WFAN, WADO strike deal to air Yankees games


YankeesCBS Radio’s WFAN-AM/FM NYC has reached a multi- year agreement with Univision Radio’s WADO-AM 1280 in that market to air the regular season and post season New York Yankees baseball games in Spanish.

All game broadcasts will be produced by WFAN, which is entering the first year of a long-term agreement with the Yankees to serve as the team’s flagship radio broadcaster. WADO has carried Yankees games in Spanish since the mid-‘90s.

WADO’s first broadcast in Spanish via WFAN production will be the Yankees regular season opening game on 4/1 against the Houston Astros. Spanish play-by-play commentary will be provided by Rickie Ricardo and Francisco Rivera.

“WADO is the radio voice of the Spanish community and we are pleased to continue our relationship with the station and the audience they serve,” said Don Bouloukos, SVP and Market Manager, CBS Radio New York.

“WADO-1280AM is one of the leading Spanish language News/Talk/Sports station in the United States and we are proud to partner with WFAN and the New York Yankees,” Felix Perez, VP/GM for WADO, Univision Radio New York. “As the Spanish language home of the Yankees since the mid 1990’s, we know how much the Hispanic community loves baseball and we’re committed to bringing them the play-by-play of one of the most beloved teams in the region.”

A radio veteran of 33 years including 17 in New York, Ricardo spent the past seven years calling Philadelphia Phillies games and has also served as the Spanish language voice of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Additionally, he works as a radio host at CBS Radio’s Sports radio 94WIP-FM in Philadelphia.

Since 1995, Rivera has been involved in baseball as a color commentator and play-by-play announcer, including calling Yankees games full-time on the radio since the 2005 season.  A native of Morovis, Puerto Rico, Rivera began his communications career covering NBA basketball for WADO and was later one of the pioneers of the talk show “WADO Deportivo” (WADO Sports) where he worked until 2003.