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.