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Report: Dodgers Heading Back to KABC
2007-10-14 17:01
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The Orange County Register has concluded that the Dodgers will bring their English-language radio broadcasts back to KABC 790 AM after an 11-year absence.

The announcement is to be made during KABC's Doug McIntyre program. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is scheduled to talk on air about the deal at 11 a.m. Monday. ...

KABC subscribers to a listeners club got the news first. Although not named, sources said it does refer to the Dodgers. Negotiations had been ongoing for several months.

The e-mail said: "On Monday, October 15, turn your radios on by 8:30 A.M. during McIntyre in the Morning as TalkRadio 790 KABC makes a major programming announcement. Then stay tuned for Al Rantel's 11 A.M. program as the news (and excitement) continues!"

The move would end the Dodgers' uncomfortable fit with otherwise all-news KFWB 980 AM. KABC is not a sportstalk station either, however. I'm not a listener, but a quick look at the current schedule indicates that most affected by the Dodgers would be Al Rantel (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.) and Mark Levin (9 p.m. - 11 p.m.).

Meanwhile, I know a number of oldtime fans will grow nostalgic at the idea of the Dodgers and Paul Harvey (11:45 a.m. - 12 noon) being reunited again. (Man, Harvey is almost 90.) And now you know some of the rest of the story ...

Comments
2007-10-14 17:13:11
1.   underdog
Speaking of media (not really related)... tomorrow night Mythbusters has a special new baseball myths episode that sounds like a lot of fun.
2007-10-14 17:20:24
2.   Bluebleeder87
790am use to have re-peats of the game if I remember correctly (I worked at LAX at the time, so sunday re-peats were a must for me), I'm really liking this long awaited move.
2007-10-14 17:26:49
3.   CajunDodger
I do not have the nostalgia since I have only lived out here for 6 years, but I would really have liked KLAC or KSPN to get the contract. It would have stunk getting preempted by the Bruins or Trojans on fall Saturdays, however.
2007-10-14 17:37:49
4.   Frip
From previous thread: "And while I agree that it's the buffoonery of the [Boston / Red Sox] media that is responsible, there certainly seem to be large numbers of fans who buy into [the hype]."

Not to sound naive, but what makes you think Bostonians are mindlessly reactive to media stimuli, "hype", and not just naturally excited about their team?

2007-10-14 17:44:57
5.   Linkmeister
Paul Harvey, bleah.

(This unsolicited comment brought to you by, oh, I dunno, 20-mule team Borax. After all, Harvey and Reagan were contemporaries.)

2007-10-14 17:47:24
6.   Jon Weisman
I wasn't endorsing Harvey. I was just realizing how I haven't heard his voice since before the Dodgers left KABC.
2007-10-14 17:52:37
7.   Gen3Blue
I really don't know what the radio situation means to you guys out west, but I know how it can effect a situation----there goes Matt Holiday, he is like a Kemp or Loney-----locally,( I personally hope I can receive Imus OK in December).
I almost missed the beginning of the game celebrating the Patriots spinning away from the remnants of Dallas.
2007-10-14 17:58:43
8.   Frip
Great, another Dodger radio station that we can barely hear out in the Inland Valley (Upland). Why in this high-tech age is AM radio is still dependent on feckless antennas? Can't McCourt at least buy a bigger antenna for us out here?
2007-10-14 17:59:42
9.   overkill94
All it means to me is that I have another AM station to program on my radio dial, though that's not a problem since I basically only listen to 980 (for traffic) and 710 (for random sports news or Angel games if I have someone on my fantasy team). If anything, it will be better since Dodger games won't get in the way of "traffic on the ones".
2007-10-14 18:07:07
10.   D4P
Can you pick up KABC in Ontario...?
2007-10-14 18:09:45
11.   Andrew Shimmin
Mr. KABC is gone? I had no idea. Googling him, I see he's moved over to KTLK 1150 (the Air America affiliate), from three to seven. That's too bad. His is the only talk radio show I ever called, back when he was Mr. KFI, and had a rule against kids calling (my voice was deep enough that I got away with it).

Levin is syndicated, so I'm sure he won't mind. Rantel is on the air something like fifteen hours a day, so he could use the break. He might come up with something interesting to say. Some day.

2007-10-14 18:10:39
12.   D4P
11
Did you see my pun in the Fan Fiction thread? That was for you.
2007-10-14 18:11:54
13.   Frip
Ontario? I would assume it would be worse than here in Upland because it's a little bit farther away from LA. Car stereos aren't that bad for some reason. It's when you use a portable radio.
2007-10-14 18:23:40
14.   DXMachina
4 "Not to sound naive, but what makes you think Bostonians are mindlessly reactive to media stimuli, "hype", and not just naturally excited about their team? "

I wasn't talking about hype, though. People do get excited about the team. Hype is almost unnecessary around here. I was talking about hysteria, both positive and negative, and which does seem to be driven by the media. One example was when they got Paul Mirabelli back from San Diego, some local stations sent helicopters to follow the state police car that was bringing him from the airport to Fenway, where he was scheduled to catch Wakefield. That seemed just a wee bit over the top to me.

2007-10-14 18:55:07
15.   overkill94
Looking at the Diamondbacks on Gameday...how the hell did they end up with the best record in the league? Byrnes is the only player who seems above-average for his position and it's not like their starting pitching put them over the top. Can anyone possibly explain their rise to dominance these last few months?
2007-10-14 19:00:09
16.   Bluebleeder87
9

& spring training games will be heard in real time, that's the biggest thing for me.

2007-10-14 19:02:52
17.   Bluebleeder87
14

just a little bit.

2007-10-14 19:06:41
18.   Dodgers49
Interesting story about Rod Beck:

'Shooter' Beck lived as hard as he played

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3060456

2007-10-14 19:27:05
19.   still bevens
15 The Diamondbacks are a scrappy, gritty pack of gamers who just know how to win.
2007-10-14 22:00:32
20.   Chris H
I'm not thrilled with the KABC choice, but it can't possibly be worse than KFWB. The "Rounding the Bases" pre-game show was horrible and the post-game show was pretty terrible as well. If the Dodgers can get a real pre-game and post-game show that would dramatically improve things.

I remember the old KABC coverage as being pretty good (Al Downing tearing into the callers was always good for a laugh), but who knows what we'll be getting now.

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