Cleveland Indians, WTAM reach 5-year deal


The Indians and Clear Channel’s WTAM AM Cleveland have signed a five-year deal that allows the station to carry the team’s games. Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will remain as announcers.

WTAM will broadcast all regular season Tribe games. WTAM will carry 15 games from spring training every year and will distribute all games to the 26 stations on the Indians radio network throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania, reported The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The team also announced that WMMS-FM will simulcast an estimated 144 of its games per season over the length of the contract. Indians pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Goodyear, AZ, on 2/10.

WTAM has carried Indians games on the radio since 1998. This will be Tom Hamilton’s 24th season as the voice of the Indians. Rosenhaus is entering his second year as Hamilton’s full-time partner and seventh season as part of the broadcast team.

In December, the Indians announced that they sold SportsTime Ohio to FOX for an estimated $230 million, guaranteeing an estimated $400 million in rights fees for at least the next 10 years. STO had televised Tribe games since 2006.

The Indians start Cactus League play on Feb. 22 against Cincinnati. They open the regular season April 2 in Toronto.

See the Plain Dealer story here