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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2006, 03:57:05 AM »
Good news! I am for an owner that is interested in making $ in attendance, assuming he is and will.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2006, 06:28:02 PM »
County signs off on Reds sale
By Kimball Perry and Cliff Peale  Enquirer staff writers
 
The sale of the Cincinnati Reds took another step toward reality today when the Hamilton County commissioners approved it, as they are required to do under the lease the team has with the county-owned Great American Ball Park.

The lease was signed between the county, which used sales tax revenue to build the $280 million baseball stadium, and Cincinnati Reds LLC.  The lease remains with that corporation, but the controlling owners of the corporation are changing, Tom Gabelman, a private attorney hired by Hamilton County on the issue, told commissioners today.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2006, 08:41:43 AM »
So.... when do you think we will see the biggest changes for the Reds? This year, next year??
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #38 on: January 12, 2006, 08:49:24 AM »
this year with markiting and advertising / promotions, then next year with free agents.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #39 on: January 16, 2006, 03:48:51 PM »
So here's the Reds blogs I've been following, in pretty much this order:

Marc Lancaster, reporter for the Cincinnati Post:
http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/spring/

Redleg Nation, a group blog:
http://www.redlegnation.com/
(the current post is a fantastic first in a series on Reds ownership/management history, reaching back to the 30's)

JD Arney's blog:
http://www.redreporter.com/

Shawn Weaver's blog:
http://shawns.blogspot.com/

At least now, with about a post per day (maybe two or three tops), it's easy to follow, along with the Post's coverage:
http://www.cincypost.com/reds/


Anyone else have a favorite Reds site?  Anyone here write one?  What indispensable Reds sites am I missing?

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #40 on: January 17, 2006, 10:23:40 PM »
I haven't realy kept up with the Reds blogs.  I'll check those out, though.

This is old news, but Browning, Seaver and May were inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.  The voting results are in this story:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060111/SPT04/301110017/-1/rss
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #41 on: January 18, 2006, 01:15:49 PM »
While I am not much of a Reds Fan (Mets Fan till death) I have an interest in seeing the club succeeding and would rank them as my second favorite National League team even though it is a distant distant second.  Lindner didn't seem to have what it took to field a winning team so maybe a change in ownership will make the Reds competitive again.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #42 on: January 19, 2006, 07:14:44 PM »
Reds sale approved
Baseball owners give OK to Castellini group

By Cliff Peale  Enquirer staff writer
 
Major League Baseball owners today approved the sale of the Cincinnati Reds to a group headed by local businessman Bob Castellini.  Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced the unanimous vote at the regularly scheduled owners meetings in Phoenix.

“Everybody raves about him,” Selig said of Castellini after the vote. He’s very personable, and he’s local. Frankly, this was a very easy one.”  The approval was expected after a process that started last March, when three minority owners of the team put their combined 51.5 percent stake up for sale. The Castellini group signed a preliminary deal in early November.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2006, 04:58:35 PM »
Here's a link to the video they played before the press conference...brings a tear to the eye, it does...hearing that "this one belongs to the Reds" gets me every time...

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060120/SPT04/301200020

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2006, 06:00:45 PM »
Reds sale easy call, Selig says
Commissioner praises team's new management

By Cliff Peale Enquirer staff writer
 
The Cincinnati Reds should have a bright future with new owner Bob Castellini, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday night.  "I think Bob Castellini will be very aggressive and a very hands-on owner, and I think it will be great," Selig said in a telephone interview. "I don't see any reason why the Cincinnati club shouldn't be competitive for a long time."

Despite the Reds' five consecutive losing seasons, Selig said small-market teams in the same National League Central division are improving. Those include the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers, which Selig's family formerly owned.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2006, 07:32:17 PM »
You watch the press conference?  I couldn't...

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #46 on: January 21, 2006, 02:13:22 AM »
I was in the car and heard it on WLW.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #47 on: January 21, 2006, 10:54:47 AM »
I saw the video online. I wonder if the owners walk out with fog machines going and fireworks. ;-)

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #48 on: January 23, 2006, 04:24:45 PM »
So long O'Brien.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #49 on: January 23, 2006, 07:19:06 PM »
I wasn't a fan of O'Brien at all.  Let's get someone in there with some actual skills.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #50 on: January 24, 2006, 02:43:49 AM »
Bring back Jim. lol

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #51 on: February 03, 2006, 07:12:20 PM »
The Reds signed Felipe Lopez to a one-year, $2.7 million contract and avoided arbitration.

The only person left to sign is Dunn.  He's asking for $8.95 million.  The Reds have offered $7.1 million.  That's about $35,000 per strikeout.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #52 on: February 04, 2006, 12:14:03 AM »
That's about $35,000 per strikeout.


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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #53 on: February 09, 2006, 11:18:31 AM »
Did the Reds sign a General Manager yesterday?

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #54 on: February 09, 2006, 12:20:48 PM »
Indeed...


It's Krivsky on deck
New GM emerged as obvious choice for job

By Marc Lancaster
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Wayne Krivsky's first interview in his second attempt to become general manager of the Reds blew everyone in the room away.  "He was totally prepared," Reds CEO Bob Castellini said of that initial meeting Feb. 1 at Great American Ball Park.  It wasn't just that the Minnesota Twins' assistant general manager demonstrated an insider's knowledge of the Reds' personnel and put forth a plan to build a winner in Cincinnati, it was the way he presented it all.

Krivsky was the first person identified as a candidate to replace Dan O'Brien, and the first from outside the organization to get an interview.  He agreed to a two-year contract through the 2007 season with mutual options for 2008 and 2009.  Financial terms were not immediately available.

Full story at http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/SPT05/602090319/1027
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #55 on: February 09, 2006, 07:21:09 PM »
Great hire.

I heard Castellini talking about a top priority being a closer.  Hopefully he's younger than 37.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #56 on: February 14, 2006, 10:23:20 PM »
Okay, so the Reds signed Dunn for a two-year, $18M deal that includes a third-year option of $13M.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060214/SPT04/602140384/-1/rss03

Oh, and they signed Scott Hatteburg and Tuffy Rhodes, raising the average age of the team to something similar to a Wednesday night beer league softball team.
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« Reply #57 on: February 14, 2006, 10:38:24 PM »
^Depends on the beer...

Though it's nice to see they weren't afraid to lay out the cash for Dunn...and Marc Lancaster pointed out:
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Was not able to get in touch with Adam tonight, but I did speak with his agent, Greg Genske, a little earlier. He provided one detail in particular that you'll probably find interesting: The 2008 club option is voided if Dunn gets traded.

"Adam was willing to commit one of those free-agent years to the Reds, and not to any other team," said Genske.

In addition, Genske said that $13 million option actually could grow to $16 million with incentives. He was at dinner and didn't have the specifics on hand, but said they were award-based. That usually means bonuses for winning an MVP and/or making the All-Star Game.

From what Genske said, it sounds like Krivsky made getting a deal done before arbitration a top priority.

"Wayne reached out as soon as he accepted the job to become general manager," said Genske. "We realized we had a lot of work to do in a short period of time if we were going to reach an agreement and avoid the arbitration hearing, which always is the goal.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #58 on: February 16, 2006, 10:27:03 PM »
Hopefully cash won't be an issue, if the Dunn signing is any indication.

Oh, I forgot to mention that they signed Quenton McCracken.  So we've got him, Hatteburg, Rhodes and Womack.  Yep, quite a bench....  ;)
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #59 on: February 17, 2006, 09:33:13 AM »
Hey guys, I was on the Reds Message board at ESPN.com and replied to BLee2525's post.  He asks how he can hear the Reds on the radio when he lives in Washington DC.  He has XM Radio in his car but it is subscription based and not always guaranteed to get the Reds announcers.  The board turned it into an XM vs. Sirius debate, but I think that skirts the topic and avoided the answer he was looking for.  I have XM radio in my car as well, but I recently discovered that I can get 700 AM on a portable radio.  I lent my experience, which I would like you guys to offer me your advice and opinions as well.  I trust the posters on this board more than ESPN's group of hacks.

GatewayPizza (that's me) wrote:
Let me try to answer the question rather than add fluff to the XM vs. Sirius controversy. Sirius is not an issue here as they do not have MLB Radio and neither does BLee have Sirius.

What BLee is trying to say is 1) I live in DC, out of the Cincinnati radio market (WLW 700 AM), and 2) since I already have MLB Radio on XM in my car, do I want to continue paying for the subscription just to hear Reds games?

I am in the same boat, just a different river. I live in St. Louis and on my car radio I have XM for one more month and after the trial period I think my promotional offer is $9.99/month per year. I also faintly get WLW 700 AM on the same car radio.

I have been listening to MLB Radio on XM 175 during the offseason on the drive home from work because I like hearing Rob Dibble and Kevin Kennedy. They have exclusive rights to interview players and such, and when the season resumes, you will hear the games broadcast on XM channels 176-189. They also will air all World Baseball Classic games in March.

I also heard the last month of the 2005 season on XM. All MLB games are broadcast from their official radio announcers, but you are not guaranteed to hear either the home or away team's voices. For Reds games, you may or may not get Marty and Joe/Steve every night. For one, I did not like hearing the Pirates announcers do a Reds game. I am debating whether or not to continue my XM subscription at $9.99/month just for the Reds games.

My second radio, which I just got this week, was a Sony ICF-36 Portable AM/FM/TV/Weather Radio. This cost me only $25 at Target (also at Radio Shack and Amazon.com). The benefit of a portable radio is you can take it with you - out of the car, in the house, around the campfire, etc., and it comes with a headphone jack. I read the reviews and others in the Midwest say they pick up far away AM stations, which is encouraging news. I tried to get 700 AM this week and most of the time I got it with little static and the times I couldn't get it was perhaps due to weather or other over-the-air interference. If someone could speak more to why 700 AM signal is stronger or weaker at times, this would help me out.

Other portable radios are more expensive: 1) GE 7-2887 Superadio III Portable AM/FM Radio at ~$50 and 2) C Crane CCRadio Plus Multiband Portable AM/FM/Weather/TV Band Radio at ~$145. I read comparison reviews on Amazon and ccradio.com. You can get these radios at either Radio Shack or Amazon. I was going to ask my local Radio Shack if they can give me any more advice about these radios. Obviously, there are reasons one radio costs more than the other, such as digital tuning and sound, but what it all boiled down to for me was "Does this radio get me 700 AM?" The Sony ICF-36 did and for only a $25 risk. Plus it's smaller and weighs only a pound, so you can really take it with you. The Sony folks say their antenna is sensitive, but I couldn't find a direct comparison of antenna strength between the Sony, the GE and the CCRadio.

Hey, at least I know I will always get Marty and Joe. The proof of its worth will be during the season, if WLW has a strong signal throughout the summer.
 
I believe you should get WLW 700 AM from an AM Radio with a sensitive antenna from the DC area. You just have to do the research. I would like to know what you find out.

My third option would be to stream Reds games, either on MLB.com for audio or MLB.TV for audio/video or take my chances with WKKI in Celina and WATH in Athens. I tried those radio stations online and they didn't work for me. Can someone else verify this? FYI, WLW 700 AM has free streaming radio on its website 24/7 except for Reds games, which is restricted from streaming audio by MLB.

I figure this will be an experimental year for me as I try to find the best way to get my Reds games from where I live. This is also an experimental year for the Reds, so I might not miss much if I fail to hear a game. But they will get better soon and I want to be ready.

BLee, let me know how it goes for you.

P.S. - I had previously relegated to relying on ESPN to show Reds highlights, but since the Reds moved from Boston and dropped the Sox from their name, they don't get on SportsCenter anymore [backstab]. I could TiVo Baseball Tonight on any given night and the Reds could even miss the highlights in the entire hour. I know part of this is due to their on-field performance. The other option is to subscribe to the MLB Extra Innings package on DirecTV, but it is not worth it for me right now.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #60 on: February 17, 2006, 11:35:19 AM »
Unless there is a station already using the 700 KHz in Washington to cause interference, any type of radio should pick up WLW in the District.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #61 on: February 17, 2006, 12:39:19 PM »
In my area (St. Louis) there is a Gospel station on 690 AM.  Is that why 700 doesn't always come in that clear?  Damn Gospel Hour!

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #62 on: February 17, 2006, 01:08:49 PM »
The best time to get WLW is at night, the signal bounces off the ionosphere (sp) and back down.  For some reason its stronger at night than during the day.  I heard a rumor once that said WLW actually ups their signal at night, but I don't know if that is true.  I do know that I've been able to get the signal in Des Moines, Iowa and in the Flordia panhandle as well as DC on my car sterio and on a little portable at night.  It's more hit and miss during the day.
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #63 on: February 17, 2006, 01:51:52 PM »
 :clap: Hooray for the ionosphere!

Source: http://apollo.lsc.vsc.edu/classes/met130/notes/chapter1/ion2.html

The Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation

The ionosphere is important for radio wave (AM only) propagation....

ionosphere is composed of the D, E, and F layers

the D layer is good at absorbing AM radio waves

D layer dissapears at night.... the E and F layers bounce the waves back to the earth



this explains why radio stations adjust their power output at sunset and sunrise

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #64 on: February 17, 2006, 01:59:06 PM »
I don't know about XM or Sirius...

but, I used MLB.tv & there is MLB.radio for out-of-towners... the cost isn't that bad either...
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #65 on: February 17, 2006, 06:34:05 PM »
Wow Dayton, Thanks for the science lesson.  You learn something new every day!
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #66 on: March 02, 2006, 08:38:47 AM »
700 WLW is coming to XM soon.

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #67 on: March 02, 2006, 09:06:46 AM »
^ WLW 700 AM is on XM Channel 173.  It's a few seconds behind the actual AM feed, but for where I'm at in St. Louis, it's just what I need to drown out the Cardinals hype  :clap:

Next up on the dial is MLB Radio on XM 175 and during the MLB season all baseball games will be broadcast on XM 176-189.  This brings up an interesting point.  How will Reds games be broadcast on XM?  Will WLW on XM 173 carry Reds games or will it be treated like streaming WLW radio online, where they don't have exclusive MLB rights to stream Reds games?  I hope WLW keeps the Reds games so I can hear them on 2 XM channels.  Whatever happens I'll be ready since I have XM for the whole year.

The only issue I have with MLB games on XM is when you get either the home or the away team's broadcasters for the Reds or any team for that matter.  But with WLW on XM, I think it's a sure bet that I'll get Marty and Joe/Steve all the time. 
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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #68 on: March 02, 2006, 09:17:22 AM »
I like listening to MLB Radio on XM 175 but they never cover the Reds, even with Rob Dibble on the air. It's nice that the Reds can get national exposure on their own station the same way TBS did for the Braves and WGN for the Cubs on cable TV. It'll also be interesting to see if other teams will follow suit. I know the Cardinals and Indians are jumping into exclusive radio station ownership, with the Cards moving to KTRS 550 AM from the more-powerful KMOX 1120 AM.

How did WLW swing this deal with XM? I think it's a brilliant move!

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Re: Cincinnati Reds Discussion
« Reply #69 on: March 02, 2006, 01:18:01 PM »
More info on WLW on XM:

Here's a blog that best explains why WLW on XM will not air Reds games...

If you’re trying to decide between XM or Sirius satellite radio, here’s something to consider. WLW-AM will be added to the XM satellite radio lineup on Wednesday, March 1, on Channel 173.
The entire day – except for Reds and Bengals games – will be heard across North America on XM. (Major League Baseball has a separate deal with XM; the NFL has an exclusive deal with Sirius.) Alternative programming (taped or some live call-in shows) will air during Reds and Bengals games.
So this means Gary Burbank, Mike McConnell will be heard from coast to coast. And Cunningham and Furman? Is this a good idea? At least WLW-AM will truly be “the nation’s station” again – as it was in 1934-39 when it broadcast experimentally on 500,000 watts.
Source: http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2006/02/big-one-on-xm.asp

This is still why I will invest my money ($150) in a Mini CC Radio, due out in May 2006. This is reportedly better in every aspect of the CC Radio Plus. I want to be able to hear Reds games wherever I'm at, so this is what works for me:
http://www.ccrane.com/miniccradio/index.aspx

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