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WOR 710 to be New Flagship Radio Station of the Mets

WOR logo GAttention fans of the New York Metropolitans, we have some news: The team has found a new radio home. Clear Channel and the Mets have struck a deal to make WOR-AM 710 the new radio station for those lovable losers.

The Mets had been searching for a radio deal since WFAN announced it was dropping them for the Yankees next season.

“We look at this investment not only as an opportunity to establish WOR as a destination to a broader audience, but to also to drive further awareness and growth of the Mets through our unique multi-platform capabilities and programming — radio, digital, outdoor and live events,” said John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel, in a statement.

The Clear Channel deal is good for five years. The over/under on number of Mets World Series wins during that time is set at two.

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Dan Patrick Do-Over Goes a Lot Better for Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey

Two Matt Harvey interviews for the price of one. With, in-between, the Mets’ pitcher’s “worst day on Twitter in a while.”

Harvey got hammered on social media after a bizarre Wednesday phone interview on The Dan Patrick Show, during which he kept plugging Qualcomm. This morning, Harvey explained that he was on his way to a doctor’s appointment when he dialed in yesterday and that the juxtaposition had him “flustered.”

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NYT Readers Break Down Latest Mets Blunder

When a story like Scott Cacciola‘s New York Times piece about the discombobulation of a planned “Native American Heritage Day” at Citi Field hits, the real fun comes from perusing the reader comments. Especially when feedback is attached to a site that is intelligently monitored and moderated.

Somehow, the Mets managed to say yes to a July 25 day of partnership with NYC non-profit American Indian Community House without factoring in the complications that might arise from the fact that the scheduled opponents were the Atlanta Braves. Cacciola retraces how it all fell apart, beginning with a spring email from a Mets representative. In the meantime, here are a couple of the most noteworthy reader observations:

Leggy Meggy (Athens, GA): The Braves tomahawk chop is actually adopted from the Florida State Seminoles, who have a standing relationship with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, who approve logos, mascot costumes and other traditions. This relationship is the reason that FSU was able to keep its Native American mascot while many other NCAA teams were forced to abandon theirs after the NCAA banned Native American mascots in post-season play. Personally I don’t feel the chop or logo are offensive, especially since the chop has apparently been approved by at least one tribe.

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ESPN Deportes to Broadcast Met Games in 2013

ESPN Deportes Nueva York will be the Spanish broadcast home for the New York Mets starting next season. Under the agreement, 1050 AM will originate 150 regular season games, including select spring training, and postseason. In addition, all games on ESPN Deportes will feature pre- and post-game shows.

“We are thrilled to launch our new partnership with ESPN Deportes, which has become a destination station for Hispanic sports fans in New York,” said Dave Howard, executive VP, business operations, New York Mets. “Through ESPN Deportes, we look forward to building our connection with Spanish-speaking fans.”

In September, ESPN 1050 became ESPN Deportes Radio, the first and only Spanish-language 24-hour sports radio station in New York.

“Our commitment to serving the Hispanic sports fan is a top priority for our company,” says Dave Roberts, VP and general manager of ESPN Radio New York 98.7 and ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 AM. “We are delighted to join forces with the Mets organization for this comprehensive and wide-ranging opportunity.”

The Mets join an ESPN Deportes lineup that already includes New York Jets play-by-play action.

Voting Underway for Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award for Broadcasting

The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting the cycle for the Class of 2013. The Ford C. Frick Award, given each year as a baseball announcer lifetime achievement, is asking fans to select the Top 40 from the Hall’s Facebook page.

The Facebook ballot includes 222 radio and television broadcasters. Among the list are several with notable careers behind the mic in New York. For example, Ken Singleton, the longtime Yankee analyst (and occasional play-by-play man), from MSG Network and YES Network, since its inception in 2002, is on the ballot.

Yankee fans can also choose veteran radio voice John Sterling, calling game every since 1989. His former on-air partner Charley Steiner is on the first ballot. Steiner now handles the Los Angeles Dodgers radio play-by-play work.

Vintage Yankee announcer Bill White is back on the list. White, as he was affectionately known by Phil Rizzuto, was joined in the booth by Rizzuto and Frank Messer throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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In the Wake of Warner Fusselle’s Death, Brooklyn Cyclones Find New Radio Home

Since the first pitch of Brooklyn Cyclones baseball in 2001, there was the melodic sound of play-by-play announcer Warner Fusselle, who died suddenly last week.

The single A affiliate of the New York Mets has also only had one broadcast home since its debut, Kingsborough Community College’s WKRB.

Several factors, though, have led the Cyclones to make a move on the dial to Seton Hall University’s WSOU/89.5 FM, as confirmed to FishbowlNY by a Cyclones spokesperson.

WKRB is renovating its Manhattan Beach studios, meaning no signal for part of the season, which begins Monday against the Staten Island Yankees. Even without the remodeling, Kingsborough typically has a tiny coverage area.

Plus, the Cyclones do not have to worry about hiring a successor for Fusselle, as Seton Hall brings its own people on board.

David Rind, Vincent Coughlin and Chris Paizis, will call Cyclones games. The Daily News reports the trio has been in the broadcast booth for Seton Hall baseball games.

Johan Santana No-Hitter Gets Huge SNY Numbers

There’s nothing like a great pitching performance to spark some interest in a team. Of course, Friday night, Johan Santana did the unthinkable, pitching the Mets to their first no-hitter in season number 51.

Santana’s gem against the Cardinals gave SNY big ratings. In the final quarter-hour from 9:45 to 10 p.m. as Santana was about to make history, SNY pulled in 744,000 total viewers. That peak timeframe notched a 7.73 Household rating.

Fans united on SNY, Mets faithful or not, to witness a “Where Were You When?” moment. SNY ranked as the most watched station in New York, among all cable and broadcast outlets, from 7:30 to 10:15 p.m. in Households and Total Viewers.

Delving deeper, Santana’s masterful feat averaged a 4.18 household rating, which represents the highest-rated (non-interleague) primetime game on SNY in nearly three years.

The Mets Post-Game Live garnered a 2.64 household rating, the best post game showing since 2009.

Longtime Mets Announcers Howie Rose and Gary Cohen Bask in Franchise’s First No-Hitter

It’s a post 50 years in the making!

Last night, Johan Santana tossed himself into the record books as the first New York Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter. It was an 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

In their 51st season and with more than 8,000 games under their collective belts, the Mets finally got their elusive “no-no.”

The dramatic event was not lost on Howie Rose, who called the game on WFAN. During an extended post-game celebration, Rose invited former boothmate Gary Cohen, who just wrapped up his work on SNY, to share his perspective as a witness to history.

“You and I have been down this road enough times in our lives as Met fans and Met broadcasters that there was no reason to believe that it was possible,” Cohen tells Rose. “And frankly, around the sixth inning with the pitch count the way it was, I was certainly thinking that he wasn’t even going to get the opportunity to do it.”

Adding to the drama was the fact that just last year, Santana was sidelined the entire season with shoulder surgery.

However, with the final strike to David Freese, pitch number 134, Santana placed himself in rarified air.

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Mets and Islanders Announcer Howie Rose Inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Howie Rose has a complete 12-month schedule as lead radio play-by-play broadcaster for the New York Mets on WFAN and the New York Islanders on MSG.

But he recently took some time to step away for an honor. Rose joined elite company as a member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Among the announcers enshrined with Rose are Marv Albert, Marty Glickman, and Len Berman.

Rose became a full-time radio voice in the Mets broadcast booth in 2004 after the legendary Bob Murphy died. By 2006, Rose was named the team’s number one play-by-play man.

He has been calling Isles games since 1995. But the year before, Rose was at the mic for the New York Rangers. Arguably, his most well-known moment occured in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rose told listeners that the Rangers were in the Stanley Cup Finals after a riveting Game 7 double overtime win against the Devils and an all-time great call: ”Matteau! Matteau! Matteau! Stephane Matteau! And the Rangers have one more hill to climb, baby, but it’s Mount Vancouver!” (Hear it below)

A native New Yorker, Rose went to Cardoza High School in Bayside, and graduated from Queens College.

Rose has racked up several accolades during his career, including Emmy Awards for his work with the Mets and Islanders.

The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame is located at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack.

WFAN Names Josh Lewin Mets Play-By-Play Voice

It’s been rumored for several weeks. Today, WFAN made it official–veteran sportscaster Josh Lewin is joining the Mets radio booth in 2012. Lewin will work alongside Howie Rose.

“It’s exciting to be part of the Mets’ broadcast team with Howie Rose, who is one of the best in the business,” Lewin said. “It’s a thrill to be able to come back to my roots in New York and call games for the team I rooted for as a kid on the pre-eminent sports talk radio station in the country.”

Lewin, 43, has 16 years of Major League Baseball experience, calling games for the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, and most recently, the Texas Rangers. He was the lead Rangers TV play-by-play announcer from 2002 to 2010.

He also has been a part of Fox’s Saturday baseball coverage since 1996.

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