The Houston Astros announced today that the club has come to a four-year agreement, including a two-year mutual option, with Clear Channel Radio Houston that will keep Astros games on KTRH (740 AM) through at least the 2012 season. Financial terms were not released.
โThe Astros are extremely pleased to remain with KTRH. We are very proud of the partnership we have developed with KTRH and the entire Clear Channel family of stations,โ said Jamie Hildreth, Astros Senior Vice President of Sponsorship Sales. โKTRH is a strong part of the Houston Astros brand and we look forward to the future.โ
The deal insures that all 162 regular season games will be broadcast on KTRH, while 36 Spring Training games will be aired on either KTRH or its sister station KBME (790 AM).
Hall-of-Famer Milo Hamilton will return to the Astros radio booth in 2009 for his 25th year as the voice of the Astros. He will continue broadcasting all Astros home games and will make select road trips throughout the season. Joining Hamilton in the booth will be Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond, who both return for their fourth seasons with the club. The two will continue to split home games with Hamilton and will serve as the broadcast team on all road trips.
KTRH has served as the flagship of the Astros English network, which consists of 35-plus stations throughout the Southwest, since 1999, making the 2009 season their 11th with the club.
Source: Houston Astros
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