The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club and ALT 97.5 are pleased to announce a new partnership as the team's flagship radio station for all game broadcasts during the 2017 season.
The new home for Nashville Sounds Baseball is part of the popular iHeartMedia cluster in Nashville. Other iHeartMedia stations in Nashville include The Big 98, 107.5 The River, and a host of others.
"We're thrilled to be joining the iHeartMedia family," said Adam Nuse, Sounds General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. "We thrive on offering fun, family entertainment at First Tennessee Park. We know ALT 97.5 and the iHeartMedia brand will push Sounds baseball to families throughout the greater Nashville area."
For the sixth consecutive season, the voice of the Sounds, Jeff Hem, will handle the play-by-play duties for all broadcasts. For the third straight season, Hem will be joined by former Major League pitcher Kevin Jarvis for select broadcasts as color commentator. The former Sounds pitcher appeared for 10 Major League teams during his 15-year professional career.
"We're excited to begin this new win-win partnership between the Nashville Sounds Baseball club and ALT 97.5," said iHeartMedia Nashville Region President Dan Endom. "America's pastime is the most radio-friendly sport, and we're proud at iHeartMedia to bring play-by-play broadcasts throughout the greater Nashville area and beyond. We're looking forward to a great 2017 season at First Tennessee Park."
In addition to the 97.5 FM airwaves, all game broadcasts will be available on a live internet webcast at www.nashvillesounds.com, as well as the MiLB First Pitch app and the iHeartRadio app.
Beginning Thursday, April 6 when the Sounds begin their 40th anniversary season in Round Rock, Texas, all broadcasts will begin with the Purity Dairies pre-game show 15 minutes prior to first pitch and close with a 15-minute Cook's Pest Control post-game show.
The partnership will also include the annual broadcast of the Triple-A All-Star Game, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12 in Tacoma, Washington.
The 2017 season will be the Sounds' 40th in franchise history and their third as the Oakland Athletics' top affiliate. Opening Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11 as the Sounds host the Oklahoma City Dodgers at 6:35 p.m. at First Tennessee Park. Season ticket memberships are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.
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