Angel leaves Yankees to rejoin Orioles radio

October 18, 1991|By Ray Frager

Wave him hi-hi.

Joe Angel will be back on Baltimore Orioles radio broadcasts in 1992, having reached agreement on a two-year contract with WBAL, the announcer said last night.

"The signing is just a formality," Angel said from Reno, Nev., where he was attending a "junket."

Though he wouldn't say how much he'll be paid, Angel said the new deal is comparable to his 1991 salary for calling New York Yankees games on WABC, the job for which he left Baltimore last October.

"It's a pretty good raise [over his last salary at WBAL]," Angel said.

Though Jon Miller still will be considered the lead radio announcer, Angel's voice will be more prominent overall. Miller will miss about half of the radio schedule for television assignments, but Angel probably will be on WBAL every game.

Thus, the Orioles job is considered a No. 1 spot, and Angel's Yankees contract, which has a year to go, allows him to leave for another top major-league job.

A vacancy opened with WBAL last week, when Ken Levine resigned to return to his family and television writing in California.

Angel, 43, previously spent three seasons on Orioles broadcasts. He arrived for 1988, replacing Jack Wiers.

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