O's lose Pa. radio affiliate of 20 years

York station will air minor league games

Baseball

October 21, 2006|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,Sun reporter

The Orioles have lost their York, Pa., radio partner of 20 years, but are negotiating with another station and say their games are all but certain to remain on the air in an important secondary market for the team.

WSBA (910 AM) is dropping the Orioles to broadcast games of the York Revolution, a new team in the independent Atlantic League for which Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is a special assistant.

The Orioles were told of the station's decision during recent talks on renewing a one-year deal that ended at the conclusion of the season.

"We had a great relationship with SBA over the years and we certainly understand this is a business decision," Orioles spokesman Bill Stetka said yesterday. "We expect to have an announcement on another affiliate in York within a few days."

Stetka said the team is "dotting the I's and crossing the T's" on the new deal and that it was premature to provide details.

Todd Toerper, a market manager for Cumulus Media, WSBA's parent company, said the Revolution "made a very compelling presentation to us" and that he believed the new team's arrival would be good economically for the community and the station. "It was a very challenging decision. After a 20-year relationship, you just don't end those things on a whim," Toerper said.

York will soon be the site of the Orioles' only retail store outside Baltimore. The Sun reported last month that the Orioles are quietly planning to close their Washington outlet store at the end of the calendar year.

jeff.barker@baltsun.com

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