Nashville Sounds announce new flagship for radio broadcasts

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 6:10pm
Staff reports

Middle Tennessee’s newest all-sports talk radio station, The Game (WPRT-FM 102.5), is the new flagship station of the Nashville Sounds, the team and the station announced Wednesday.

The vast majority of the Sounds’ 144 games will air live on the station. Exceptions include conflicts with two Nashville Predators regular-season contests and any playoff games.

Games not carried live by The Game can be heard on the Nashville Sounds website or as a simulcast on 102.1 FM, 101.9 FM, and 830 AM.

"We are thrilled to partner with a growing sports station in the market and to expand our on-air broadcasts to include the majority of our games," Sounds general manager Brad Tammen said in a release announcing the deal.

Broadcasts, which will begin roughly 15 minutes before the first pitch, also will feature a new play-by-play voice this season. Jeff Hem was hired in January after seven years as a broadcaster with a Class A franchise in Illinois.

Nashville is the Class AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

"We are very excited to be partnering with the Nashville Sounds. 102.5 The Game is locally owned and part of our continuing efforts is to serve the local community,” Jeff Kolb, the station’s general manager said. “Nashville Sounds baseball has been providing great sports entertainment here for over 34 years and is a perfect fit for us.”

5 Comments on this post:

By: jwk6179 on 2/16/12 at 9:40

The hiring of a NEW VOICE of the Nashville Sounds, Jeff Hem, is the best news from the Nashville Sounds in a long time. Never cared for Stu Paul or his style of announcing the games. Sounded like he was doing a bad Jeff Brantly imitation.

By: PKVol on 2/16/12 at 9:40

Much better option than the 'home-only' schedule that 104.5 carried the past two seasons.

By: jwk6179 on 2/16/12 at 10:44

That was the problem with 104.5 the Zone, they wanted to be the flagship station (Titans, Vandy, Preds, Sounds, Belmont) or the excluvise Home in Middle Tennessee (Vols, Braves, Reds) to so many sports team, there just was enough hours in the week to carry them all. When you do that, someone gets snub and on most occassions, it was going to be the Sounds.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/16/12 at 4:49

I had no idea that there was a market for the broadcast of minor league baseball games. How many listeners are required to make a market? Surely there could not be more than 150 to 200 people interested in listening to one of these games.

By: Dore4Life on 2/16/12 at 11:35

Well, I can only speak for me, and I admit that I am most likely in the minority, but I would much rather listen to a Sounds game over a Titans or Predators game.

That being said, I would gladly give up the Nashville Sounds if the city of Los Angeles, California would trade us the LA Angels for the Titans. :)