On Wednesday, 710 ESPN (KSPN) and KLAA AM 830 announced a new partnership beginning April 5 that will bring 60 Angels games to 710 ESPN while allowing listeners of KLAA the opportunity to hear some of ESPN Radio's national weekday programming.
"We're very excited about expanding the presence of ESPN in Southern California and renewing our relationship with the Angels," said Chris Berry, 710 ESPN Radio's vice president and general manager. "This association will enhance what is already a powerful lineup of play-by-play partners, including the Lakers and USC."
Added AM 830 president Dennis Kuhl: "This partnership with ESPN Radio will allow listeners of AM 830 KLAA the opportunity to follow sports both on the local and national level. In addition to the excitement of Angels baseball, Ducks hockey and Notre Dame football, Southern California fans will have access to up-to-date news and interviews with key personalities in the world of sports through ESPN's Scott Van Pelt and Doug Gottlieb."
The 710 signal has long been associated with the Angels, beginning with KMPC, when the expansion club joined the American League in 1961. Following a six-year hiatus after the 1996 campaign, the Angels returned to 710 with KSPN in 2003. KLAA became the home of the Angels following the 2007 season and continues to carry each of the 162 regular-season games.
Angels broadcasts will continue to be produced by AM 830. National ESPN programming will originate from ESPN Radio studios in Bristol, Conn. "The Sports Lodge with Rodger Lodge" weekday morning program will continue to be broadcast from the studios at AM 830 KLAA and KTLA Channel 5. 710 ESPN programming originates from the L.A. LIVE studios across from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.