The Nationals and Entercom on Wednesday announced a five-year extension of their partnership that will keep 106.7 The Fan as the flagship home for D.C.’s baseball team through the 2022 season. Under the terms of the agreement, 106.7 The Fan will broadcast every regular season and postseason Nationals game, in addition to 10 spring training contests. Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are entering their 13th season together as the Nationals’ radio broadcast duo.
“It’s a great broadcast,” Mike Rizzo, the Nationals’ general manager and president of baseball operations, said during an appearance with The Sports Junkies to announce the deal. “I listen to it a lot. We listen to it in the clubhouse while the game is going on, and in the box we have the television broadcast on. It’s listened to quite a bit, it’s a great production, well done, and we’re lucky to have such a great production as that in our city.”
The station, which has been the Nationals’ flagship since 2011, also announced Wednesday that MASN on-field reporter Dan Kolko will host a weekly “Nats Insider” show on Saturdays at 8 a.m. ET. The show was previously hosted by Byron Kerr and aired one hour before Sunday games. Phil Wood and Craig Heist will continue to handle postgame duties for most games, with 106.7 The Fan midday hosts Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier pitching in for weekday afternoon home games. Beginning this season, Heist will provide a postgame player interview from inside the clubhouse.
“We value our partnership with the Nationals and, as the top radio destination for Washington, D.C. sports fans, look forward to continuing to bring fans the most comprehensive coverage of the team,” Entercom D.C. senior vice president and market manager Steve Swenson said in a release.
Rizzo, whose own five-year, $10 million contract will expire on Oct. 31, wasn’t interested Wednesday in discussing the rowhouse that Washington Business Journal reported he recently purchased near Nationals Park.
“Beautiful, yeah, glad that was in the paper,” Rizzo quipped when that nugget was mentioned. “I did not tell anybody, believe me.”
Rizzo told The Post at spring training that he’s confident he’ll sign a new contract with the team that has employed him for more than a decade.
“I’ve had a couple conversations with ownership about my contract,” Rizzo said in February. “I’ve been here for 12 years. With the trust that we’ve developed over the years, I feel confident that we should get something done.”
Rizzo declined to go into specifics about free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta when asked whether the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner’s price is plummeting as Opening Day approaches. Arrieta is represented by agent Scott Boras, who met with the Nationals early in the offseason to discuss the former Cubs starter. A.J. Cole is penciled in as Washington’s fifth starter for now.
“I’m not going to comment on any one specific player,” said Rizzo, who will join 106.7 The Fan at 9 a.m. every Wednesday during the season. “Generally, I would imagine there’s a price point for each and every player. Everyone’s an individual. It depends on their history and how much money they made in the past. It’s like any other business. Can you survive without getting paid for a season or two, or a couple of months, or do you need that paycheck every day? Every situation is independent and different, and it’s supply and demand. If there’s demand for the player, the price goes up. If there’s not, the price usually hovers or goes down.”
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