Orioles Return To WBAL
February 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM (PT)
The BALTIMORE ORIOLES are moving back to HEARST Talk WBAL-A/BALTIMORE after four seasons on crosstown CBS RADIO Sports WJZ-F (105.7 THE FAN) (and predecessor Talk WHFS (105.7 FREE FM)), report the BALTIMORE SUN and DCRTV.COM. Terms of the deal were not disclosed other than that it is a multi-year deal and that JOE ANGEL and FRED MANFRA will return to call the games and BRETT HOLLANDER will host a new "ON DECK" pre-game show.
WBAL was the O's flagship for 19 consecutive seasons and 41 overall (1957-78, 1988-2006) until moving to WHFS in 2007.
In a press release, WBAL VP/GM ED KIERNAN said, "We're thrilled to have the ORIOLES on 1090 AM, where they belong. This is the extension of a terrific tradition. For 41 of their 57 seasons, WBAL Radio has been the flagship for the ORIOLES. With our 50,000-watt signal, we can blanket the East Coast with our broadcasts. Now, all of the great teams of the AMERICAN LEAGUE's Eastern Division -- the YANKEES, the RED SOX and the ORIOLES -- will be heard on the AM dial."
The ORIOLES finished in last place again in 2010, 29 games behind the first-place TAMPA BAY RAYS and 19 games behind the fourth-place TORONTO BLUE JAYS (the RAYS and JAYS are also heard on AM).