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Twins to stay on WCCO radio through 2023, adds FM simulcast

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The team and Entercom struck a deal this week.

Herb Carneal, WCCO radio, Minnesota Twins pro baseball sports announcer. May 7, 1986, Star Tribune photo by John Croft. Photo by JOHN CROFT/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Tell your grandparents and tell your family! If you enjoy listening to the Minnesota Twins games on WCCO 830 AM, you’re in luck. If you enjoy listening to the Twins games on the radio in the Twin Cities area, but want that FM flavor instead, you’re also in luck.

The Twins and Entercom, which is the parent company of WCCO, reached an agreement to extend the radio contract to carry Twins games on WCCO Radio through the 2023 season. This announcement comes before the franchise and WCCO Radio kicks off their 50th anniversary of partnership. In addition, the baseball games will be simulcast on KMNB 102.9 FM “The Wolf”, a country music station and a sister station to ‘CCO. KMNB will start airing live broadcasts of games this Saturday when Minnesota takes on the Detroit Tigers in the Dominican Republic.

The extension comes after the Twins radio broadcasts returned to WCCO in 2018, following an 11-year absence. After being with The Good Neighbor since the Twins came to town in 1961, the team left ‘CCO following the 2006 season. Games were broadcasted on KSTP 1500 AM from 2007 to 2012 and Pohlad-owned KTWN 96.3 FM (now KQGO) “Go 96.3” from 2013 to 2017. There are no changes to the booth as Cory Provus and Dan Gladden are both under contract through 2021 and Kris Atteberry will continue to back up the duo outside his pre- and post-game shows.

With this new agreement, the Twins become the fourth team in Major League Baseball to carry both an AM and FM station as flagships in their immediate market. Cleveland, Atlanta, and Arizona also have an AM and FM station for their respective markets. Interestingly enough, the addition of an FM simulcast flagship station for a team comes within the same month as an MLB team pulling the plug on having a local flagship station altogether.

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Which modulation transmission do you prefer when listening to Twins games?

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  • 34%
    AM
    (65 votes)
  • 56%
    FM
    (106 votes)
  • 8%
    XM
    (16 votes)
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