Three weeks into a failed experiment to have Hudson Valley Renegades “radio” broadcasts solely on the internet, the team has announced a deal for Poughkeepsie radio station WKIP (1450-AM) and sister station WJIP (1370-AM) in Ellenville to air the games starting Friday.
Here’s the kicker: WKIP’s night signal is so weak that fans won’t be able to listen to the games at Dutchess Stadium, let alone outside of a small radius of Poughkeepsie. WJIP is a daytime station so listeners will lose the games at sunset, and that is most of the season.
Renegades games had been aired on Beacon’s WBNR (1260-AM) since the team’s inception in 1994, adding sister stations WLNA (1420-AM) in Peekskill and WGHQ (920-AM) in Poughkeepsie in recent years. The Pamal Broadcasting stations have gotten out of the sports business, dropping Army sports, Notre Dame football and Fox Sports Radio in recent years.
WKIP aired Renegades games in 1994 during the Major League Baseball strike — WKIP was a Mets radio network affiliate that season. WKIP has been the radio home of Marist College football and men’s basketball for over 35 years.