West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb. 21, 2010




Grand Rapids Press:

WBBL-FM (107.3) will take listeners out to the ballgame this summer. Citadel Broadcasting and the 50,000-watt all-sports station have signed an agreement to broadcast live games for the Detroit Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps for the 2010 season. "We now feel that we are the premier station for baseball," WBBL program director Bret Bakita said. "It's pretty neat combination to be able to carry both." Tigers games previously aired on WBBL's sister station, WLAV-FM (96.9), the past three years. Now, the Tigers will join WBBL's broadcast lineup, which already includes the Detroit Lions, Red Wings, Pistons and Michigan State football and basketball games. Bakita said it will be nice for listeners to have a consistent destination to find baseball. He said the contrast is NASCAR's current TV deal, which calls for races to be aired on Fox, ABC/ESPN and TNT. "Baseball is important in our area, and to have that connection with listeners is so important," Bakita said. "Now, they won't have to go anywhere else to find their baseball." WBBL's coverage will begin at 1 p.m. March 3, when the Tigers face the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring training game. In the event of scheduling conflicts between the Tigers and Whitecaps, one broadcast will move to WJRW-AM (1340) so listeners still can hear each game... Whitecaps, Tigers broadcasts move to WBBL-FM (Sat, 2/20)







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