This may be a first: a southern New Jersey radio station will be airing all 162 Los Angeles Angels games this year because of the local popularity of Mike Trout. Via USA Today:
"WSNJ-AM 1240 will broadcast all 162 Los Angeles Angels games after reaching an agreement with Major League Baseball and the Angels to re-broadcast KLAA-AM's feed from Anaheim. The station will air a 30-minute pregame show, the entire game and a 15-minute postgame show.
WSNJ also broadcasts in Salem County, southern Gloucester County, southwestern Atlantic County, the northern shore of Delaware and the southeast corner of Pennsylvania."
The only other example like this I can recall is ESPN Radio in Los Angeles broadcasting New York Jets games one year because of USC alum and Orange County native Mark Sanchez. That's worked well. (And a reader passed along a North Dakota station doing the same for Darrin Erstad of all people for the Angels once again.)
But the daily regimen of 162 baseball games is much different than 3 hours every Sunday. One player, after a dynamic rookie season, is causing a radio station to dedicate 3-4 hours a day to broadcasting the games of a team 2700 miles away. You don't see any Las Vegas radio stations broadcasting Washington Nationals games, or any radio stations in Georgia (where Buster Posey grew up) or Tallahassee (where he went to school at Florida State) airing Giants games.
And when you consider an area like South Jersey where fans have the Phillies, Mets, and Yankees all close by, I'd be interested to know just how many listeners Trout and the Angels will draw. If Trout struggles or gets hurt, it could be a disaster. But if he continues the incredible start to his career and people in South Jersey listen, it could represent a trend of featuring local professional stars going forward.
A much smaller market, obviously, but for years a radio station in Jamestown, North Dakota carried the Angels games because of Jamestown native Darin Erstad.
Actually Joe, out here in Portland along with 1 station and it's sister station broadcasting all of the Seattle Mariners games, we have also had 1 AM Staton air between 120-130 of the San Francisco Giants Regular Season games and most of their Playoff games since the 1996 MLB Regular Season, although they air 40 % of the game on Tape Delay however and that same radio station aso broadcasts most of the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers NFL Regular Season and all of their NFL Playoff Games too which they started doing starting with the 2002 NFL Season!
Not really a rarity in the NFL where I know the Bears have flagship stations in Arizona, and the Raiders in Hawaii! But true MLB NEVER till this story!
As a former employee of said station, I think it's interesting to see them pick up the Angels especially since the station (all of 1000 watts during the day) can't even be heard in most of Trout's hometown of Millville.
That's outstanding. I wish an Atlanta station would carry D-Backs games because of Martin Prado. I know it's different, but I'm gonna miss Marteen.