Orioles radio broadcasts to remain on WBAL for at least the next two years

Longtime broadcasters Joe Angel and Fred Manfra to return

January 08, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles radio broadcasts will remain on WBAL-AM 1090 for at least the next two seasons.

The club and the station have finalized a multiyear deal for WBAL to remain the Orioles’ radio affiliate, according to an industry source. It is believed to be a two-year pact.

Joe Angel and Fred Manfra, who have called Orioles radio broadcasts together since 2004, will also return, the source added.

A previous three-year deal with WBAL expired at the end of this season. Specifics of the deal are not known, but it is structured as a revenue-sharing partnership between the two sides. 

The Orioles don't plan to make a formal announcement on the new deal.

The Orioles and the Hearst-owned radio station have had a long-standing relationship -- 2014 will be the 45th season that WBAL has been the radio home of the club during its 60-year tenure in Baltimore.

WBAL's partnership with the Orioles ran from 1957 to 1978 and from 1988 to 2006. Orioles broadcasts returned to WBAL in 2011 following a four-year deal with 105.7 The Fan.

The station will continue its regular Orioles gameday programming, which includes pregame and postgame shows.

Along with the entire 162-game regular season schedule, WBAL will also broadcast 16 spring training games this season, including the Orioles' spring opening opener Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

The station is also beginning a weekly offseason Hot Stove show this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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