O's, WBAL stay tuned in 3-year deal

June 22, 1993|By From Staff Reports

Don't touch that dial. The Orioles are staying put on the radio for the next three years.

A deal has been reached to keep Orioles games on WBAL (1090 AM), where they've been for six seasons, through 1996, the club and station announced yesterday.

WBAL has been the Orioles' flagship station in 28 of the team's 40 major-league seasons.

The amount of the three-year contract was not announced.

"There is an increase in the rights fee, but both parties have agreed not to disclose figures," said Jeff Beauchamp, WBAL vice president and station manager.

According to a recent issue of Broadcasting and Cable magazine, the Orioles will receive $2 million this season for radio rights.

WBAL expects to bring back announcers Fred Manfra and Chuck Thompson next season, Beauchamp said.

The contract of lead play-by-play man Jon Miller expires after this season, and his deal is with the Orioles, not the radio station.

Still to be decided is which Washington station will carry the Orioles.

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