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Current Broadcasters and Stadium Announcer

Oakland Athletics' games are broadcast on 18 radio stations in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. KYCY (1550 AM) in San Francisco became the new Athletics flagship station in 2006. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... KYCY is a talk radio station based in San Francisco broadcasting on 1550 AM. It identified itself as KYOU Radio and its tag line is Open Source Radio. External links KYOU Radio AM Radio Stations in the San Francisco Bay Area By Frequency: 560 | 610 | 680 | 740 | 810 | 910 | 960...

Bill King, Lon Simmons, Ray Fosse

On January 13, 2006, the Athletics announced their 2006 radio broadcasting team will consist of Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo doing play-by-play. Korach, A's play-by-play announcer since 1996, moved up to the lead position with the death of Bill King. Cotroneo has had 13 years of major-league experience, most recently with the Texas Rangers. King, who died October 18, 2005, was the lead radio voice of the Athletics for 25 years, from 1981 through 2005, the longest tenure as an A's announcer since the team's games were first broadcast in 1938. King was paired in the booth with Lon Simmons from 1981 through 1995. Former A's catcher Ray Fosse has served as the broadcast team's analyst since 1986. Since 2001 Steve Bitker has served as a back-up play-by-play announcer, averaging about 20 games per season. He has had limited appearances in 2006, filling in when Korach was on vacation. Ken Korach is a play by play announcer for the Oakland Athletics. ... Bill King (born 1927(?) – October 18, 2005) was the radio voice of the Oakland Athletics for twenty-five years (1981-2005), the longest tenure of any As announcer since the teams games were first broadcast in Philadelphia in 1938. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26,34,42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... Lon Simmons is a former American baseball and football broadcaster. ... Raymond Earl Fosse (born April 4, 1947) is an American former Major League Baseball catcher who played primarily for the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics. ...


King, a native of Bloomington, Illinois, was perhaps the most well-known sports announcer in the Bay Area, having previously handled play-by-play work for football's Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders (1966-1992) and basketball's San Francisco and Golden State Warriors (1962-1983). His trademark catchphrase, "Holy Toledo!" was familiar to Northern California sports fans for over forty years. King and his fellow Athletics radio announcers, Ken Korach and Ray Fosse, were ranked as the 2nd best broadcast team in the American League by USA Today in 2005.[1] location in McLean County, Illinois Coordinates: Founded 1822 Incorporated Dec. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Steve Sarkisian Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California, United States. ... Ken Korach is a play by play announcer for the Oakland Athletics. ... Raymond Earl Fosse (born April 4, 1947) is an American former Major League Baseball catcher who played primarily for the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... USA Today is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. ...


Glen Kuiper and Tim Roye, the Athletics' television play-by-play announcers, are relatively new in this role, having started calling A's games in 2004. From 1991-2003, the team's primary TV play-by-play announcer was Greg Papa. A's games are broadcast on station KICU and Fox Sports Net Bay Area, and other stations on the Athletics' TV network. Greg Papa is a Multi-Sports On-Air Broadcaster Extraordinaire. ... KICU-TV, known as Action 36 Cable 6, is a television station in San José, California that broadcasts on analog channel 36. ...


Robert Buan has held the position of Athletics broadcasting manager since 1995. Additionally, he hosts the "Extra Innings" radio post-game show, in which fans may call in to talk about the A's with Buan or a guest. The show is often from the stadium or in a studio. Select shows are broadcast from local bars or restaurants before a live audience.


Roy Steele has been the Athletics' stadium announcer at the Coliseum every year since the team's move to Oakland in 1968. His booming baritone voice has earned him the Voice of God moniker among A's fans, although it was first bestowed upon him by sports announcer Jon Miller after a visit to the Coliseum as a fan sitting in the stands. Ironically, Steele had been an independent Baptist minister for 17 years before being named stadium announcer, and finds the name "a little overpowering." From 1968 through 2004, Steele had missed fewer than ten home games, but an illness (achalasia, a rare disorder of the esophagus) in September 2005 prevented Steele from announcing several games including most of the final homestand. The 73-year-old Steele has not yet to returned to the Athletics in 2006, remaining at his home in Auburn, California while recovering. His interim replacement has been Dick Callahan, who also announced for the Golden State Warriors. Jon Miller (born October 11, 1977 in San Francisco, California) is an American sportscaster, known primarily for his broadcasts of Major League Baseball. ... Achalasia or acalasia is a failure of a ring of muscle (as a sphincter) to relax (completely). ... The esophagus (also spelled oesophagus/Å“sophagus), or gullet is an organ in vertebrates which consists of a muscular tube through which food passes from the mouth area to the stomach. ... Auburn is the county seat of Placer County, California, USA. The population was 12,462 at the 2000 census. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California, United States. ...


Previous Broadcasters

Early Broadcast Team

In 1938, a young Texan named Byrum Saam became the first radio voice of the A’s. Saam, later joined by Claude Haring, broadcast all the Athletics’ home games on station WIBG. Because Saam and Haring also broadcast Phillies’ home games as well, A’s road games were only broadcast when there was no conflict with a Phillies home game. Even so, the team's road game broadcasts were what were called “ticker tape games” in that era. Saam and Haring would broadcast from studios in Philadelphia, reconstructing the game from telegraphic feeds brought in by assistants. Beginning in 1950, the Athletics began broadcasting all games, home and away, on WIBG with Saam and Haring accompanying the team on road trips. (The Phillies hired their own announcers in 1950 and broadcast their games on a different radio station.) Their tenure as A's broadcast announcers came to an end after the 1954 season, when the team was sold and moved. Byrum F. Saam, Jr. ... WIBG is a religious radio station from Ocean City, New Jersey. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,14,20,32,36 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) unofficially Philadelphia Blue Jays (1944-1945) Philadelphia Phillies (1883-2006) Philadelphia Quakers (1882-1882) Worcester Rubylegs (1880-1881) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1944... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ...


When the Athletics moved to Kansas City for the 1955 season, Merle Harmon and Billy Ray were hired as play-by-play announcers. Harmon remained the voice of the A’s until 1962, when then-owner Charles O. Finley replaced him with Monte Moore, an Oklahoma native. Moore came west with the team’s move to Oakland in 1968, remaining the team’s principal radio voice through the 1977 season, and its television voice until his retirement in 1980. He came out of retirement in 1985 to handle local TV play-by-play on a part-time basis with Ted Robinson until 1988, and full-time thereafter until Dick Stockton replaced him to start the 1993 season. Nickname: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Charles Oscar Finley (February 22, 1918 - February 19, 1996) was an American businessman who enjoyed a tenure as the flamboyant owner of the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... Ted Robinson (born on July 19, 1957 in Queens) is one of the United States most recognizable sportscasters. ... Dick Stockton (born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American sportscaster. ...


Moore was disliked and mistrusted by many of the team’s players over the years. He was often accused of being owner Finley’s “mole,” whose job it was to spy on the players and report back to Finley. In particular, Moore was accused of reporting to Finley an incident which took place on the team’s airline flight from Boston to Kansas City in August, 1967, in which several players allegedly were drunk and making “suggestive” remarks to flight attendants. Manager Alvin Dark and star player Ken Harrelson were fired by Finley as a result. Moore consistently denied all such accusations. Alvin Ralph Dark (born January 7, 1922 in Comanche, Oklahoma), nicknamed Blackie and The Swamp Fox, is a former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Kenneth Smith Hawk Harrelson (born September 4, 1941 in Woodruff, South Carolina), nicknamed The Hawk, due to his distinctive profile, is a former first baseman and outfielder in Major League Baseball who currently serves as a broadcast announcer for the Chicago White Sox. ...


During Moore’s tenure, he had a number of co-announcers with him in the booth, including Harry Caray, Bob Elson, Al Helfer, Red Rush, and Jim Woods, all of whom had achieved fame as major-league broadcasters elsewhere before joining the A’s, and Jon Miller, who went on to success with the Orioles and Giants. Former major league players Curt Flood, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, and Jim Piersall served as A’s announcers at one time, as did former player and manager Bill Rigney. Harry Caray memorialized in a statue near Wrigley Field in Chicago. ... Bob Elson (March 22, 1904 - March 10, 1981) was a pioneering American sportscaster. ... Jon Miller (born October 11, 1977 in San Francisco, California) is an American sportscaster, known primarily for his broadcasts of Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT&T Park (2000... Curt Flood challenged Major League Baseballs reserve clause. ... Reginald Martinez Jackson (born May 18, 1946), nicknamed Mr. ... Harmon Clayton Killebrew (b. ... James Anthony Piersall (born November 14, 1929 in Waterbury, Connecticut) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball. ... William Joseph Rigney (January 29, 1918 - February 20, 2001) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ...


On September 16, 1964, Betty Caywood, previously a television weather analyst, was hired by owner Finley to join the broadcasting crew, becoming the first female play-by-play broadcaster in major league baseball. She finished out the 1964 season, but did not return in 1965.


Broadcasters through the Years

 

Harry Caray memorialized in a statue near Wrigley Field in Chicago. ... Bob Elson (March 22, 1904 - March 10, 1981) was a pioneering American sportscaster. ... Curt Flood challenged Major League Baseballs reserve clause. ... Raymond Earl Fosse (born April 4, 1947) is an American former Major League Baseball catcher who played primarily for the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics. ... Hank Greenwald is a former Major League Baseball announcer, best known for his two tenures as the lead play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco Giants. ... Reginald Martinez Jackson (born May 18, 1946), nicknamed Mr. ... Harmon Clayton Killebrew (b. ... Bill King (born 1927(?) – October 18, 2005) was the radio voice of the Oakland Athletics for twenty-five years (1981-2005), the longest tenure of any As announcer since the teams games were first broadcast in Philadelphia in 1938. ... Ken Korach is a play by play announcer for the Oakland Athletics. ... Jon Miller (born October 11, 1977 in San Francisco, California) is an American sportscaster, known primarily for his broadcasts of Major League Baseball. ... Greg Papa is a Multi-Sports On-Air Broadcaster Extraordinaire. ... Jim Peterson The Honourable James Scott Jim Peterson, PC, MP, BA, LLM (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian politician and former Minister of International Trade. ... James Anthony Piersall (born November 14, 1929 in Waterbury, Connecticut) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball. ... William Joseph Rigney (January 29, 1918 - February 20, 2001) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Ted Robinson (born on July 19, 1957 in Queens) is one of the United States most recognizable sportscasters. ... Byrum F. Saam, Jr. ... John Shrader John Shrader was a sports anchor and fill in host for KNBR (680 AM), San Francisco, known locally as The Sports Leader. ... Lon Simmons is a former American baseball and football broadcaster. ... Dick Stockton (born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American sportscaster. ... Wayne Walker (b. ...

References

  • Jordan, David M. The Athletics of Philadelphia: Connie Mack's White Elephants, 1901-1954. McFarland & Co., Jefferson NC, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-0620-8.
  • Peterson, John E. The Kansas City Athletics: A Baseball History 1954-1967. McFarland & Co., Jefferson NC, 1999. ISBN 0-7864-1610-6.
  • 2006 Oakland Athletics Media Guide.
  • Knapp, Gwen, "Voice of God," San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 2006.

 
 

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