Entercom and Texas Rangers Announce Multiyear Contract Extension
105.3 The Fan in Dallas to Continue as Flagship Station for Texas Rangers Radio Network
PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 24, 2020 – Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the unrivaled leader in sports radio, and the Texas Rangers have announced a multiyear broadcast extension. As part of the agreement, 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) will continue serving as the flagship station of the Texas Rangers Radio Network and the team’s English language radio play-by-play broadcasts.
“We’re ecstatic to continue our rich history with the Texas Rangers and Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel on 105.3 The Fan,” said Brian Purdy, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas. “This year is extra special for Entercom Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas fans with the opening of the New Globe Life Field. As the unrivaled leader in local sports coverage, we are looking forward to continuing to provide fans with robust coverage of the team on and off the field.”
“The Rangers are very pleased to extend our agreement with Entercom,” said John Blake, Executive Vice President for Communications, Texas Rangers. “We have enjoyed a great relationship with 105.3 The Fan over the last five years. As we move to Globe Life Field in 2020, we are looking forward to working with Entercom and 105.3 The Fan to provide the best in baseball coverage to all Rangers fans. We really appreciate this partnership.”
As part of the agreement, the station will continue providing play-by-play coverage of all regular and postseason games broadcast, as well as select Spring Training games. The station will also continue to air live pregame and postgame shows. Sister station NewsRadio 1080 (KRLD-AM) will continue to carry any games that conflict with previously scheduled programming on 105.3 The Fan.
Play-by-play announcer Eric Nadel will return for his 42nd season of broadcasting Rangers baseball this season. The 2014 Ford C. Frick Award recipient will join Matt Hicks, who is returning for his eighth full year to call the majority of the games. Jared Sandler will return for his sixth year as host of the station’s pregame and postgame coverage, as well as play-by-play announcer for select broadcasts.
In addition to game broadcasts, 105.3 The Fan will also continue to air daily Rangers-themed programming featuring interviews with players, coaches and front office personnel.
105.3 The Fan has served as the radio home of the Rangers since 2015 and for 22 of the last 26 years beginning in 1995. From 1995 to 2008, all games were broadcast on NewsRadio 1080. After its launch in 2008, 105.3 The Fan became the first FM station to broadcast Rangers games by airing the team’s 2009-10 season weekday games.
The Texas Rangers Radio Network provides broadcasts of Rangers baseball games to more than 70 stations throughout Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The Rangers will continue to oversee all radio production and network elements of the broadcasts.
Listeners can tune in 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) in Dallas, as well as nationwide on the RADIO.COM app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
105.3 The Fan is a RADIO.COM station. RADIO.COM, the fastest growing digital audio app in the United States and the leader in local sports coverage, currently has over 500 stations and thousands of podcasts, with more added continuously on its rapidly growing platform. RADIO.COM is a part of Entercom.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 170 million people each month through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.audacyinc.wpengine.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).