MLB Network Radio

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MLB Network Radio
Mlbnetworkradio.jpg
Broadcast area United States
Canada
Branding MLB Network Radio
Slogan XM's 24/7 Major League Baseball Channel
Frequency XM 89
SR 209
First air date 2005
Format Sports Radio
Class Satellite Radio Station
Owner Sirius XM Radio
Website mlbnetworkradio

MLB Network Radio (formerly MLB Home Plate) is an American sports talk radio station on XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio that features Major League Baseball related talk shows, as well as archives and live reports.

MLB Home Plate launched in February 2005, as an incentive to entertain the new listeners who signed up for XM's Major League Baseball deal when the games were not on. MLB Network Radio is carried on XM channel 89, and was added to the "Best of XM" package on Sirius Satellite Radio on December 10, 2008, airing on channel 209.

First season on the air[edit]

MLB Home Plate launched at the start of the Major League Baseball season in 2005, ready to entertain the new customers who bought XM to hear their favorite teams. It launched with a full lineup, and several guests immediately. On day one of broadcast, José Canseco made the claim to his former manager turned Home Plate host Kevin Kennedy that Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire took steroids during the 1998 Home Run Chase. XM Satellite Radio even put out a press release about the broadcast.[1] Around launch time, XM announced that they had signed Cal Ripken, Jr. to do a Saturday mid-morning show on Home Plate. The channel was aided throughout the season as XM's subscriber growth prediction exceeded what they expected, with retailers claiming that 15-17% of people who signed up for XM did it for baseball.

The end of the 2005 season was especially active as the satellite company carried both feeds of both teams during the post-season games, and four feeds per world series game (which included a promotion where XM gave out free Roady XTs to all who attended the first World Series 2005 game).

2006 - 2009[edit]

At the beginning of MLB's second season on XM Radio, XM Radio Canada decided to add all 14 MLB Play-by-Play channels to their platform. Canada already carried Home Plate, and now they would carry the complete Major League Baseball package barring XM 174 (Spanish broadcasts). In exchange, they would produce channel 179 with some select exclusive content, and make that channel the home for all the Toronto Blue Jays home games. XM Canada also produced interviews for play on the other play-by-play channels when no games were being aired.

In late April 2006, DirecTV removed the MLB Home Plate channel from their lineup. DirecTV wanted to go completely music programming. Talk channel High Voltage was also removed, but put back on the lineup within a week due to fan response. DirecTV also claims that there is a rights issue brewing over the MLB audio broadcasts, but this has been debated. On March 29, 2008, Home Plate was added to XM Radio Online.[2]

2010[edit]

On March 26, 2010, it was announced that MLB Home Plate will be rebranded to MLB Network Radio which will simulcast some MLB Network programs such as MLB Tonight and Hot Stove.[3] Their programming was also changed with the rebranding.

2011[edit]

Effective May 4, 2011 SiriusXM revamped their entire channel line up. For the first time MLB Network Radio was moved away from the play by play to channel 89, after 6 years on channel 175. The Sirius channel was also changed from channel 210 to 209.

On-air staff[edit]

See also MLB Network#On-air staff

Holden Kushner - Co-host of Baseball Today along with Jim Duquette airs Sunday's from 10am-1pm est. Kushner has been with the channel since its inception in 2005.

Former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JOSE CANSECO CLAIMS SAMMY SOSA AND MARK McGWIRE TOOK STEROIDS DURING 1998 HOME RUN CHASE ON XM SATELLITE RADIO'S MLB HOME PLATE CHANNEL; PETE ROSE TELLS XM HE SUSPECTS CANSECO MOTIVATED BY MONEY" (Press release). XM Satellite Radio. 2005-02-15. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  2. ^ "XM Satellite Radio's MLB Home Plate to Air on XM Radio Online" (Press release). PR Newswirevia xmradio.com. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-03-29. "Starting March 29, MLB Home Plate Channel Will be Available on the Internet for the First Time." 
  3. ^ MLB Rebrands XM Radio Channel to MLB Network Radio - Extending television brand, programs to satellite radio service Broadcasting & Cable March 26, 2010
  4. ^ XM's 'Baseball Beat' Signs Off

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