More on Marty
As I’m sure most of you read, A’s host Marty Lurie will be taking his pregame radio show over to the Giants affiliate, KNBR, this season. Meanwhile, KTRB — which recently entered a long-term contract with the A’s to broadcast all games — decided to bring in conservative talk-show host Michael Savage to man the airways from 3-6 p.m. It’s no secret that Marty is loved by the entire A’s community, and that goes for the A’s front office staff as well. They very much support and respect Marty’s work, but at the same time they want A’s fans disappointed in the news to understand KTRB’s reasoning. The radio station, says A’s vice president of broadcasting Ken Pries, is still young and getting its feet wet. Thus, ratings are extremely important for them right now, and Savage brings them just that. Lurie’s show, meanwhile, does not give them a varied audience. Pries did add, however, that the station could be in a better position this time next year to add a show like Lurie’s to include in the A’s pregame programming.
On another note, exactly two weeks until A’s pitchers and catchers report. Andrew Bailey, for one, is already in Arizona working out, as is Michael Wuertz, who makes his offseason home in Scottsdale…
Question for you to ponder over the weekend: What is the most pressing issue this A’s team faces heading into Spring Training?