Now that the playoffs are here, radio and television coverage has expanded as the national rightsholders have taken over. Here’s a summary of what’s coming:
- Radio: In addition to the A’s Radio Network, ESPN Radio (via KNBR-1050) will cover the entire ALDS. According to KNBR’s Gary Radnich, the play-by-play man for ESPN’s broadcast will be veteran Ted Robinson, who last worked with the Mets and Giants and does Stanford football. Robinson, who was one of the names bandied about for the A’s 2nd play-by-play job (filled by Vince Cotroneo), had previously worked TV for both the A’s and Twins. If you’re unfortunate enough to be unable to pull in the A’s Radio Network, you could do far worse than Robinson, who is more than merely competent, does his research, and most importantly, spends a lot of time in the Bay Area and has familiarity with the market, so he isn’t tainted by East Coast bias. No word on who the color commentator is.
- TV: I haven’t heard who the broadcast team will be for ESPN’s TV coverage, but it most assuredly won’t be the normal Sunday night combo of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. It could very well be Dave O’Brien and Rick Sutcliffe, who are passable but won’t be lauded for in-depth knowledge of either team. If FOX picks up one or more of the weekend broadcasts, I’m guessing play-by-play will be picked up #2 man Josh Lewin (he of the slight lisp).
Enjoy the playoffs.
Update: According to this link, the Miller/Morgan team will cover the first game before moving to a different location. O’Brien/Sutcliffe will get games 2 & 3.