CBS RADIO Philadelphia and Spanish Béisbol Productions announced today that Spanish play by play of Philadelphia Phillies games will air LIVE on Phillies 24/7 as heard on 98.1 WOGL HD4 beginning Friday, May 3, 2013 when the Phils take on the Miami Marlins at 7:05 p.m. Broadcasts will include pregame and postgame coverage. The Spanish broadcast team consists of Bill Kulik, Rickie Ricardo and Angel Castillo.
Phillies 24/7, the first ever HD Radio multicast station exclusively dedicated to a Major League Baseball team airs continuously throughout the year. The channel features game re-broadcasts the following morning at 9:00 a.m. (in English) and will feature live Spanish play-by-play of every regular season Phillies game beginning Friday, May 3rd. In addition to game coverage, Phillies 24/7 broadcasts a full schedule of unique daily and weekly programs centered on the team. The channel also provides behind the scenes access at Citizens Bank Park and archived audio content.
Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia said, "We are excited to reach a new and growing audience with these broadcasts as we continue to expand our partnership with the Phillies. By carrying games on Phillies 24/7, CBS Radio Philadelphia is proud to expand coverage of Spanish play by play."
Added Bill Kulik, President of Spanish Béisbol Productions, "As the Spanish language broadcasters of the Philadelphia Phillies, Spanish Béisbol Productions is excited to have our signal carried on WOGL's HD signal. The Hispanic population of the US is forecast to grow 188% between 2000 and 2050. By comparison, the non-Hispanic population is forecast to grow just 29%. With the number of Spanish speaking Phillies fans experiencing explosive growth in our region, and the Latino passion for baseball, this is a service that I am certain will be well received by the Hispanic community."
"It is important for us to be able to speak to all of our fans, and I am very happy that CBS Radio has decided to partner with us in increasing our connection with the Latino community," said David Buck, Phillies Senior Vice President Marketing and Advertising Sales.
Kulik also manages broadcasts for the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Carolina Panthers games are expected to be added this fall.
Games can also be heard in English on the Phillies flagship radio station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT and also on SportsRadio 94WIP.
CBS RADIO, a division of CBS Corporation, is one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, with stations covering news, sports, talk, rock, country, Top 40, classic hits, and urban formats, among others. Reaching nearly 70 million unique over-the-air listeners on a weekly basis, the division operates 127 radio stations across 28 markets, including all of the Top 10. In Philadelphia, CBS RADIO owns and operates WPHT-AM, WIP-FM/AM, KYW-AM, and WOGL-FM.