Voices of change? • 11.14.10
Critiquing and discussing the media – including writers like me – is a big part of what sports fans do. Those of us in the business (should) understand that. It’s part of the deal.
When it comes to the radio and TV voices of a team, that criticism and discussion is even more magnified, which makes sense. These are the people that fans listen to all season long; of course they’re going to have an opinion on them. And of course there is going to be a lot of passion from both defenders and critics.
All of that is a long way of saying this: The Yankees radio deal with WCBS is up after the 2011 season and, as Bob Raissman points out, that could lead to the Yankees moving their radio broadcasts to a new station as well as changing their on-air talent.
Is either one definitely going to happen? No. There are a lot of factors that will be played out between now and the end of next season, so there’s no reason to think the games are going to be moving around on your radio dial or that John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman won’t continue in their current roles. It’s just worth noting that a new station is a possibility, and Raissman speculates that if the Yankees do sign with a different station than it’s more likely the new station will want to install a new broadcast team.
What does the future hold for the voices of the Yankees? Long story short: Stay tuned.