April 16, 2014

Cleveland Indians ink five-year broadcasting deal with Clear Channel

The Cleveland Indians and Clear Channel have reached an agreement on a five-year contract that will allow the long-time flagship station of the team to carry games through 2017.

WTAM/1100 AM will continue to carry every Indians game while 100.7 FM/WMMS — the flagship station of the Cleveland Browns — will reportedly simulcast 144 games over the course of each season, leaving any mid-day broadcasts to air solely on AM station.  

As recent as this past October, Clear Channel was in a bidding war for the Indians’ broadcast rights as CBS’ upstart sports talk station 92.3 The Fan was reportedly making a hard push. The Good Karma-owned WKNR/850 AM (ESPN Cleveland) was reportedly in talks early, but dropped out as talks – and cost —  continued to develop.

For those Indians fans that had any concerns: Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will remain as announcers. This will be Hamilton’s 24th season with the team.

Indians pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 10. 

[Related: MLB Draft: Indians Select Tom Hamilton’s Son in 35th Round]

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Good news! It’s the weirdest thing, but I pick up WTAM 1100 all the way over here in Richmond, VA. It only comes in from 7pm through the early morning, but it’s perfect for being able to catch Indians games. It’s almost as though God’s divine plan was to hook me up with the Hammer.

  • Wow

    Clearly the other stations couldn’t hang with the big boys.

  • Kildawg

    38 states and half of Canada isn’t just the slogan of WTAM 1100, it’s fact. Plus, MLB.TV has an Audio Only option that’s only $20/year and it covers spring games as well as regular season ones. A good way to catch Hammy calling the game from a computer, smartphone, or I-Pod.

  • thepaledragon

    In the north part of Columbus, I can get 1100 clearer than I can 1460.

    Why can’t the Indians get a good radio deal in Columbus?!?!

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Interesting… I admit I had no idea what a clear channel radio station was. Turns out that’s the exact reason for why it comes in so clear during those times… it’s designed to be that way. Whoops.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic. Clear Channel is the name of the company that owns WTAM…and a large number of stations across the country.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m not… Clear Channel is the name of the company but it’s also what you call a radio station like WTAM 1100 (also called a Class A station). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear-channel_station