Post Radio Will Broadcast Nats Again

By Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 15, 2006; 10:30 AM

Washington Nationals baseball games will be heard on Washington Post Radio for the second straight season in 2007, team President Stan Kasten announced today. All 162 regular season games, and at least 10 spring training match-ups, will be broadcast on WTWP, which transmits on 107.7 FM and 1500 AM. The agreement also calls for a new post-game call-in show and weekly features on the team, officials said. Pre-game shows will offer analysis, as well as interviews with newsmakers from the team.

Announcers Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler will continue to offer play-by-play commentary during the games.

"It's not just going to be games. We're going to have a lot more presence on the station," Kasten said in an interview on WTWP. "Our fans are interested, they're engaged. The more we can reach out to them -- that's very exciting to us."

Washington Post Radio debuted last spring, at the start of the Nationals' second season. In 2005, games were broadcast on WTOP, a sister station to Post radio. Both stations are owned by Bonneville International Corp., and WTOP will continue to broadcast frequent news and updates about the team, officials said.

The radio deal was sealed much earlier this year than in the first two seasons, officials said, because the team -- which had been owned by Major League Baseball -- was sold in May to a local ownership group that can move more quickly.

The Nationals yesterday named New York Mets third base coach Manny Acta as the team's new manager, replacing Frank Robinson, and braced for the potential loss of their biggest star, free agent Alfonso Soriano.

Also yesterday, the D.C. Council approved a parking garage deal that is expected to increase the chances that a new baseball stadium will be completed along the Southeast waterfront by Opening Day 2008.

Bonneville International is a media company with radio, television, satellite and advertising properties also in Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Salt Lake City. In the Washington area, Bonneville owns and operates WGMS (104.1 FM) and Federal News Radio, along with WTOP and Washington Post Radio.

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