ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are moving their weekday radio broadcasts to the new 105.3 The Fan, the club announced on Tuesday. It will be the first time in Rangers history that their radio broadcasts will be heard on FM. The Fan is the FM station for KRLD-AM 1080, which will continue to broadcast weekend games. KRLD, a 50,000-watt station, has been the flagship for the Rangers since 1995. The Fan is a 100,000-watt FM station that switched to an all-sports format in December.
"Because of the anticipation of some programming conflicts on 105.3 The Fan on the weekends, we decided to leave all of the Saturday and Sunday regular-season games on NewsRadio 1080," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "That way our fans will know that weekday games will be on 105.3 FM, and weekend games can be heard on 1080 AM. The sound, quality, and strength of The Fan's FM signal will provide a new listening experience for our fans." Right now, the Rangers plan on 110 weekday games on The Fan and 52 weekend games on KRLD. Some weekday games may be moved to KRLD if scheduling dictates it. The Rangers are also increasing the number of Spring Training broadcasts from 12 to 18 games, beginning with the Cactus League opener against the Royals on Feb. 26. Eric Nadel remains the Rangers' lead radio broadcaster. He is beginning his 15th season a the lead voice and his 31st season as a Rangers broadcaster. He will be joined on the radio broadcasts by Dave Barnett, who has spent the past 13 years with ESPN. The broadcasts will once again include 30-minute pre- and postgame shows as well as Rangers replay with Mike Ogulnick after the postgame show.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.