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WBAL NewsRadio, 98 Rock to serve as new flagship stations of Orioles Radio Network

The Orioles have partnered with Hearst’s 98 Rock FM and WBAL NewsRadio AM/FM as the team’s new flagship radio stations, the club announced Wednesday morning.

The six-year agreement will feature Orioles content on WBAL-TV, as well, but the team-owned Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will remain the exclusive host of Baltimore’s television broadcasts of games. 98 Rock (97.9 FM) and WBAL NewsRadio AM 1090 and FM 101.5 will broadcast all 162 regular-season Orioles games and select spring training games, though the schedules of Major League Baseball’s exhibition and regular seasons remain in the air with the league’s owners having locked out players as they work toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

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CBS Radio’s 105.7 The Fan previously served as the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network, which features seven states and 40 stations.

“The Orioles are thrilled to be working with Hearst Baltimore and their lineup of heritage radio stations to serve as the home of Orioles radio broadcasts,” said T.J. Brightman, Orioles Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, in a club statement. “This new partnership will not only serve our fans listening throughout Birdland but create more value for our club and corporate partners who utilize our radio assets to support their own brands and drive revenues using the power of Orioles baseball.”

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“The entire Hearst Baltimore Team feels like the Orioles have truly come home and are excited to have the O’s back and now on all our radio stations for the foreseeable future,” said Cary Pahigian, President and General Manager of WBAL FM/AM & 98 Rock, in a statement. “This iconic franchise is undoubtedly going to soon be a force in the AL East and for many years to come. We share the community’s enthusiasm with positive initiatives and plans underway within the entire Orioles organization. It’s a treasured opportunity to be partnered with Orioles baseball again, and we can’t wait to showcase the games on the radio.”

WBAL has a lengthy history as the Orioles’ radio partner, first broadcasting the team’s games in its fourth year in Baltimore in 1957. In all, WBAL has been the radio home of the Orioles for more than 40 years across the club’s first almost seven decades in the city. Adding WBAL-TV to the partnership, Brightman said, “was an absolute no brainer.”

“WBAL-TV looks forward to being part of this new unique partnership with the Orioles,” said Dan Joerres, President and General Manager of WBAL-TV, in a statement. “Through our various television, radio, digital, and social media platforms, we are excited to use our powerful broadcast assets to reach O’s fans throughout the state of Maryland.”

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