I had sent a copy of "Forget the Fans" to KSTP radio and the following is their response from Angie Ludwig:
for the email you might want to try 105.9 fm out of Red Wing as well
and here’s what our program director has to say:
AM1500 KSTP is one of two 50,000-watt radio stations in the Twin Cities,
which is the maximum power allowed by the Federal Communications Commission.
While KSTP transmits at this maximum power at all times, we are required to
reconfigure our signal’s pattern at night, so certain areas to the
east-southeast of the Twin Cities may have reception problems after sunset. The
Twins Radio Network has added affiliate stations. See a map of the Twins Radio
Network stations on-line at http://www.TwinsBaseball.com and click on "Schedule."
Listeners to AM stations, even ones with powerful signals like KSTP, can have
problems at times inside buildings or near things that produce electrical
interference (some desktop PCs, power equipment, florescent lighting fixtures,
We are strictly prohibited from streaming Twins games on our web site. Major
League Baseball has licensed exclusive agreements for alternative listening
methods through online listening ( http://www.TwinsBaseball.com) or satellite radio.
Yes, there is a subscription fee for these services, but they are an
Lastly, "Good luck!"
FANS NOTE: I tried 105.9 and it didn’t come in. I live between Eau Claire and Menomonie and my radio couldn’t even tell there was a station at that spot on the dial.
I posted the blog entry "Forget the Fans" on the Twins chat site and had some interesting responses. Thanks for the support to those who responded. One responder, royalofbengal, responded by saying "…May be you should gather few fans and call few radio stations and letthem know that a majority of twins fans resides also in western
Now that’s a GREAT idea! What could be more American than circulating and submitting a petition in an attempt to get "America’s Game" put on the airwaves which, according to the FCC, belong to the people.
Therefore, below is the petition which I plan to submit to as many western Wisconsin radio stations that I can find as well as the Twins organization. If you feel moved to become part of this petition, simply reply by clicking on "comments" where you can add your comments. It would be especially helpful for Wisconsin fans to enter their community.
To Whom it May Concern,
Western Wisconsin Twins fan are quite disappointed that it has become so much more difficult to follow their favorite baseball team. The change of Twins Radio Network flagships from WCCO to KSTP has made it virtually impossible to listen to the Twins over the air in western Wisconsin. We feel like we have been left out. Gameday Audio and satellite radio are not acceptable alternatives as they do not allow most people to be able to listen through their typical household radios and/or car radios like they could in the "good old days." We feel that this is a case of technology actually being a step backwards.
It’s TOO BAD
Yes, it’s TOO BAD
Some Twins fans are very SAD.
What! The game can’t be heard?
Don’t be ABSURD
It’s on KSTP
But we can’t get that, you see!
When the game is at night
Their signal isn’t right.
It’s simply too weak
For my radio to seek.
Oh for the days of CCO
When you could hear the games when you’re on the go!
It appears as though we fans have been forgotten, again. Yes, we’ve known about it since last fall, but with the Twins moving their radio network flagship station from WCCO (830AM) to KSTP (1500AM) those of us in Wisconsin (and there are quite a few of us) are left high and dry. No longer can we follow the play-by-play of John Gordon while we travel in our cars without purchasing satellite radio.
In Minnesota, it’s not too bad of a problem because there are many Twins Radio Network affiliates. In Wisconsin, however, there is only one and it’s a weak station out of New Richmond. In the past, WCCO (being a clear channel 50,000 watt station) could be received at any time of day or night. KSTP, however, is required to reduce power at sundown. Since most Twins games are at night, this is a problem. The nighttime signal of KSTP cannot be received by an average car radio even in Menomonie, WI (only about 50 miles away).
The only solutions appear to be to purchase expensive satellite radio, become a Brewers fan, or boycott baseball altoghther due to its complete disregard for the common fan. None of those ideas seem like good ideas to me. I do not understand why there are so few Twins stations in western Wisconsin. I can’t believe that there aren’t stations that would be interested (there are Viking stations).