As a long-time Oakland A’s fan, the past few seasons have been tough in terms of getting a radio station to broadcast their games. Last week, the A’s finally got something good as they officially turned 95.7 FM into the new A’s flagship station.
As I listened to the station for the first time today, all I heard was talk about comparing Barry Zito to JaMarcus Russell. For the first hour of my listening, the supposed A’s flagship station talked about a San Francisco Giant and a non-issue former Raider for an hour. Why are they talking about old news for an hour?
A’s pitcher Dallas Braden just went on the DL and Rich Harden got moved from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. Yet during that entire hour, there was not ONE single mention of this move. Oh yeah, the A’s made a trade today and that wasn’t mentioned either.
I tried to contact the station via Twitter about this and they gave me a very bland response.
Not the answer I was looking for.
Here’s the thing. KNBR 680 AM is the top Bay Area sports station. They talk about the 49ers, Giants and Warriors. That’s their focus.
Fans of the A’s and Sharks don’t have such an outlet. The new station has advertised itself (as you can see by the graphic from their website) that they are all about the A’s and Sharks. Yet for the 90 minutes that I’ve had the radio on to this station — or really, when I actually listened — all the talk has been about Zito, Russell, 49ers and the Giants playing Colorado.
They mentioned the A’s for about five minutes, but none of that revolved around the DL moves and the trade.
I don’t listen to KNBR except when I want to get my Warriors fix. I barely even listen to KNBR for my 49ers fix. I had always wanted a station where they talked about the A’s all the time.
Sports Radio advertised themselves as such and fans were excited. But as you can see on their Facebook page, fans have actually lashed out at them about the nonsense of Giants talk.
The last thing this new station needs from its listeners is for them to switch back to KNBR or even 860 AM. For me, I just turned my radio off.
All I wanted was a station that was the alternative to KNBR. I wanted a station that talked about the topics that KNBR would never touch. Those topics are the A’s and Sharks. This new station advertised itself as such but after about 90 minutes of listening, it apparently isn’t what I had hoped it would be.
The two hosts they had on so far don’t seem to know anything about the A’s and I am just waiting for Chris Townsend to get on so I can actually listen to something good.
I’m not going to be extra harsh on this station as I am hoping that they see the feedback and make the changes accordingly. But on their first full day on the air, they got off on the wrong