The Washington Redskins have a new radio home in HTC Baltimore, WBAL (1090 AM), the station announced yesterday.
WBAL has a one-year deal to be the Baltimore affiliate on the Redskins' radio network, WBAL vice president and station manager Jeff Beauchamp said.
The Redskins had been heard on WCAO (600 AM) for the past few seasons, but sports programming has been dropped from WCAO since its format change to gospel music last year.
"I think it will further enhance our sports weekend package," Beauchamp said, referring to WBAL's 12-hour sports programming blocks on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Redskins' flagship is WTEM (570 AM), the new, all-sports station in Washington, which purchased the rights before going on the air. However, WTEM has a relatively weak signal, and many Redskins fans -- certainly those living anywhere near Baltimore -- will be able to hear games much better on WBAL, a 50,000-watt powerhouse.
The first Redskins broadcast on WBAL will be tomorrow, a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, beginning with an hour of the pre-game show at 7. WBAL plans to carry an hour each of pre- and post-game programming per game, Beauchamp said.
Orioles games on WBAL will pre-empt three preseason (Aug. 8, 16 and 29) and two regular-season Redskins games (Sept. 7 and 13).
Two others (Sept. 20 and Oct. 4) likely will be joined in progress, Beauchamp said.
Any Orioles postseason games also would pre-empt Redskins coverage.