• Yanks Give 880 Another Year

    Posted by on October 28th, 2011 · Comments (13)

    Via Bob Raissman

    The Yankees will be staying on WCBS Radio – For at least one more year.

    Radio sources say the Bombers will sign a one-year extension with WCBS-AM, its radio home for the past 10 seasons.

    Sources said ESPN-1050 was in the running for the Yankees radio package, but Yankees brass had issues with 1050′s weak signal.

    With the package staying at WCBS it’s likely Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling, aka, Ma and Pa Pinstripe, will return to the radio microphones for the 2012 season.

    John Sterling is likely to return to Yankees radio booth after sources say Bombers will ink a new deal with WCBS-AM.

    Sounds like ESPN told the Yankees that they should have a stronger signal in 2013.

    I figure that the Yankees want to be aligned with an all-sports talk station at some point, like the Mets have with WFAN.

    Now, it would really be cool if the Yankees started their own radio station…which I think I suggested in the past, here, once before…

    Comments on Yanks Give 880 Another Year

    1. 77yankees
      October 28th, 2011 | 4:03 pm

      Another year of NOT listening to Yankee games on radio.

      Why wouldn’t the Yankees be able to create their own radio station? Who’d have thought 20 yrs ago they’d have their own TV network?

    2. October 28th, 2011 | 4:14 pm

      Then again, I’m not sure that repeats of the White Shadow would play over the radio air waves…

    3. Garcia
      October 28th, 2011 | 4:15 pm

      I’m happy. Susan and Sterling are back. Love it.

    4. October 28th, 2011 | 4:19 pm

      FWIW, I did once ponder a Yankees radio station…

      http://waswatching.com/2007/02/05/careful-what-you-wish-for/

    5. Corey Italiano
      October 28th, 2011 | 5:49 pm

      I think you’d have to be dumb in 2011 to create a real radio station. Give it 5-10 years and there will be internet in cars and then you can just do web radio or a podcast for relatively free, at least compared to the cost of building your own radio station.

    6. Corey Italiano
      October 28th, 2011 | 5:50 pm

      Basically my point was that it’s a sunk cost of time and effort to build the facilities for that. They’re better of selling the rights to WCBS for a few more years while constructing the framework for a net radio in the meantime.

    7. Corey Italiano
      October 28th, 2011 | 6:03 pm

      Hell just thinking about it, technically they could do it now. People could use their phones to listen to it.

    8. October 28th, 2011 | 7:47 pm

      Great more cheerful news, another year with the worse play by play man of all time, I’m with 77yankees on this one.

      As an aside, I think CBS radio should have held out for a multi year deal, they may well find themselves with no leverage should ESPN get their hands on WOR or an FM signal.

    9. K-V-C
      October 28th, 2011 | 8:17 pm

      I don’t care that they are on 88, a good strong signal, but Ma and Pa have to go. Sterling cannot see anymore. I’m really getting tired of the it is high it is far it is caught.(in medium deep center no less.)

      This is the first of the many BAD mistakes the Yankees will make this year. Up next overpaying/too many years for fat CC.

    10. 77yankees
      October 28th, 2011 | 8:53 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      People could use their phones to listen to it.

      Only if they pony up a fee for it. If you try to access WCBS-880 online for instance during a Yankee game, you’ll get the news broadcast, because the brown shirts at MLB want you to cough up $14.99 for their At-Bat app which has both the home and away radio casts.

      It’s absurd that you can’t access your home team’s radio casts in the NY metro market for free unless you have a old fashioned radio, but such is MLB life under commissioner/slob Selig.

    11. BOHAN
      October 28th, 2011 | 11:08 pm

      Really wish they were getting rid of Sterling and Suzyn

    12. Corey Italiano
      October 29th, 2011 | 11:46 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Only if they pony up a fee for it. If you try to access WCBS-880 online for instance during a Yankee game, you’ll get the news broadcast, because the brown shirts at MLB want you to cough up $14.99 for their At-Bat app which has both the home and away radio casts.

      To be fair, most people have this net service already. It’s only a matter of time before everyone has it. And in this scenario, the Yanks have their own web station so you could most certainly listen to it.

      The reason you hear the news has nothing to do with mlb at bat, it has to do with wcbs owning the rights.

    13. Evan3457
      October 30th, 2011 | 9:48 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Great more cheerful news, another year with the worst play by play man of all time, I’m with 77yankees on this one.

      Well, we agree on this, that’s for sure.

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