KSPN, KLAA worth a deal to share Angels content, ESPN Radio shows

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Yes, this is a robot flipping pancakes. It just seemed appropriate with this story:

Five days before KSPN-AM (710) adjusts its daily sports-talk show lineup to accomodate a slight shift in the ESPN Radio national lineup, the station announced it has worked out a deal to simulcast at least 60 Angels games this season that are broadcast on the team-owned KLAA-AM (830).

Last season, KFWB-AM (980) simulcast Angels’ weekday games.

The 710 signal was the Angels’ original spot on the radio dial when it came in as an American League team in 1961, and stayed there through 1996. That was when it was known as KMPC and was owned by Gene Autry. The Angels were also on 710 KSPN from 2003 until 2007 before Angels owner Arte Moreno bought Orange County-based KLAA and moved the Angels games there starting in 2008. The somewhat weak signal resulted in the team doing a simulcast deal to strengthen the reach into other parts of Southern California.

KSPN also carries Lakers and USC football and basketball: KLAA also carries the NHL’s Ducks and Notre Dame football.

In exchange for carrying the simulcast, KLAA will inherit some national programming from ESPN Radio. A typical KLAA weekday lineup starting Monday will go:

3-7 a.m.: “Mike & Mike in the Morning”
7-10 a.m.: “The Sports Lodge with Roger Lodge”
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Scott Van Pelt Show
1-4 p.m.: The Doug Gottlieb Show
4-5 p.m.: Ridin’ Dirty
5-7 p.m.: Angels pregame
7-10 p.m.: Angels games
10-11 p.m.: Angels postgame

At KSPN, the new lineup starting Monday goes:

3-7 a.m.: “Mike & Mike in the Morning”
7-10 a.m.: “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd (instead of 7 to 11 a.m.)
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Mychal Thompson and Andrew Siciliano (instead of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
2-6 p.m.: Steve Mason and John Ireland (instead of 3-7 p.m.)
6-9 p.m.: A. Martinez and Brian Long
9-10 p.m.: SportsCenter Nightly
10 p.m.-2 a.m.: Jason Smith
2-3 a.m.: SportsCenter AM

“From an ESPN perspective, Southern California Sports Fans will now be able to experience our complete Radio line-up including The Scott Van Pelt Show and The Doug Gottlieb Show,” said Tim McCarthy, senior vice president of ESPN Radio Group. “This is especially exciting for Doug, as he will now be heard in his native Orange County.”

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.

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Coming next month (eh, tomorrow): 30 baseball books in 30 days … again … aka, the diary of a gimpy sports writer

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Benefitting again from the fact that April seems to be the month when most of us consider reading some of the new baseball books that spring forward, we’re gonna rip through 30 books this months that have caught our attention, landed in our mailbox, or just plain look too good to pass up because so many others have heard about it.

We look back on the previous year’s lists:

== From 2009: (linked here)

== From 2008: (linked here)

== In 2007, we did an abbreviated look at the baseball media that took us here: linked here, here, here and here. And here … and here …. and this one here. … and here

Don’t read too much into this. Yet.

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For a sport that should care about skin condition, AVP finds a viable partner

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Having had title sponsors in the past with such as a company that made cars and another that crafted goofy rubber shoes, the AVP announced today skin-care company Nivea will be the new logo associated with pro beach volleyball.

Does Nivea make sunscreen? You bet your UV it does (linked here).

The newly titled 2010 AVP Nivea Tour will likely discourage old, leathery players unless they’ve had the full treatment of skin care products before they step out on the court.

“Signing Nivea ushers in a new era of growth and stability for the AVP,” said new league commish Mike Dodd in a statement. “With its iconic character, its dedication to skin and body care worldwide, Nivea fits perfectly with the health and vitality of our players. I see no limits to our future together.”

The tour begins April 16 in Fort Lauderdale, with the return of Misty May-Treanor after missing last year with an Achilles injury. ESPN2 has the final on April 18 at 2:30 p.m.

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Dodgers, KABC about to extend contract through 2011

The Dodgers and flagship station KABC-AM (790) will soon announce a one-year contract extension, probably by Monday’s Opening Day, industry sources say.

That would take the contract through 2011.

In October, 2007, the Dodgers went back to KABC, their partner from 1973-’97, after a five-year run with KFWB-AM (980).

There has been internal discussion within the Dodgers front office that taking the broadcast in-house and buying a radio station — which the Angels’ Arte Moreno did with KLAA-AM (830) — would be the next logical step in controlling the message.

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Our Daily Dread: Viva los Vinny

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Maybe the last thing Vin Scully needs to do is gamble with his well being. The Dodgers’ 82-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster took two trips to Glendale, Ariz., in the last two weeks after suffering a recent fall at his home that required stitches to the back of his head and a nasty bruise on his right elbow.

Regardless, Scully will roll the dice fly this morning to Las Vegas — to do play-by-play of the Dodgers’ exhibition game at Cashman Field near downtown against the Cincinnati Reds that will be carried live on Prime Ticket (7 p.m.).

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The field is home to the Las Vegas 51’s (linked here), which used to be the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate before they switched back to Albuquerque and inhereted the Isotopes. It actually wouldn’t be all that much of an effort to get in the car this afternoon, make the four-plus hour drive, see the game, stick around for the late-night activities … Lent is almost over.

What’s also worth noting: The cameras and sound that come from this one will be from the top-notch Prime Ticket crew instead of borrowing a feed from whatever that amateur-looking Cactus League shared production that’s been used from Arizona this past month.

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