Chicago White Sox Radio Network

The Chicago White Sox Radio Network is an American radio network airing baseball games from the Chicago White Sox. The English-language flagship is WGN (720 AM) Chicago, with Spanish language coverage airing on WRTO (1200). The English language network consists of 19 stations[1] The play-by-play announcers are Ed Farmer and Jason Benetti (who joins the broadcast team for national broadcasts and for White Sox's games where Ken Harrelson and Chuck Swirsky fills-in for him); the color commentator is Darrin Jackson.[2]

WSCR's contract with the White Sox expired after the 2015 season. As first reported by Robert Feder of www.robertfeder.com, WLS (AM) 890, was to be the new White Sox flagship station from the 2016 through the 2021 seasons. However, WLS owner Cumulus Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2017 and entered into a restructuring agreement with certain of its lenders to reduce more than $1 billion in debt.[3] The Bankruptcy Court allowed Cumulus and WLS to end its contract with the White Sox. WGN became the new flagship station of the Chicago White Sox on February 14, 2018.[4]

Station list

Flagships

Callsign Frequency Location
WGN 720 AM Chicago (English)
WRTO 1200 AM Chicago (Spanish)

Affiliates

Illinois

Callsign Frequency Location
WBIG 1280 AM Aurora
WCEZ 93.9 FM Carthage
WLBK 1360 AM DeKalb
WAIK 1590 AM Galesburg
WCMY 1430 AM Ottawa
WZOE 1490 AM Princeton
WRHL 1060 AM Rochelle
WSDR 1240 AM Sterling
WSPL 1250 AM Streator
WBCP 1580 AM Urbana (Champaign area)
WVIL 101.3 FM Virginia (Jacksonville area)

Indiana

Callsign Frequency Location
WMRI 860 AM Marion
WMRS 107.7 FM Monticello
WSJD 100.5 FM Princeton
WRIN 1420 AM Rensselaer (daytime only)
WLQI 97.7 FM Rensselaer
WRDI 95.7 FM South Bend

Iowa

Callsign Frequency Location
KCPS 1150 AM Burlington

References

  1. ^ List of affiliates on the White Sox's site.
  2. ^ White Sox broadcasters' page on the White Sox site.
  3. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cumulus-media-bankruptcy/cumulus-media-files-for-bankruptcy-protection-idUSKBN1DU08U
  4. ^ Feder, Robert (14 February 2018). "Play ball! WGN Radio picks up White Sox". Robert Feder blog. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
2014 Chicago White Sox season

The 2014 Chicago White Sox season was the club's 115th season in Chicago and 114th in the American League. They finished in fourth place in the division, 17 games behind the first place Tigers.

2015 Chicago White Sox season

The 2015 Chicago White Sox season was the club's 116th season in Chicago and 115th in the American League.

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 Chicago White Sox season

The 2016 Chicago White Sox season was the club's 117th season in Chicago and 116th in the American League. The White Sox wore a black diamond patch on the uniform in honor of the late Eddie Einhorn, minority owner of the team. They finished the season in fourth place in the AL Central.

The White Sox tied a major league record for most home runs by a losing team when they hit seven homers in a 10–8 defeat to Toronto on June 25.

2017 Chicago White Sox season

The 2017 Chicago White Sox season was the franchise’s 118th season in Chicago and 117th in the American League. It was also the team’s first season under new manager Rick Renteria following Robin Ventura, who chose not to extend his contract with the team after five seasons. The White Sox missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, and finished in 4th place in their division and second worst in the AL respectively.

2018 Chicago White Sox season

The 2018 Chicago White Sox season was the club's 119th season in Chicago and 118th in the American League. It marked the second season with Rick Renteria as manager of the Sox. The Sox played their home games at Guaranteed Rate Field. After losing to the Red Sox on August 30 they clinched their 7th consecutive losing season and their 11th year without a Postseason Spot. They began their season on March 29 against the Kansas City Royals and finished the season on September 30 against the Minnesota Twins.

At 62-100, the White Sox finished four games ahead of the last-place Royals, had the 3rd worst record in the league, and 29 games behind the Cleveland Indians; it was their first 100-loss season since 1970.

Notable moments included:

Second-year pitcher Dylan Covey going 5-14 with a 5.18 ERA despite slight improvements over his rookie year

White Sox pitchers finishing with a 4.84 combined ERA

Winning just 13 series

Going 1-8 against the Tigers with home-field advantage

Going 0-7 against the AL West champion Astros. In the series against them on April 20th, White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage during the game and was ruled out for the remainder of the season after being hospitalized.

Getting swept 14 times in the season

Getting shutout 10 times in the season

Yielding 10 or more runs in 23 games, comprising 15% of the total number of games they played in the seasonIt was the final season for long time PBP announcer Ken Harrelson who retired before the end of the season, and the second of the last for broadcasts on long time FTA broadcaster WGN-TV, the 2018-19 offseason was when it was announced that NBC Sports Chicago, the team's cable partner, will become the de facto official station of the team effective Opening Day 2020 with more game broadcasts there. No plans are yet to be made regarding the team's future free-to-air television broadcasts, through.

2019 Chicago White Sox season

The 2019 Chicago White Sox season is the club's 120th season in Chicago and 119th in the American League. The Sox play their home games at Guaranteed Rate Field. It is expected to be the final season of gameday broadcasts on WGN-TV, bringing to a close an era of periodic White Sox free-to-air broadcasts to its fans all over the city, as beginning in 2020 the White Sox will broadcast almost all its home and away games on both NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+.

Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. The White Sox are owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, and play their home games at Guaranteed Rate Field, located on the city's South Side. They are one of two major league clubs in Chicago; the other is the Chicago Cubs, who are a member of the National League (NL) Central division.

One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the franchise was established as a major league baseball club in 1901. The club was originally called the Chicago White Stockings, but this was soon shortened to Chicago White Sox. The team originally played home games at South Side Park before moving to Comiskey Park in 1910, where they played until Guaranteed Rate Field (originally known as Comiskey Park and then known as U.S. Cellular Field) opened in 1991.

The White Sox won the 1906 World Series with a defense-oriented team dubbed "the Hitless Wonders", and the 1917 World Series led by Eddie Cicotte, Eddie Collins, and Shoeless Joe Jackson. The 1919 World Series was marred by the Black Sox Scandal, in which several members of the White Sox were accused of conspiring with gamblers to fix games. In response, Major League Baseball's new Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned the players from Major League Baseball for life. In 1959, led by Early Wynn, Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio and manager Al López, the White Sox won the American League pennant. They won the AL pennant in 2005, and went on to win the World Series, led by World Series MVP Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, catcher A. J. Pierzynski, and the first Latino manager to win the World Series, Ozzie Guillén.

From 1901–2018, the White Sox have an overall record of 9211–9126 (a .502 winning 'percentage').

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