FanPost

No Indians on the Radio in Columbus

Woke up this morning and looked at the sports on TV/radio schedule in the Dispatch this morning only to find out that WBNS was not carrying the game on the radio.  This is not that unusual for day games - very often in the past, WBNS has not carried day games because it conflicts with their talk schedule. So I checked the rest of the weekend and found that they weren't carrying any of those, either.  When I got into work, I checked their website - nothing. 

So, I then checked the Indians website to doublecheck their list of radio affiliates to see if I'd missed something. Good luck trying to find the link to the radio affiliates on the new indians.com. There was a sublink on one page that linked to the page that the link was on - in other words, nothing. 

I fired off an email to Dave Van Stone, the general manager of WBNS AM-FM.  Here is his response:

Hi Greg - 

Our contract with the Indians expired at the end of last season.  

The Indians are looking for an affiliate that can provide clearance of more games than we are able to provide them. 

I tweeted to Mark Shapiro asking why there was no radio affiliate list on the website and that there was no radio affiliate in Columbus.  I got a nice response a few minutes later from someone with the Indians telling me that they were working on it and offering me free online radio access, which was thoughtful, and pretty good customer service. I buy the Gameday Audio anyway because I like listening to baseball games, so it would be giving me something I already have. I declined, but thanked them for the offer.

Happy Opening Day, Central Ohio. Hope you can stay by your computer and don't have to run errands. WLOH (1320 AM, Lancaster) seems to still be carrying the games, as does WMRN (1490 AM, Marion). However, these are both relatively low power stations whose signals barely carry into Franklin County, if at all.

UPDATE: Was sent this link to radio affiliates by someone in the Tribe office. It seems to be of limited utility, however, since it still lists WBNS.  And, FWIW, the station that carried the games before WBNS, WMNI (920 AM), now carries the Clippers.  The list also includes AM 1430 in Newark, which might carry as far as Pataskala or Reynoldsburg, maybe New Albany if the conditions are right and you have some tinfoil and paperclips to attach to your receiver antenna. So that might be another option.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker