Mariners Returning To KIRO
July 22, 2008 at 12:33 PM (PT)
It's official, as the SEATTLE MARINERS will be returning to BONNEVILLE Talk KIRO-A/SEATTLE for the 2009 season. The parties would not disclose terms, although the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER is reporting that the deal will pay the team $5.5 million per season for three years.
The MARINERS were heard on KIRO for 18 years until switching to crosstown FISHER News KOMO-A in 2003. The team's longtime play-by-play voice DAVE NIEHAUS, who will be inducted into the BASEBALL HALL OF FAME on SUNDAY, and fellow broadcasters RICK RIZZS, DAVE SIMS, and MIKE BLOWERS, employees of the team, are all expected to return.
"Returning to KIRO and BONNEVILLE feels like we’re going home,” said MARINERS President and Chief Operating Officer CHUCK ARMSTRONG. “KIRO was our flagship station for 18 years and we are looking forward to renewing our ties with one of the great stations and broadcast ownership groups in the nation.”
"We could not be more pleased about renewing the great tradition of MARINERS baseball on 710 KIRO," said BONNEVILLE SEATTLE Vice President and Market Manager CARL GARDNER. "NORTHWEST listeners know they can count on 710 KIRO for the very best in year-around MARINERS coverage. We also look forward to partnering with the MARINERS in service to our SEATTLE-area communities."