North East RadioWatch: June 17, 2002

WBEC's Not Being Sold

by Scott Fybush

We'll close out this week with the last installment of our annual baseball guide, as we look at the single-A teams in the region, most of which start their New York-Penn League season this week.

Up in Vermont, the Expos remain on WKDR (1390 Burlington), which shares some games with sister station WDEV (550 Waterbury), while the Lowell Spinners stay on WCCM (800 Lawrence) and fans wonder why they're hearing CJAD at the ballpark during night games.

The newest team in New York is the Tri-City Valley Cats, who moved to the Capital District this year from Pittsfield (where they had been the Mets and then the Expos) - and do they ever get a big signal! George Miller will do the Cats' play-by-play on 50-kilowatt WPTR (1540 Albany) for the entire 76-game season.

There's no radio for the Oneonta Tigers; the Hudson Valley Renegades will return to WBNR (1260 Beacon) and WLNA (1420 Peekskill); the Brooklyn Cyclones get their schedule on cross-Hudson WSNR (620 Newark NJ) and the Staten Island Yankees not only get radio on WSIA (88.9 Staten Island) but 9 TV games on the Yanks' YES network.

Upstate, the Auburn Doubledays are on WDWN (89.1 Auburn), while the Batavia Muckdogs (the favorite team of Freckles, the NERW Wonder Dog) get their away games on WBSU (89.1 Brockport) and the Jamestown Jammers appear on WKSN (1340).

The New Jersey Cardinals' home games will be on WNNJ (1360 Newton) and WHCY (106.3 Blairstown), while down the shore, the Lakewood Blue Claws are already playing on WHTG (1410 Eatontown).

In Pennsylvania, you'll catch the Williamstown Crosscutters on WRAK (1400 Williamsport) and WRKK (1200 Hughesville), and up in Quebec City, les Capitales are on CHYZ (94.3 Ste.-Foy).

While we're at it, the independent Northern League can also be heard on the radio in the region this summer: in Massachusetts, the Brockton Rox are on WBET (1460), while Pittsfield gets the new Berkshire Black Bears in the old Expos/Astros slot on WBRK-FM (101.7). In New York, it's the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs - but they're off the air after a few games on WOFX (980 Troy) - and the Elmira Pioneers on WWLZ (820 Horseheads).

The New Jersey Jackals play on WJUX (99.7 Monticello NY - make that W276AQ on 103.1 in Fort Lee!), while the Allentown Ambassadors are on WEST (1400 Easton).

And that's it for another week. We're on the road (if you're down in the NY/NJ/CT area, drop us a line!) until next week's issue, which will appear a day or so late. See you next Tuesday!

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