North East RadioWatch: April 9, 1998

WAAF Fires Jocks

by Scott Fybush

Are you ready for some baseball? The majors started playing earlier in the week, and now the minors have started, too -- all except the short-season A New York-Penn League, which doesn't begin play until later in the season. Here's where you'll find the action this season around our region:

The Red Sox flagship once again this season is WEEI (850) in Boston, although DX listeners anywhere to the west and south will get a better signal at night from WTIC (1080) in Hartford. A few changes to the network this year: WJTO (730) in Bath, Maine has been replaced by WXGL (95.5 Topsham) after 'JTO owner Bob Bittner decided not to continue carrying the Sox. On the New Hampshire seacoast, WTSN (1270 Dover) was outbid by WTMN (1380 Portsmouth) for Sox rights, though for night games the signals of WQEZ (104.7 Kennebunk) and even WEEI are likely to be better for Seacoast listeners outside Portsmouth itself. On the Cape, Ernie Boch's WWKJ (101.1 Mashpee) will carry the games.

The Yankees keep WABC (770) as their New York flagship, along with the usual smattering of southern New England affiliates, while the Blue Jays move from CJCL (590) to CHUM (1050), which should be an easier catch in the US. Other Jays affiliates with decent signals to the south include CHAM (820) Hamilton, CKLY (910) Lindsay -- although it'll move to 91.9 FM mid-season, CJBK (1290) London, CHOK (1070) Sarnia, and even CJCH (920) up there in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

WFAN (660) remains the place to turn for Mets action, while Expos fans on this side of the border try to tune in CIQC (600).

The Pawtucket Red Sox will apparently be on WSKO (790 Providence), although the official team website isn't completely clear on this one. Syracuse's SkyChiefs and the Rochester Red Wings remain on WHEN (620) and WHTK (1280), respectively. The Buffalo Bisons are new to the IL this season, fresh from the defunct American Association, and DXers everywhere will hear their games on WWKB (1520).

The Portland Sea Dogs play on WZAN (970) again this season. In Connecticut, we ran down the Rock Cats and Ravens networks last week; the Norwich Navigators will play their entire season on flagship WSUB (980 Groton) along with WILI (1400 Willimantic) and WERI (1230 Westerly RI). WICH (1310) in Norwich will join the network for 103 games, and the WMRD (1150 Middletown)/WLIS (1420 Old Saybrook) simulcast will carry Navigators action as well. The Binghamton Mets return to WNBF (1290) for another season.

When action starts in June, here's the tentative radio lineup: The Auburn Doubledays will be on WMBO (1340). WBTA (1490) will be home to the newly-renamed Batavia Muck Dogs. The Hudson Valley Renegades will be heard on WBNR (1260) in Beacon. Jamestown's Jammers will play on WKSN (1340), while the Lowell Spinners will be heard on WLLH (1400). The Pittsfield Mets stay on WBRK (1340), and the Vermont Expos continue their long relationship with WVMT (620) in Burlington. Across the border, CHSC (1220) carries the St. Catharines Stompers. And pity the poor fans of the Oneonta Yankees, Utica Blue Sox, and Watertown Indians; they have no radio coverage at all.

And that's it for this week; we'll see you again next Thursday!

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