Update Thursday 11:15 AM: The A's have announced that their new flagship station is 95.7 FM, KBWF "The Wolf".
“We are delighted to enter this partnership with Entercom. 95.7 The Wolf is one of the most powerful FM signals in Northern California,” said Ken Pries, the A’s Vice President of Broadcasting and Communications. “The Wolf offers the A’s an established Bay Area station which will reach many areas that our previous station could not, particularly Berkeley and the Oakland hills. It also has a repeater tower on Mt. Diablo that services the 680 corridor of Contra Costa County and Alameda County areas.”
---------we return you now to the old post from Monday:
The A's announced today that the Bay Bridge exhibition games will be on KFRC 1550 AM, not KTRB. Chris "Uncle Townie" Townsend's pregame and postgame shows will also be on KFRC. Speculation in the Joe Stiglich article linked above is that KFRC may be the broadcast home for Bay Area listeners all season if the KTRB receiver holds out for more money than the A's are willing to pay.
Stiglich thinks this is a bad thing because it would have been great if the A's owned KTRB and could use the station to promote the team. And if that had happened, or if it still happens, that would be great. But he also writes:
KTRB is a 50,000-watt station with a far stronger signal than KFRC
Well, KTRB may be 50,000 watts in theory, but it often sounds more like 50 watts in practice, as many of us have observed. KFRC also has a transmitter equipped modern conveniences such as electricity, and doesn't need to reduce power at night. However, KFRC doesn't come in well in San Jose. Here's the coverage map for KFRC-AM.
Please add links as they come in as well as your thoughts.