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SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 welcomes Pittsburgh Pirates broadcasts to lineup
Paul Swann, Program Director of SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 (WRVC-AM/FM), announced the Bucs' broadcasts will debut on April 14, when the Pirates battle their National League Central Division rival, the Cincinnati Reds. Airtime is 6:40 p.m. The broadcast year includes more than 140 regular-season games, as well as the postseason.
SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 becomes the 10th West Virginia station on the Pirates’ 40-station network, where the broadcast team includes Greg Brown, Tim Neverett and former Pirates Bob Walk, Steve Blass and John Wehner.
Pittsburgh finished with a winning record in 2013 for the first time since 1992, securing a their 82nd win (of 162 regular season games) last year on Sept. 9, then clinched a playoff spot on Sept. 23.
After the regular season, the Pirates beat the Reds in the NL Wild Card Game before falling in Game 5 of the NL Divisional Series to the St. Louis Cardinals. This season, the Pirates occupy second place in the NL Central after eight games.
"We are proud to add the Pittsburgh Pirates to our SuperTalk lineup, and are sure fans will enjoy listening to Pirates baseball all season long," Swann said. "With the Class A affiliate of the Pirates -- the West Virginia Power -- just 45 minutes away in Charleston, it seemed like a natural to add the parent club, where many of these players hope to play."
The Pirates were part of the first Major League Baseball radio broadcast in history, as Pittsburgh’s KDKA – the nation’s first commercial radio station -- aired a Philadelphia Phillies-Pirates game from Forbes Field on Aug. 5, 1921.
WRVC-AM is the oldest operational radio station in the state of West Virginia, bringing news, talk and sports to the Tri-State since being licensed in 1924. The station is celebrating its 90th year of broadcasting.
SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 are simulcasts of programming on the AM and FM dial, and serves as an affiliate for Marshall football, basketball and baseball as well as Huntington High football, NFL and Cincinnati Bengals football, as well as events like the NCAA basketball tournament, bowl games, the World Series, the Super Bowl, NASCAR and the NBA.
WRVC has a daytime 930 AM signal of 5,000 daytime watts reaching the 325,000 potential listeners living in the Huntington-Ashland, Ky.-Ironton, Ohio, metro area -- including Cabell, Putnam and Wayne Counties in W.Va. -- while 94.1 FM is 24-7 clear signal broadcasting for anyone in the immediate Huntington area.
"The top teams that fans in our region root for come from Ohio and Pennsylvania, so it made sense for us to add the Pirates as a listening option for fans of National League baseball in our area, complementing our Bengals and other sports coverage," said Mike Kirtner, President of Kindred Communications. "It gives us year-round coverage of high school, college and professional sports for fans living in the Tri-State region."
Tune in Monday at 6:40 p.m. for the inaugural broadcast of the Pittsburgh Pirates on SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930, the new Tri-State home of Bucs' baseball.
Pirates broadcast schedule for April on SuperTalk:
at Cincinnati Reds, April 14-16, 6:40 p.m. airtime on Monday-Tuesday, 12:05 p.m. airtime on Wednesday, at Great American Ball Park;
Milwaukee Brewers, April 17-20, 6:40 p.m. airtime on Thursday-Saturday, 1:05 p.m. airtime on Sunday at PNC Park;
Cincinnati Reds, April 21-24, 6:40 p.m. airtime on Monday-Wednesday, 12:05 p.m. airtime on Thursday at PNC Park.
at St. Louis Cardinals, April 25-27, 7:45 p.m. airtime on Friday, 3:35 p.m. airtime on Saturday and 1:45 p.m.airtime for Sunday, at Busch Stadium.