The Minnesota Twins confirmed that in 2013, Twins broadcasts will jump from Hubbard’s KSTP-AM ESPN Radio to KTWN-FM, which, like the Twins, is O&O’d by the Pohlad family.
The new agreement calls for KTWN to broadcast all regular and post-season games and at least 25 spring training games. The news, says the Star Tribune, was officially announced on KTWN at the end of a two-hour program Wednesday morning that originated from the Legends Club at Target Field.
As they have on ESPN 1500, the Twins will continue to produce the game broadcasts, including pre-game and post-game shows. During the season, KTWN will feature Twins coverage including game day shows often originating on-location from various places in and around Target Field. The Twins Radio Network has nearly 90 Upper Midwest affiliates.
Most sports play-by-play in the Twin Cities are now on FM: KFAN (100.3 FM), which broadcasts the Vikings, the Wild and University of Minnesota football, switched its signal from AM to FM last year. Lynx games are heard on BOB (106.1 FM). The only pro team on AM next year will be the Timberwolves on WCCO-AM.
It’s a transition playing out nationwide. The Pittsburgh Pirates went to FM in 2007; the Texas Rangers did likewise two years later. New York City’s ESPN radio station recently moved to FM to woo the Yankees, who will be free agents next season.