Monday, October 15, 2007

Finally, Los Angeles Can Get Its 9.30pm Traffic Reports

The Dodgers are moving away from KFWB and its critical post-game shows, and back to KABC 790 AM.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have reunited with KABC AM 790 as their flagship radio station, club owner Frank McCourt announced Monday. McCourt cited the station's strong signal as one of the reasons for making the switch. He said communicating with fans that aren't able to get to the ballpark is a team focus as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary in Los Angeles next year.

"Coming back to KABC is like coming home," McCourt said.

With the change, the Dodgers will have a Sunday night DodgerTalk show. Also, more Spring Training games will be broadcast than in recent years, although not every game will be carried.

KABC was the Dodgers' radio home for 25 seasons from 1973-1997. The Dodgers' flagship station from 2002-2007 was KFWB AM 980 and from 1998-2001 was KXTA AM 1150. Prior to that, they aired on KFI AM 640 for 13 years and KMPC AM 710 for two years.

Leading the Dodgers broadcast team is Hall of Famer Vin Scully, who returns for his 59th season at the Dodgers microphone. Scully broadcasts the entire game on television, with the first three innings simulcast on radio.

Random thoughts: (1) How would Frank McCourt know what "coming home to KABC would be like," since he wasn't the owner in the KABC era? (2) More Dodger shows and spring training game coverage is fine by me, so I'm in favor (so long as the signal strength is good). (3) Mention of Vin, but no mention of Charley? Or Rick? Or Jerry Reuss??? Hmm.