The Tulsa Drillers have announced that the team's radio broadcasts this season will again be aired on iHeart Media station AM 1430, The Buzz. 2017 will mark the 32nd consecutive season that the Drillers and iHeart Media have partnered for game broadcasts, and it will be the 13th straight year that The Buzz has been the radio home for Drillers Baseball.
The Buzz is a 24-hour sports station that is also the radio home in the Tulsa area for University of Oklahoma sports along with Dallas Cowboys football games.
The team also announced that Dennis Higgins will be back for his ninth season as the Voice of the Drillers. After having previously served a stint as a radio broadcaster with the San Francisco Giants, the Oxnard, California native will continue to bring his major league experience to Tulsa listeners. In addition to his major league work, Higgins has nearly 23 years of radio experience in professional baseball.
"It is exciting for us to keep the great team of iHeart Media and Dennis Higgins together for our radio broadcasts this season," said Drillers VP of Media & Public Relations Brian Carroll. "Our fans know exactly where to turn for our broadcasts, and it has been that way for decades because of our valuable partnership with iHeart. We are thrilled to keep that tradition alive. We are also very fortunate to have Dennis, as he always makes the games entertaining while also providing a wealth of experience that baseball fans can appreciate and enjoy."
"We are very excited to extend our long relationship with the Tulsa Drillers," said Jon Phillips, Area President of iHeart Media Market Groups. "They certainly embody the positive energy that Tulsa currently feels as a great family venue and product."
Speaking about his return to Tulsa, Higgins stated: "I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world to be working for the Drillers. I truly believe I have the best working conditions in all the minor leagues being at ONEOK Field, and I am looking forward to the 2017 season."
Each of the 140 Drillers regular season games will be aired live. Occasional scheduling conflicts, such as weekday, afternoon games, will force some games to air on KAKC, AM 1300.
All of the broadcasts can also be heard over the Internet at TulsaDrillers.com or at BuzzTulsa.com. In addition, broadcasts will be available on most mobile devices through the free iHeart Radio App.
The first broadcast of the 2017 season will take place on Thursday, April 6th as the Drillers begin their third season as a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate on the road against the Midland RockHounds.