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Not Very Newsworthy
2003-03-11 09:15
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

No doubt it works out for the accountants, but otherwise, the move of the Dodgers’ radio broadcasts to KFWB this year makes no sense.

The biggest reason isn’t really a baseball one. KFWB and KNX are the two 24-hour news stations in Los Angeles. For years, every night at 9 or 10 p.m., KNX has broken from its news coverage to present the KNX Drama Hour, a rotating collection of old-time radio shows like “The Lone Ranger” and “The Third Man.” That means that when the Dodgers are on the air at night, there will be nowhere on the radio to find news coverage.

Beyond that, you have KFWB presenting no Dodger broadcasts of Spring Training games on weekdays, breaking a tradition that is older than me. And I doubt we can expect much pregame and postgame material, even when the season starts. (Although maybe that’s a good thing.)

In any case, news is clearly more valuable to KFWB – for reasons that are easy to understand. So with more sports stations than news stations in this city, I can’t understand why the Dodgers would move to a place where they’re a low priority. Must’ve been one heck of a deal.

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