Twins announce new broadcast home, continue partnership with 1500 ESPN
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The Minnesota Twins announced on Wednesday morning they will have a new radio play-by-play home in 2013 while continuing to partner with 1500 ESPN Twin Cities on year-round Twins programming.
The team's new partnership with Northern Lights Broadcasting -- owned by the Pohlad family, which also owns the Twins -- means broadcasts of all regular-season and postseason games will air on the music-format station 96.3 K-TWIN.
Ancillary programming including "The Ron Gardenhire Show," "Inside Twins" and the "Talkin' Twins" offseason hot-stove show will continue to air on 1500 ESPN and the stations of the Treasure Island Baseball Network.
"While the team is excited about the new partnership with K-TWIN 96.3 FM, the Twins are equally thrilled to have this opportunity to maintain our successful relationship with Hubbard Broadcasting and 1500 ESPN," Twins President Dave St. Peter said in a media release.
"In short we are pleased that 1500 ESPN will serve as the ball club's 'Official Talk Station' and will continue to be the exclusive home of signature Twins ancillary programs."
Twins games will continue to air on 1500 ESPN through the end of the 2012 season.
"We have truly enjoyed our play-by-play partnership with the Minnesota Twins for the past six seasons," said Dan Seeman, Market Manager of Hubbard Radio, which owns 1500 ESPN.
"During the past year the Twins have been clear about their intentions to move play-by-play to the FM radio station that they own. Knowing that K-TWIN will also play music throughout the day, we are pleased to continue the partnership as 'Official Talk Station' of the Minnesota Twins. Twins fans will continue to hear the most comprehensive and best Twins coverage they have come accustomed to hearing on 1500 ESPN."