Are Mets headed for WPDH? Mets say so; station says no (updated again)

Are the New York Mets headed for powerful radio station WPDH-FM? A Mets representative included WPDH (101.5-FM) on its list of 2014 affiliates.
That would be good news for fans in the Hudson Valley since the WPDH signal is awfully strong, and new flagship station WOR (710-AM) has its signal weaken at night in the Valley. However, a key player at the station group says the Mets are not airing.
Frankly, I am a little surprised if the Mets did air on PDH  because it has such a strong rock ‘n roll following.
Hudson Valley’s WKXP (94.3) and WZAD (97.3), which have carried games in recent years, will do so once again.
In related news, the Yankees announced WFAN will produce Spanish-language broadcasts on WADO (1280-AM), a station that has carried Yankees baseball since the 1990s. Rickie Ricardo, who has been broadcasting Phillies games, and Francisco Rivera have the call.
The Mets will have most of their games aired in Spanish on WEPN (1050-AM).

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ESPN 1220: We’re experiencing technical difficulty

Sports talk radio station WGNY (1220-AM, 97.3-FM in Poughkeepsie) is experiencing some technical difficulties. ESPN Radio programming is currently not airing and in its place is a simulcast of Fox Oldies 98.9. No word yet on when the problem will be solved.

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Time Warner to televise NY Federation hoop finals

Time Warner Cable will continue its New York State scholastic basketball coverage with this weekend’s Federation championships from Albany’s Times Union Center.
Time Warner Ch. 198 will televise the following games (these games will NOT appear on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in the Hudson Valley):
Saturday, March 22
Boys’ Class A final (Albany Academy/Scotia-Glenville winner vs. Washington Heights/Holy Trinity winner), 5 p.m.
Girls’ Class AA final (Ossining/Saint Anthony’s winner vs. Long Island Lutheran/Francis Lewis winner), 6:45 p.m.
Boys’ Class AA final (Long Island Lutheran/Green Tech winner vs. Christ the King/Cardozo winner), 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 23
Girls’ Class A final (Martin Luther King vs. Pittsford Sutherland/Cardinal O’Hara winner), 12 p.m.
Girls’ Class B final (Utica Notre Dame/East Harlem winner vs. Mount Mercy Academy/Staten Island winner), 2:45 p.m.
Boys’ Class B final (Westhill/Dwight School winner vs. Brooklyn Community/Regis winner), 3:30 p.m.

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College hockey playoffs TV schedule

College hockey is about ready to start its conference championship week, ahead of next week’s NCAA tournament, and there’s plenty of games on TV.
Thursday, March 20
Big Ten – Penn State vs. Michigan, 3 p.m. (Big Ten); Michigan State vs. Ohio State, 8 p.m. (Big Ten)
Friday, March 21
Atlantic Hockey – Canisius vs. Mercyhurst, 4 p.m. (Time Warner Cable Sports, Time Warner Ch. 199); Niagara vs. Robert Morris, 7 p.m. (Time Warner Cable Sports. Time Warner Ch. 199)
Big Ten – Semifinal, Wisconsin vs. Penn State/Michigan winner, 3 p.m. (Big Ten); Semifinal, Minnesota vs. Michigan State/Ohio State winner, 8 p.m. (Big Ten)
ECAC – Cornell vs. Union, 4 p.m. (Fox College Atlantic); Colgate vs. Quinnipiac, 7:30 p.m. (Fox College Atlantic)
Hockey East – Notre Dame vs. UMass-Lowell, 5 p.m. (NBC Sports Net, NESN); New Hampshire-Providence, 8 p.m. (NBC Sport Net, NESN Plus)
NCHC (“The National”) – Western Michigan vs. Denver, 5 p.m. (CBS Sports Net); Miami vs. North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Net)
WCHA – Bowling Green vs. Minnesota State, 2 p.m. (Fox College Central); Alaska Anchorage-Ferris State, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports North; 10:30 p.m. on Fox College Central)
Saturday, March 22
Atlantic final, 7 p.m. (AmericaOne.com)
Big Ten final, 8 p.m. (Big Ten)
ECAC final, 7:30 p.m. (Fox College Atlantic)
Hockey East final, 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Net, NESN Plus)
WCHA final, 7 p.m. (Fox College Central; Fox Sports North)
National final, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Net)
Sunday, March 23
NCAA Selection Show, TBD

Friday, March 28
NCAA East semifinals, 2 p.m. (ESPNU), 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NCAA Midwest semifinals, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saturday, March 29
NCAA East final, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
NCAA Midwest final, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NCAA Northeast semifinals, 4 p.m. (ESPNU), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NCAA West semifinals, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Sunday, March 30
NCAA Northeast final, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
NCAA West final, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Thursday, April 10
NCAA semifinals, TBD (ESPN2)
Saturday, April 12
NCAA finals, TBD (ESPN)

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NCAA women’s basketball tourney TV schedule (updated)

The ESPN networks will televise the entire NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament. For the first two rounds, action will be shown on a rotating basis on ESPN and ESPN2, and all games will be available in entirety on the website ESPN3.
Home markets of participating teams receive full-game action on ESPN or ESPN2 (no rotating coverage), so you could expect Time Warner Cable and Cablevision to have home-market protection for the Marist and Army games, and it’s not clear what Verizon (based out of Queens) would do. That may upset fans of Connecticut and local product Stefanie Dolson since the Huskies play at the same time as Marist on Sunday night and it’s unclear what home-market protection may be offered in Orange County.
Jets radio announcer Bob Wischusen joins Christy Winters-Scott on the call of the Army-Maryland game. Holly Rowe and Brenda VanLengen have the call of the Marist-Iowa game. Dave O’Brien and Debbie Antonelli will call the UConn regional.

Saturday, March 22
Rotating coverage of Arizona State-Vanderbilt, Florida Gulf Coast-Oklahoma State, Wright State-Kentucky, Winthrop-Duke, 11 a.m. (ESPN2; all games on ESPN3)
Rotating coverage of Chattanooga-Syracuse, Robert Morris-Notre Dame, Akron-Purdue, Oklahoma-DePaul, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2; all games on ESPN3)
Fordham-California, 4 p.m. (WFUV 94.5-FM)
Rotating coverage of Fordham-California, Northwestern State-Tennessee, Florida State-Iowa State, Fresno State-Nebraska, 4 p.m. (ESPN2; all games on ESPN3)
Rotating coverage of Western Kentucky-Baylor, USC-St. John’s, South Dakota-Stanford, Brigham Young-North Carolina State, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2; all games on ESPN3)
Announcers: Mark Jones, LaChina Robinson (at Duke); Marc Kestecher, Brooke Weisbrod (at Kentucky); Beth Mowins, Stephanie White (at Toledo); Melissa Lee, Jimmy Dykes (at Purdue); Clay Matvick, Fran Fraschilla (at Iowa State); Joe Davis, Maria Taylor (at Tennessee); Dave Pasch, Doris Burke (at Los Angeles); Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck (at Baylor)

Sunday, March 23
Army-Maryland, 12:30 p.m. (WALL 1340-AM, WEOK 1390-AM)
Rotating coverage of Army-Maryland, Hampton-Michigan State, Wichita State-Penn State, Georgia Tech-LSU, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Rotating coverage of Tenn. Martin-North Carolina, Florida-Dayton, Albany-West Virginia, Penn-Texas, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Rotating coverage of Saint Joseph’s-Georgia, James Madison-Gonzaga, Cal Northridge-South Carolina, Idaho-Louisville, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Marist-Iowa, 8 p.m. (WKIP 1450-AM)
Prairie View A&M-Connecticut, 8 p.m. (WTIC 1080-AM)
Rotating coverage of Marist-Iowa, Prairie View A&M-Connecticut, North Dakota-Texas A&M, Oregon State-Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Announcers: Cara Capuano, Nell Fortner (at LSU); Tom Hart, Mary Murphy (at North Carolina); Bob Wischusen, Christy Winters-Scott (at Maryland); Bob Picozzi, Krista Blunk (at Penn State); Carter Blackburn, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (at Texas); Holly Rowe, Brenda VanLengen (at Iowa); Dave Flemming, Sean Farnham (at Seattle); Dave O’Brien, Debbie Antonelli (at UConn)

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NCAA men’s tourney schedule and announcers

Here is the schedule for the first three rounds of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, with the starting time, network and announcers.
All game audio will be available on WestwoodOneSports.com, and radio station WFAN (660-AM, 101.9-FM) will have select broadcast windows.

Tuesday
6:40 p.m. – Albany vs. Mount Saint Mary’s, truTV (Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Kristine Leahy)
9:05 p.m. – North Carolina State vs. Xavier, truTV (Anderson, Bonner, Leahy)

Wednesday
6:40 p.m. – Cal Poly vs. Texas Southern, truTV (Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Rachel Nichols)
9:05 p.m. – Iowa vs. Tennessee, truTV (Harlan, Elmore, Miller, Nichols)

Thursday
12:15 p.m. – Ohio State vs. Dayton, CBS (Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce)
12:40 p.m. – Wisconsin vs. American, truTV (Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson)
1:40 p.m. – Colorado vs. Pittsburgh, TBS (Anderson, Bonner, Leahy)
2:10 p.m. – Cincinnati vs. Harvard, TNT (Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Jaime Maggio)
2:40 p.m. – Syracuse vs. Western Michigan, CBS (Lundquist, Raftery, LaForce)
3:05 p.m. – Oregon vs. Brigham Young, truTV (Eagle, Spanarkel, Johnson)
4:05 p.m. – Florida vs. Albany or Mount Saint Mary’s, TBS (Anderson, Bonner, Leahy)
4:35 p.m. – Michigan State vs. Delaware, TNT (Dedes, Gottlieb, Maggio)
6:55 p.m. – Connecticut vs. Saint Joseph’s, TBS (Lundquist, Raftery, LaForce)
7:10 p.m. – Michigan vs. Wofford, CBS (Eagle, Spanarkel, Johnson)
7:20 p.m. – Saint Louis vs. North Carolina State or Xavier, TNT (Anderson, Bonner, Leahy)
7:27 p.m. – Oklahoma vs. North Dakota State, truTV (Dedes, Gottlieb, Maggio)
9:20 p.m. – Villanova vs. Milwaukee, TBS (Lundquist, Raftery, LaForce)
9:35 p.m. – Texas vs. Arizona State, CBS (Eagle, Spanarkel, Johnson)
9:45 p.m. – Louisville vs. Manhattan, TNT (Anderson, Bonner, Leahy)
9:52 p.m. – San Diego State vs. New Mexico State, truTV (Dedes, Gottlieb, Maggio)

Friday
12:15 p.m. – Duke vs. Mercer, CBS (Harlan, Elmore, Miller, Nichols)
12:40 p.m. – Baylor vs. Nebraska, truTV (Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager)
1:40 p.m. – New Mexico vs. Stanford, TBS (Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson)
2:10 p.m. – Arizona vs. Weber State, TNT (Andrew Catalon, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston)
2:40 p.m. – Massachusetts vs. Iowa or Tennessee, CBS (Harlan, Elmore, Miller, Nichols)
3:05 p.m. – Creighton vs. Louisiana Lafayette, truTV (Albert, Kerr, Sager)
4:05 p.m. – Kansas vs. Eastern Kentucky, TBS (Nantz, Anthony, Wolfson)
4:35 p.m. – Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State, TNT (Catalon, Gminski, Livingston)
6:55 p.m. – Memphis vs. George Washington, TBS (Harlan, Elmore, Miller, Nichols)
7:10 p.m. – Wichita State vs. Cal Poly or Texas Southern, CBS (Nantz, Anthony, Wolfson)
7:20 p.m. – North Carolina vs. Providence, TNT (Albert, Kerr, Sager)
7:27 p.m. – Virginia Commonwealth vs. Stephen F. Austin, truTV (Catalon, Gminski, Livingston)
9:20 p.m. – Virginia vs. Coastal Carolina, TBS (Harlan, Elmore, Miller, Nichols)
9:35 p.m. – Kentucky vs. Kansas State, CBS (Nantz, Anthony, Wolfson)
9:45 p.m. – Iowa State vs. North Carolina Central, TNT (Albert, Kerr, Sager)
9:52 p.m. – UCLA vs. Tulsa, truTV (Catalon, Gminski, Livingston)

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Francesa show headed for Fox Sports 1/2

The Mike Francesa Show, aired weekdays from 1-6 p.m on WFAN (660-AM, 101.9-FM), will be simulcast on Fox Sports 1 (1-4 p.m.) and Fox Sports 2 (4-6 p.m.) starting March 24. Francesa told his radio audience the deal is for four years.
The Francesa show had been simulcast on YES Network for 12 years until recently, when it was replaced by The Michael Kay Show, which airs on ESPN Radio New York (WEPN 98.7-FM).
Talkers Magazine rates Francesa the 35th most important talk show host of all time, and the current No. 1 sports talker.

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Time Warner Sports to air NY basketball finals (updated)

Time Warner Sports channel will televise the New York State public high school boys’ basketball championship games this weekend from Glens Falls. In the Hudson Valley, TWC Sports can be found in high definition on Ch. 461 and in standard definition on Ch. 413.
Time Warner will also carry the girls’ championships from Troy, placing them on a secondary channel (Ch. 324).
The games will appear on Time Warner’s overflow channels 197 (boys) and 198 (girls).
Customers of Time Warner can watch the games online for free using their log-in and password.
BOYS
Saturday, March 15
NY Class D final: Sherman-Coleman Catholic winner vs. New York Mills-Moriah winner, 5:30 p.m. (TWC Sports, Time Warner Ch. 197)
NY Class B final: Olean-Woodlands winner vs. Westhill-Ogdensburg Free Academy winner, 9 p.m. (TWC Sports, Time Warner Ch. 197)
NY Class C final: Middle Early College-Friends Academy winner vs. Waterville-Hoosic Valley winner, 7:15 p.m. (TWC Sports, Time Warner Ch. 197)
Sunday, March 16
Class A final: East-Red Hook winner vs. John Glenn-Scotia Glenville winner, 1:30 p.m. (TWC Sports, Time Warner Ch. 197)
Class AA final: Jamestown-Union Endicott winner vs. Brentwood-Green Tech winner, 3:15 p.m. (TWC Sports, Time Warner Ch. 197)

GIRLS
Saturday, March 15
NY Class B final: Bishop Kearney-Woodlands winner vs. Tamarac-Notre Dame winner, 4 p.m. (TWC Sports 2, Time Warner Chs. 324, 198)
NY Class A final: Sutherland-Maine Endwell winner vs. Jamesville DeWitt-Harborfields winner, 7 p.m. (TWC Sports 2, Time Warner Chs. 324, 198)
NY Class AA final: Gates Chili-Ossining winner vs. Cicero North Syracuse-Baldwin winner, 8:45 p.m. (TWC Sports 2, Time Warner Chs. 324, 198)
Sunday, March 16
Class D final: Romulus-Eldred winner vs. Fort Edward-Hamilton winner, noon (TWC Sports 2, Time Warner Chs. 324, 198)
Class C final: Chautauqua Lake-Haldane winner vs. Hoosic Valley-Harpursville final, 1:45 p.m. (TWC Sports 2, Time Warner Chs. 324, 198)

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Army radio network announces schedule

Twelve baseball dates and five remaining men’s lacrosse broadcasts are planned for radio on the Army Sports Network this spring. The radio games can be heard on WALL 1340-AM in Middletown and WEOK 1390-AM in Poughkeepsie.
The lacrosse schedule:
Tuesday, March 4 – vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 – vs. Holy Cross, 12 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 – vs. Lehigh, 12 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 – vs. Bucknell, 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 – vs. Navy, 2 p.m.
The baseball schedule:
Wednesday, March 26 – vs. Columbia, 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 – vs. Lehigh (DH), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1 – vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 – vs. Lafayette (DH), 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 – vs. Lafayette (DH), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 – vs. Bucknell (DH), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23 – vs. Marist, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 – vs. Navy (DH), 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 – vs. Navy (DH), 12 p.m.
Friday, May 2 – vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 – vs. Cincinnati, 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 – vs. Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

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Fox unveils expanded MLB TV schedule

The combined Fox networks will air 52 Major League Baseball games in 2014 in the first year of an eight-year deal. With double the telecasts, Saturdays will feature 20 doubleheaders, 10 exclusively on Fox Sports 1 and 10 split between Fox broadcast (WNYW-5 in New York) and Fox Sports 1.
There will be three Tuesday night games on Fox Sports 1 and one Thursday afternoon contest.
All games on Fox Sports 1 unless indicated
Sat. April 5 – Minnesota at Cleveland, 1 p.m.; San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.
Tues. April 8 – Cincinnati at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Sat. April 12 – Boston at Yankees, 1 p.m.
Sat. April 19 – Anaheim at Detroit, 1 p.m.; Arizona at Los Angeles, 8 p.m.
Sat. April 26 – Anaheim at Yankees, 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 4 p.m.
Sat. May 3 – St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 1 p.m.; Detroit at Kansas City, 7 p.m.
Sat. May 10 – San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.; Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Thur. May 15 – San Diego at Cincinnati, 12:30 p.m.
Sat. May 17 – Pittsburgh at Yankees, 4 p.m.
Sat. May 24 – Texas at Detroit, 4 p.m. (FS1); St. Louis at Cincinnati – or – Washington at Pittsburgh – or – Kansas City at Anaheim, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Sat. May 31 – Atlanta at Miami, 4 p.m. (FS1); Tampa Bay at Boston – or – Pittsburgh at Los Angeles, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Sat. June 7 – Cleveland at Texas, 4 p.m. (FS1); Yankees at Kansas City – or – Boston at Detroit – or – Oakland at Baltimore, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Sat. June 14 – Minnesota at Detroit, 4 p.m. (FS1); Washington at St. Louis – or – Cincinnati at Milwaukee – or – Anaheim at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Sat. June 21 – Atlanta at Washington – or – Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs – or – Detroit at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (FOX); Texas at Anaheim, 10 p.m. (FS1)
Sat. June 28 – Minnesota at Texas, 4 p.m. (FS1); Boston at Yankees – or – St. Louis at Los Angeles – or – Washington at Chicago, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Sat. July 5 – Arizona at Atlanta, 4 p.m. (FS1); Texas at Mets – or – Baltimore at Boston – or – San Francisco at San Diego, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Sat. July 12 – St. Louis at Milwaukee, 4 p.m. (FS1); Pittsburgh at Cincinnati – or – Washington at Philadelphia – or – Anaheim at Texas, 7 p.m. (FOX)
Tues. July 15 – All-Star Game, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Sat. July 19 – Los Angeles at St. Louis, 4 p.m.; Cleveland at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Sat. July 26 – Washington at Cincinnati, 4 p.m.; Cleveland at Kansas City, 7 p.m.
Tues. July 29 – Yankees at Texas, 8 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 2 – Yankees at Boston, 4 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 9 – Cleveland at Yankees, 1 p.m.; St. Louis at Baltimore, 4 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 16 – Yankees at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m.; San Diego at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 23 – San Francisco at Washington, 4 p.m.; Atlanta at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
Tues. Aug. 26 – Minnesota at Kansas City, 8 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 30 – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 6 – Baltimore at Tampa Bay – or – San Francisco at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX); Kansas City at Yankees, 4 p.m. (FS1)
Sat. Sept. 13 – Yankees at Baltimore – or – Atlanta at Texas, 1 p.m. (FOX); San Diego at Arizona, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Sat. Sept. 20 – TBD (FS1/FOX)
Sat. Sept. 27 – TBD (FS1/FOX)

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