Earlier today the Nashville Sounds and Cromwell Radio Group’s 102.5 “The Game” officially announced they’ve extended their partnership for the 2014 season, and 102.5 The Game will continue to be the Sounds’ flagship radio station for game broadcasts, which it’s been since 2012.
The italicized text below is a copy of the press release the Sounds’ sent out today. Below that I added a few key notes that I hope will be useful to you in knowing where, when and how to find the broadcasts. If you’ve been a loyal listener in the past, THANK YOU. If not, I hope you’ll become one. Call me biased (because I am), but nothing beats baseball on the radio in the spring, summer and fall. And for a multitude of reasons, namely this thing called a new Sounds ballpark (2015), this is a really exciting time to be a Sounds fan.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club is excited to announce an extension of its partnership with 102.5 “The Game” (WPRT-FM) as the team’s flagship station for game broadcasts during the 2014 season.
The Game, which has served as the team’s flagship station since 2012, will air all of the Sounds’ 144 games over the airwaves on 102.5 FM or 94.9 “Game 2″ in 2014.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with The Game. Their staff and on-air talent has exemplified a commitment to coverage of baseball in this market and has been a wonderful supporter for us,” said Sounds general manager Brad Tammen.
“We are very excited to continue our partnership with the Nashville Sounds and to be involved with this final historic season at Greer Stadium. We, along with all baseball fans in Nashville, congratulate the Sounds on their transition to the new ballpark at Sulphur Dell. The Sounds have been part of the fabric of Nashville’s sports community since 1978 and this partnership furthers our mission as the locally-owned sports stations to support our teams,” said Jeff Kolb, station manager of 102.5 The Game & 94.9 Game 2.
Sounds broadcasts which will be pre-empted from 102.5 FM and will instead air on 94.9 FM include: April 4, April 7, April 8, April 12, June 24, and July 30.
All game broadcasts will also be available to Sounds fans via a live internet webcast based at www.nashvillesounds.com.
Jeff Hem, the “Voice of the Sounds,” will be behind the microphone for all broadcasts during his third season in the Music City.
Broadcasts will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to game time and will include a 10-minute postgame show. The Sounds enter their tenth season as the Milwaukee Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2014. The partnership will also include the annual broadcast of the Triple-A All-Star Game, which is slated for July 16 in Durham, North Carolina.
102.5 The Game’s baseball coverage also includes regular appearances during the season by ESPN reporters Buster Olney and Jayson Stark and broadcasts of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” when there isn’t a conflict with a Sounds broadcast. The station also serves as the flagship station for the NHL’s Nashville Predators and airs Middle Tennessee State University football and men’s basketball games.
The Sounds kick off their 2014 season with an April 3rd road contest in Omaha and will host 72 home games at Greer Stadium in 2014, beginning with the 7:05 p.m. home opener against Omaha on Friday, April 11th. Please visit www.nashvillesounds.com for a complete schedule.
- The bottom line is that, as the schedule sits now, 138 of the Sounds’ 144 games are scheduled to air on 102.5 The Game. Great consistency on a far-reaching all-sports station that is committed to covering and talking about the Sounds and baseball in general.
- Similar to the previous two years, Sounds broadcasts will not air on 102.5 The Game when they would conflict with a Nashville Predators broadcast. As things sit now, with the Preds on the outside of the playoffs looking in, the Sounds would be bumped by the Preds to 94.9 “Game 2″ three times — April 4, April 8 and April 12. The Sounds also are scheduled to air on 94.9 Game 2 on April 7, as 102.5 The Game will carry the NCAA men’s basketball title game. On those dates, combined with a pair of dates later in the summer (1 in late June and 1 in late July), the Sounds will air on 94.9 Game 2 a total of six times (April 4, April 7, April 8, April 12, June 24 and July 30.
- Reminder #1 — for folks that live or spend a lot of time in Rutherford County (to the southeast of Nashville for outsiders), remember that 102.5 The Game simulcasts on 97.5 in the greater Murfreesboro area. You’ll find a much clearer signal on 97.5 if you’re down that way.
- Reminder #2 — the signal strength of 94.9 Game 2 is very strong. On the days/nights when the Sounds air there instead of The Game, you’ll find a good, clear signal for easy listening.
- Reminder #3 — it is VERY easy to listen to Sounds games on your smart phone or tablet. If you haven’t already, you will want to download the 102.5 The Game app right HERE for Apple or right HERE for Android. Easier yet, the iGo Radio app lets you quickly bounce back and forth between 102.5 The Game and 9 4.9 Game 2.
- Reminder #4 — regardless of which radio outlet has the Sounds on a given night, all the broadcasts also air via nashvillesounds.com, and THIS is the page that’ll take you to the audio feed.
- Opening Night is Thursday, April 3 in Omaha. Airtime on 102.5 The Game is set for 6:50 with a first pitch at 7:05. Join me!
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