCST AM 1010
Charles Town WMRE AM 1550
Martinsburg WEPM AM 1340

See also

References

  1. ^ "Broadcast Affiliates". Baltimore Orioles.
  2. ^ https://www.mlb.com/press-release/orioles-announce-2019-broadcast-team
2010 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles 2010 season was the 110th season in franchise history.

2011 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles' 2011 season was the 111th season in franchise history, the 58th in Baltimore, and the 20th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It also marked the last year of a streak of fourteen consecutive losing seasons dating back to 1998.

2012 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles' 2012 season was the 112th season in franchise history, the 59th in Baltimore, and the 21st at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They completed the regular season with a 93-69 record, good for second place in the AL East and qualified for one of two American League wild card spots. It was the first time since 1997 that they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs. They subsequently defeated the Texas Rangers in the inaugural one-game Wild Card Playoff. They advanced to play the New York Yankees in the Division Series, but lost the series to the Yankees in five games.

2013 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2013 Baltimore Orioles season was the 113th season in franchise history, the 60th in Baltimore, and the 22nd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles began the 2013 season on April 2 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

2014 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2014 Baltimore Orioles season was the 114th season in franchise history, the 61st in Baltimore, and the 23rd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Birds would finish in first place in the American League East Division and return to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, claiming their first division championship since 1997. The Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers in the Division Series and advanced to the AL Championship Series, where they were in turn swept by the Kansas City Royals.

New Oriole Nelson Cruz led the majors in home runs with 40; following Chris Davis' 2013 championship this was the first time in franchise history two Orioles (or Browns) had won back-to-back home run titles. As a team the Birds hit 211 home runs to lead baseball, their third consecutive 200-homer season (another franchise first).

2015 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2015 Baltimore Orioles season was the 115th season in franchise history, the 62nd in Baltimore, and the 24th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They were attempting to defend their 2014 AL East title, but were eliminated from the division title race on September 23, ​11 1⁄2 games back from Toronto. They were entirely eliminated from the postseason on September 28, ​6 1⁄2 games back from Houston for the second AL wild card spot. They finished the season .500, their 4th straight non-losing season under manager Buck Showalter.

The one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season was first baseman Chris Davis winning the MLB Home Run Championship with 47, the third consecutive year in which the crown was won by an Oriole after Davis in 2013 and Nelson Cruz in 2014. Third baseman Manny Machado was the only player in the majors to play all 162 games, a reassuring feat after Machado had missed significant portions of the preceding two seasons due to knee injuries.

2015 White Sox–Orioles crowdless game

On April 29, 2015, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Chicago White Sox 8–2 in the first crowdless game ever played by Major League Baseball teams. Due to civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who was critically injured while in police custody 10 days earlier, there were insufficient security resources available for the game. The previous two games in the teams' series had been postponed, but the remaining game could neither be moved to another venue on short notice nor made up later in the season, so the decision was made to play the game at Camden Yards without allowing any fans to attend. The scheduled evening start time was also moved up to the afternoon for security reasons.

The stands were not completely empty; reporters, three times as many as usually covered a routine game, were allowed in the press box to cover the game, which was telecast live, photographers roamed the stands taking pictures, team staff patrolled the stands to recover foul balls, and three scouts also attended. Some fans who wanted to see the game live gathered near the stadium's back gate to take in the limited views from that vantage point, while others took in the more expansive view of the field from nearby high-rise hotels.

Players and media alike described the experience of a game played without any fans present as a surreal experience. White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton attributed his team's loss to the effect of the crowd's absence and their awareness of the reason for it. Reporters covering the game said conversations from the field could be heard in the press box, and likewise television and radio commentators could be heard on each other's broadcasts.

The decision to play without a crowd was controversial. Critics said the team should have done its best to allow fans in so the divided city could heal, or else just postpone the game. They pointed out that while previous incidents of civil unrest had forced games to be moved or postponed, fans had always been allowed to attend. The Washington Post suggested that ongoing litigation between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals over revenues from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network cable channel, which carries both teams' games, may have led the Orioles to avoid moving the game to Nationals Park.

2016 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2016 Baltimore Orioles season was the 116th season in franchise history, the 63rd in Baltimore, and the 25th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They improved on their 2015 record of 81–81 (.500). They ensured this by winning their 82nd game on September 18 against the last place Tampa Bay Rays. They were eliminated from division contention on September 24, 7 games behind the AL East leading Boston Red Sox, who would go on to clinch the division on September 28. They would advance to the playoffs on the last day of the season, October 2, where they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Wild Card Game 5–2 in 11 innings; this was the Orioles' third postseason appearance in five years.

Right fielder Mark Trumbo won the MLB and American League home run championships with 47; 2016 was the fourth consecutive year in which an Oriole won the homer crown following Chris Davis in 2013, Nelson Cruz in 2014 and Davis again in 2015. Closer Zach Britton recorded a perfect 47 saves in 47 opportunities; Britton set an all-time record of 43 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run. Britton's 0.54 ERA was the lowest ever recorded by a pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched.

2017 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2017 Baltimore Orioles season was the 117th season in Baltimore Orioles franchise history, the 64th in Baltimore, and the 26th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They tried to match or improve on their 2016 record of 89–73, when they finished tied for 2nd place in the AL East and lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the Wild Card Game, but failed with their 74th loss on September 12. They were eliminated from AL East contention with their September 18 loss to the Boston Red Sox, ​13 1⁄2 behind the division leading Red Sox. They were entirely eliminated from postseason contentions on September 23 with their loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, ​7 1⁄2 behind the Minnesota Twins for the 2nd AL Wild Card spot. With their 82nd loss, also on September 23, they ensured a sub-.500 record for the second time under manager Buck Showalter. They finished the season 75–87 (.463), their worst finish since their 2011 season. The following year, the team had their worst year in franchise history, breaking their worst records of all time and their worst year since 1988.

2018 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2018 Baltimore Orioles was the 118th season in Baltimore Orioles franchise history, the 65th in Baltimore, and the 27th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The 2018 Orioles lost more games than any other Major League team in the 2010s decade to date. The Orioles were mathematically eliminated from the playoff contention with their 82nd loss to the Boston Red Sox in a double header on August 11. They suffered their 100th loss of the season on September 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays, the first time they have done so since 1988. On September 17, 2018, they lost 5–0 against the Toronto Blue Jays, suffering their 107th loss and tying the 1988 Baltimore Orioles for the most losses in a single season. The following day they lost 6–4 to the Toronto Blue Jays to set a new franchise record with their 108th loss and posting their worst record in franchise history. On September 22, 2018, they reached the 110 loss mark with a 3–2 loss to the New York Yankees. On September 26, 2018, they lost the first game of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox to set a new overall franchise record with their 112th loss; the previous worst mark was 43–111 (.279) in 1939, when they were known as the St. Louis Browns. They finished the season in last place in the AL East for the second consecutive year winning just 47 games all year and losing the franchise-most 115.

With their 113th loss coming via a 2–1 defeat to the Houston Astros on September 28, 2018, the Orioles failed to win at least 50 games, the first team to have done so since the Detroit Tigers in 2003 who went 43-119 (.265). This loss also ensured that the Orioles lost their season series against all American League teams in the MLB. However, their 44th win of the season allowed the Orioles to avoid losing as many games as the 2003 Tigers.

Other notable moments included:

Alex Cobb finishing at 5–15 with a 4.90 ERA and an 0-7 record at home (and just one start at home in which the Orioles won) in the first year of a four-year $57 million deal, arguably the biggest offseason pickup for the Orioles

Andrew Cashner, another notable offseason pickup, going 4–15 with a 5.29 ERA in the first year of a two-year $16 million deal

Chris Davis batting just .168 (the worst batting average in MLB history) with just a .243 OBP and -3.2 WAR in the third year of a seven-year $161 million no-trade contract

Getting shut out 15 times

Winning just 19 games on the road (just 28 at home).

Allowing 10 or more runs 20 times

Going just 23–53 against AL East competition (including 0–10 against the Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) in Toronto)

Winning a total of just 9 series (just 3 on the road; coincidentally, two of these series were in New York, against the Yankees in April and Mets in June and against the Braves in June)

Sweeping just 2 series all season (once against the Blue Jays at home, once against the Mets on the road)

Sweeping just a single 3-game series (against the Blue Jays at home)

Getting swept in 21 series

Finished 61 games behind the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox (first team to be behind 60+ games behind in their division since the 1962 Mets) and 50 games behind the 2nd wild card-holder Oakland Athletics

Going just 3-16 versus the division champion Red Sox and 5-14 against the fourth-place Blue Jays

Trading away Manny Machado (Dodgers), Zach Britton (Yankees), Jonathan Schoop (Brewers), Darren O'Day (Braves), Kevin Gausman (Braves), and Brad Brach (Braves) midseason.

Having losing streaks of 5+ 11 times.On October 3, 2018, it was announced that manager Buck Showalter would not be re-signed by the organization in any capacity, ending his 9-year tenure with the Orioles. General Manager Dan Duquette was also relieved of his duties on the same day.

2019 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2019 Baltimore Orioles season is the 119th season in Baltimore Orioles franchise history, the 66th in Baltimore, and the 28th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The entire schedule was released on August 22. They are attempting to improve on their disastrous 47–115 (.290) record from 2018. The Orioles are managed by Brandon Hyde in his first season as Orioles manager.

Joe Angel

Joseph Angel (born May 5, 1948) is a retired American sportscaster best known for calling play-by-play for several Major League Baseball teams, including 19 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles Radio Network. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Angel is famous for his proper pronunciation of Latino players' names.

List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters

The following is a list of current (entering the 2019 season) Major League Baseball broadcasters for each individual team. Some franchises have a regular color commentator while others (such as the Milwaukee Brewers) use two play-by-play announcers, with the primary often doing more innings than the secondary. Secondary play-by-play announcers are noted by bold and the number of innings of play-by-play are listed after.

In pay television, 15 teams broadcast on Fox Sports Networks affiliates (including the New York Yankees on YES Network), five on NBC Sports Regional Networks affiliates and four on AT&T SportsNet affiliates. Meanwhile, the New York Mets are broadcast on SportsNet New York; Los Angeles Dodgers on Spectrum SportsNet LA; Baltimore and Washington on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network; Boston on New England Sports Network; and Toronto on Sportsnet.

WDLX

WDLX (930 AM) and WGHB (1250 AM) are radio stations broadcasting a sports talk format. The WDLX/WGHB simulcast is currently owned by Pirate Media Group.

Licensed to Washington, North Carolina, United States, WDLX serves the Greenville-New Bern area. The station signed on the air March 3, 1942 as WRRF. The calls stood for "We Radiate Real Friendship". In 1962, the call letters were changed to WITN, owing largely to the eyeWITNess news format adopted by owner Bill Roberson's television station, WITN-TV. Roberson had also signed on sister FM station WITN-FM at 93.3 MHz (today's WERO) on September 6, 1961. These stations shared the same callsigns on FM and AM until 1985, when the FM facility became WDLX and the AM reverted to the WRRF calls. They shared the same building until about 2004.

In 1996, new owner Pinnacle Broadcasting changed the calls for WDLX to WERO as the station adopted an Arrow 93.3 moniker and a classic hits format; to protect the copyright to the call letters, they switched WRRF to WDLX, although no change was made in its talk format.

WDLX is today the flagship station for East Carolina University Pirates athletics and also broadcasts Carolina Hurricanes games. Starting in 2010, WDLX aired the Baltimore Orioles.

WGHB is licensed to Farmville, North Carolina and was once WFAG, meaning "Watch Farmville Area Grow". It exists mainly to improve WDLX' nighttime coverage in the Greenville area. WDLX must adjust its coverage to protect a silent clear-channel station in Montreal at AM 930, limiting its nighttime coverage to the immediate area around Washington.

These two stations are not related to pirate radio, deriving their name instead from the East Carolina Pirates.

WIOO

WIOO, known as "Country Gold FM & AM", WIOO - AM is a 1,000-watt daytime radio station licensed to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It broadcasts on 1000 kHz which is simulcast on FM 97.9 MHz with full-time service. WIOO signed on the air in 1965. FM service was added in the summer of 2009. The call letters stand for the station's former long-time slogan, "W-100," referring to its position on the AM dial.

WIOO played contemporary music for most of its history. During the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s, it was a successful Top 40 station which, despite being a daytimer, competed with Harrisburg stations WKBO and WFEC for the teenage audience.For the past 15 years, WIOO has carried a "country gold" format, playing country music from approximately 5–50 years ago. It is affiliated with Westwood One, and with Motor Racing Network, and Performance Racing Network for extensive NASCAR coverage.

The station operated at full power from local sunrise to local sunset, and at reduced power (approximately 30 watts) from local sunset until 45 minutes later, when it signed off to protect the clear channel of WMVP in Chicago from skywave interference. This will change once the power upgrade is complete (see below).The station will still be required to sign off after sunset. 97.9 for Carlisle simulcasts all of the AM programming, providing continuous service. WIOO also currently simulcasts the majority of its programming onto WEEO, a 460 watt AM station on 1480 kHz licensed to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. WEEO is simulcast on FM 93.9 MHz in stereo. This station can be heard in Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Newville and many other areas throughout south central Pennsylvania.

WIOO has a long-standing history of morning personalities dating back to the mid-1960s. They include Bob Hamilton, Dick Raymond, R.J. Harris, Jim (J.J) Jefferson and Marissa Osborne, Ben Barber, Jack Wagner, Scott Donato, Kirk Wise (Wise Guy), Dave Eddy, Larry Flood, and currently on the air veteran broadcaster Michael Andrews who doubles as news director. Currently, afternoon drive is handled by air personality and program director Ray Thomas. Ray has been a major force in Carlisle radio for over a quarter of a century. Robin Quivers, now of The Howard Stern Show, received her first radio job on WIOO in late 1979. Quivers beat out a field of three applicants from the Broadcast Institute of Maryland (BIM) to get the news anchor position at WIOO.

In addition to its country gold programming, the WIOO stations air local news in Cumberland County, provide the noonday Tradio show for listener call ins each day as part of its one-hour news and information block, and carry live sports including locally produced Cumberland Valley Eagles football on the Carlisle frequencies and Shippensburg Greyhounds football on 1480 and 93.9. The station carries major college and NFL football, NASCAR and Baltimore Orioles baseball during respective seasons.

WIOO was granted a construction permit by the FCC in 2015. The station's day power will increase to 15,000 watts, and it will gain critical hours power of 2,700 watts. The station's critical hour power is subject to local sunset of WMVP Chicago, Illinois, on the same frequency.

WTEM

WTEM (980 kHz, "The Team 980") is a commercial AM radio station in Washington, D.C. Owned by Urban One, it broadcasts a sports radio format. WTEM's studios are located in Silver Spring, Maryland. WTEM is the flagship radio station of the Washington Redskins, by virtue of previously being owned by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. The station is also an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles Radio Network and the Maryland Terrapins football and men's basketball teams. Weekdays, local hosts are heard. Late nights and weekends, WTEM carries programming from Fox Sports Radio.

WTEM's transmitter is located off Ager Road in Chillum, Maryland. It is powered at 50,000 watts during the day, the maximum power permitted for commercial AM stations. It reduces power to 5,000 watts at night to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 980. WTEM uses a directional antenna at all times.

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