BALTIMORE -- Same product, different station. The Orioles announced Monday that they will switch radio networks next season, designating CBS Radio's WHFS-FM 105.7 as the team's new flagship station. Baltimore will still have the same broadcast team, and all 162 games will be available on the 16-station Orioles Radio Network.
The new partnership will yield several new features to the broadcast, such as pregame and postgame shows for every game. There will also be in-game interviews with coaches and managers, a new development for the team.
Gregg Bader, Baltimore's director of communications, addressed the changes in a prepared statement.
"The Orioles are excited to partner with CBS Radio Baltimore and to broadcast Orioles Baseball in FM stereo on such a prominent station," he said. "With five dominant stations reaching a range of listeners in Baltimore, CBS Radio will help the Orioles more effectively connect with our diverse fan base."
WHFS-FM 105.7 and ESPN 1300, both owned by CBS Radio, will carry Orioles programming year-round. WHFS will get most of the game-related material, and both channels will carry baseball-themed shows featuring manager Sam Perlozzo and executives Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette.
Robert Phillips, the senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Baltimore, added more perspective.
"The Orioles' rich tradition offers the perfect complement to our existing sports programming," he wrote in a prepared statement. "We are thrilled to bring this tradition to CBS Radio and WHFS 105.7. Baseball on FM Radio will allow listeners to enjoy a static-free, deeper, and richer sound."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.