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George Solomon


Sunday, April 10, 2005; Page E02

Talkbackers never have it easy. Finally, after 34 years, Washington gets a baseball team that some area fans still haven't seen (two of the team's first three games weren't on TV) or heard (the team's broadcast signal comes and goes, depending on the air, sun, trees and possible clandestine use of North Korean signal-blockers by the competing team north of the parkway).

I hope the Nationals can straighten out their TV/radio mess. There was no TV for Wednesday's game in Philly. I tried tuning in on the radio but that didn't work either. I don't exactly live in the boonies but I couldn't get reception on either the AM or the FM stations that carry the Nationals games. Thanks to my XM satellite radio, I was able to listen. Why would the Nationals agree to be broadcast by radio stations that have such weak signals? Of course, the Orioles-A's game was readily available on TV and radio.

Phil Dunton, McLean

I found by standing in the middle of Fairfax Drive in Ballston, facing Bethesda, holding my son's old battery-operated boom box over my head, I could hear the game just fine on 104.1 FM.

I'm a longtime Senators fan and former Knothole Club member at Griffith Stadium who is trying desperately to get the Nationals on TV or radio.

I live in Riva, Md., and my cable provider is Comcast. They do not carry Channel 20 (WDCA) in my area. But I figured I could listen to games on the radio, except the radio signal for the Nationals is so weak I feel as if I'm behind an Iron Curtain trying to listen through the static. Riva is not in another country, or the boondocks.

Mike Sheehan, Riva

Don't move, just get XM Radio. It's cheaper than moving.

You had to know that MLB wasn't going to fight Peter Angelos on this television business. Angelos protected his territory the way Jack Kent Cooke did when Baltimore tried to replace the Colts in the mid-1980s. Two wrongs don't make a right, except pro sports doesn't subscribe to free-market values. MLB needs a better revenue-sharing arrangement like the NFL. Baseball has a lot of problems in small markets such as Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

Still, there is baseball in D.C.

Brad Grant, Abingdon, Md.

Revenue-sharing has improved among small market teams, but mega-market clubs such as the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers have a great advantage.

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