The team’s radio arrangement has irritated fans since the summer of 2005, when the club abandoned the powerhouse signal of KMOX (1120 AM), the broadcast home for more than five decades, in favor of buying a controlling interest in weaker KTRS (550 AM) and moving the broadcasts there.
But there is an exit clause after this season, and sources say KMOX is pushing to get the Cardinals back. Another possibility is a partnership between KTRS and WXOS (101.1 FM), which has a strong signal that fills gaps left by KTRS. WXOS made a pitch for such an arrangement this season but was turned down.
Cardinals president Bill Dewitt III said that in addition to economics, factors being weighed include the reach of the signal plus “the history of relationships (with stations) that have been recent and in the past. All that filters into the mix.
“And one of the things that is the main driver is how fans react,” he added. “That’s something we try to keep the pulse of.”
More than two-thirds of participants in a survey in each of the past two years on the Post-Dispatch’s website, STLtoday.com, voted for KMOX when asked to pick the station they want to broadcast the games.
The Cardinals’ broadcast decisions are expected before the end of July.
Source: Dan Caesar
Oswalt is under contract for $15 million this year and $16 million in 2011. The following season he has a $16 million team option or a $2 million buyout. Despite the 32-year-old’s stellar track record (3.21 career ERA), his pricetag will obviously scare off a few teams.
the potential trade destinations that interest Oswalt are St. Louis, Texas and Atlanta. But if he’s requesting/demanding a move, then presumably he’s open to other options. Considering the abysmal run-support situation in Houston, Oswalt’s fantasy value is almost certain to increase. I tend to think that Oswalt will stay out of the AL. I would love to see him lay for my home team but I think the Astros may not want to tade him to the Cardinals. I guess we will see what happens next,
Larry the Cable Guy.
Do you see the striking resemblance?
Rick Ankiel was finally put on the DL due to a strained muscle quad. With an opening on the roster the Royals called up Kila Ka’ahue. Kila was hitting .304 with 7 home runs and 20 RBIs at the AAA team in Omaha. With Kila back on the team the Royals need to find a way to keep him on the team. Most people don’t know that Kila’s dad Kala played on the St.louis Cardinals farm team. Here is some more information on Kila:
Full name is Micah Kilakila Ka’aihue…name is pronounced “KEY-luh Kuh-eye-HOO-a”…resides in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife, Blair…Graduated from Iolani (Honolulu, Hawaii) High in 2002…father, Kala, spent 11 years in the minor leagues with the Pirates, Cardinals, Padres and White Sox organizations…brother, Kala Jr., is currently a prospect in the Oakland Atheltics system…sister, Elizabeth, plays volleyball at the University of Hawaii…Participated in 2009 Royals Caravan and 2009 FanFest.