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    Sox @ Reds GT 9/19/20

    This White Sox-Reds 'MLB on Fox' broadcast tonite is the first game of 2020 that will be televised on free TV in the Chicago area. No cable, satellite dish, or internet required. Only an antenna. The game will be shown on the regular Fox over-the-air network, which is different from the cable only networks FS1 or FS2. Locally in the Chicago area the channel is: Channel 32 WFLD. Fox is airing 2 different MLB games at the same time in different parts of the country. The other telecast is Braves vs. Mets. Here is a link to a map showing which parts of the country will be receiving each game (courtesy of 506 Sports). The White Sox vs. Reds game will be shown on your local Fox network affiliate for viewers located in the purple zone: https://506sports.com/mlb.php?yr=2020&wk=6 I heard that A.J. Pierzynski is calling the ChiSox-Reds telecast )
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    Coming to Chicago-advice on travel from Waukegan

    There’s also a Lou Malnati’s in Lake Forest (takeout only) on Waukegan Road (Illinois 43) which is probably a little closer to North Chicago / Great Lakes than the Gurnee store. Traffic from the north suburbs into the city on Saturday is just as hideous as Fridays are. My experience is that traffic going southbound on the Edens Expressway (Interstate 94) backs up around Skokie, starting around 3 or 4:00 PM on Saturdays all the way to “the junction” where the Edens Expressway runs into the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90). Where the 2 expressways meet on the northside of Chicago, traffic on the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90 & 94) is a little better (but still very full with vehicles) until getting to downtown. Traffic gets backed up on the Edens Spur (Interstate 94), the portion that connects the Tri-State Tollway to the Edens Expressway, due to recently started new construction. This was a problem even prior to the construction because 2 lanes merge into 1 lane in the Deerfield / Northbrook area traveling east on the Spur just prior to connecting with the Edens Expressway. The way to avoid this from the north surburbs is to take U.S. 41 going south instead of the Tri-State Tollway. More backups traveling south when you get close to downtown due to the never ending reconstruction of the Jane Byrne Interchange, where 3 expressways meet. The Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90 & 94) has express lanes which are reversable depending on the time of day. If you decide to get on the express lanes on the way to the ballpark, remember to get off the express lanes (if they are open southbound) and onto the local lanes around Division Street, or else you will be forced onto Ohio Street feeder ramp in the River North area, which is not the direction to Guaranteed Rate Field on the southside. But if you are going to Navy Pier before the game, Ohio Street would be the best way to get to the pier. Probably a better idea to take Metra and CTA on either day. Plus you will save the $20 parking cost at the ballpark. But if you are intending to go other places before the game, driving might work out better. I don’t think ticket prices are higher at Guaranteed Rate Field than most other major league ballparks. Concessions are a different story. To save money on ticket costs, you can buy Upper Deck tickets, and just move to down to any open seats in the Lower Deck if the attendance is under 20,000. I heard the policy is if attendance is greater than 20,000, you will be stuck in the Upper Deck deck for the entire game if you have an Upper Deck ticket. On Saturday, Jim Thome Bobbleheads will be handed out to the first 20,000 fans entering the ballpark. You may want to arrive a couple hours early to make certain to receive the bobbles. Plus, lines entering the ballpark are much longer than the past due to increased security at the gates mandated by MLB. Don’t forget Saturday night games start at 6:10 PM, which is 1 hour earlier than weeknight games. Your daughter that doesn’t like baseball may still enjoy the game anyways. The Sox do a good job entertaining visitors who are not fans.
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    Don't see how Sox/Twins get a single game in this weekend

    There are only enough indoor stadiums and warm climate stadiums for 28 teams. 2 teams would have to play each other at a cold stadium. This could be corrected by moving Twins games to the Vikings indoor stadium for the month of April. .
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    The Chicago Ballpark That Never Was

    No, that location should become an airport again, Plus, Richard Daley Jr. needs to be sent to prison for a long time for going in with bulldozers in the middle of the night! Lock him up for terrorism. That's actually a fine location. Close to downtown, an expressway, and public tranportation. Has access from all directions, which is not possible along the lakeshore. No they wouldn't. The American League had not approved the move, plus the league indicated that a move out of Chicago would not be approved. Who cares if the ballpark is facing the skyline or not? Just because other teams do that, does not mean the White Sox have to. Wanna see the skyline? Walk outside of the ballpark, face north, and look at it. .
  5. Saturday, April 7, 2018 Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Stadium: guaranteed rate V Field Game start time: 1:10 PM Central Daylight Time Starting pitchers: Lucas Giolito (0-0, 4.50) vs. Michael Fulmer (0-1, 1.13) Promotion: Winter Hat presented by Coca-Cola handed out to first 15,000 fans entering the ballpark Announcers: Steve Stone and Jason Benetti (television), Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson (radio), Hector Molina and Billy Russo (Spanish radio) Television start time: 1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern * 6 over-the-air TV stations: Chicago WGN-TV, Channel 9 (Independent) Rockford WIFR-LD, Channel 23-3 (COZI TV) Quad Cities WQAD-TV Moline, Channel 8-3 (my network TV) Cedar Rapids / Waterloo / Iowa City KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids, Channel 9-2 (my network TV) Springfield, IL / Decatur / Champaign WBUI Decatur, Channel 23 (The CW) Indianapolis WNDY-TV Maron, IN, Channel 23 (my network TV) * Note: Not televised at South Bend and Peoria / Bloomington, IL due to scheduling conflict with WLS-TV Chicago Cubs telecast( Radio: Chicago AM 720 WGN And the ‘WGN White Radio Network’ http://wgnradio.com/2018/03/18/2018-white-...ork-affiliates/ Spanish Radio: Chicago AM 1200 WRTO (Univision Deportes Radio) / FM HD 105.1 WOJO-HD3 Evanston (using HD capable radios) / Channel 9 WGN-TV Second Audio Program (by pressing SAP button on remote) .
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    4/4/18 GT: White Sox vs Blue Jays

    QUOTE (TheTruth05 @ Apr 4, 2018 -> 02:16 PM) Does anybody know why this game's radio broadcast will be on ESPN1000? Just curious. The White Sox game is airing tonite on AM 1000 WMVP due to a scheduling conflict with Chicago Blackhawks hockey game airing on AM 720 WGN radio. By the way, the first pitch tonite happens at 6:07 PM CDT (Central Daylight Time), not CST (Central Standard Time) which ended a couple weeks ago. .
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    **Game 3 of 162: Sox at Toronto**

    Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Stadium: Rogers Centre Game start time: 6:07 PM Central Daylight Time (7:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time, local time in Toronto) Starting pitchers: Reynaldo Lopez (2017: 3-3, 4.72) vs. Jaime Garcia (2017: 5-10, 4.41) Announcers: Steve Stone and Jason Benetti (television), Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson (radio) Television start time: 6:00 PM Central / 7:00 PM Eastern * 8 over-the-air TV stations: Chicago WGN-TV, Channel 9 (Independent) Rockford WIFR-LD, Channel 23-3 (COZI TV) Quad Cities WQAD-TV Moline, Channel 8-3 (my network TV) Cedar Rapids / Waterloo / Iowa City KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids, Channel 9-2 (my network TV) Peoria / Bloomington, IL WAOE Peoria, Channel 59 (my network TV) Springfield, IL / Decatur / Champaign WBUI Decatur, Channel 23-2 (this TV) Indianapolis WNDY-TV Maron, IN, Channel 23 (my network TV) * South Bend WMYS-LD, Channel 69 (my network TV) * Radio: Chicago AM 720 WGN And the ‘White Radio Network’ http://wgnradio.com/2018/03/18/2018-white-...ork-affiliates/ .
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    **Game 2 of 162: Sox at KC Thread**

    Saturday, March 31, 2018 Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Stadium: Kauffman Stadium Game start time: 6:15 PM Central Daylight Time Starting pitchers: Lucas Giolito (2017: 3-3, 2.38) vs. Ian Kennedy (2017: 5-13, 5.38) Announcers: Steve Stone and Jason Benetti (television), Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson (radio) Television start time: Chicago White Sox Warm-Up - 6:00 PM Central / 7:00 PM Eastern * Game telecast - 6:10 PM Central / 7:10 PM Eastern * 9 over-the-air TV stations: Chicago WGN-TV, Channel 9 (Independent) Rockford WIFR-LD, Channel 23-3 (COZI TV) Quad Cities WQAD-TV Moline, Channel 8-3 (my network TV) Cedar Rapids / Waterloo / Iowa City KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids, Channel 9-2 (my network TV) Peoria / Bloomington, IL WAOE Peoria, Channel 59 (my network TV) Springfield, IL / Decatur / Champaign WBUI Decatur, Channel 23 (The CW) Indianapolis WISH-TV, Channel 8 (The CW) * Marion, IN WNDY-TV, Channel 23-3 (The CW) (WISH-TV simulcast) * South Bend WMYS-LD, Channel 69 (my network TV) * Radio: Chicago AM 720 WGN And the ‘White Radio Network’ http://wgnradio.com/2018/03/18/2018-white-...ork-affiliates/ .
  9. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs Stadium: Sloan Park, Mesa, Arizona Game start time: 2:05 PM Central (1:05 PM Mountain, local time at Arizona) Starting pitchers: Carson Fulmer (2017: 3-1, 3.86) vs. Jon Lester (2017: 13-8, 4.33) White Sox Radio Chicago AM 720 WGN Announcers: Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson Broadcast start time: 2:05 PM Central Cubs Television Chicago WGN-TV, Channel 9 (Independent) South Bend WMYS-LD, Channel 69 (my network TV) * Indianapolis WNDY-TV Marion, Channel 23 (my network TV) * Rockford WIFR-LD, Channel 23-2 (Antenna TV) Peoria / Bloomington, IL WAOE Peoria, Channel 59 (my network TV) Quad Cities WQAD-TV Moline, Channel 8 (ABC) Cedar Rapids / Waterloo / Iowa City KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids, Channel 9-2 (my network TV) Des Moines KDSM-TV, Channel 17 (Fox) Announcers: Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies Broadcast start time: 2:00 PM Central / 3:00 PM Eastern * Streaming Audio Cubs.com National Broadcast Television (cable / satellite) MLB Network Announcers: Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies (WGN-TV telecast) Broadcast start time: 3:00 PM Central (1 hour tape delay) .
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    Cumulus Media trying to drop White Sox/Bulls from WLS

    LOL! You're 24 miles away (in a straight line) from the tower in Tinley Park, and you "can't get a good signal half the time"? Get a better radio! WLS should come in Loud & Clear where you're at. The station has 50,000 watts and is a Clear Channel, the highest amount allowed in the USA. If you are listening indoors, make certain that all dimmer light switches and touch sensitive lamps are turned off because they will cause interference to every station on the AM band. Regarding the programming, it's NOT dreadful. The station's format is: Talk, that's what they do, just like other Talk stations on the AM dial. Around the same time that WLS got the rights for the Sox & Bulls, several non-political shows were added: John Howell & Ray Stevens, Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, and Steve Dahl. .
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    Cumulus Media trying to drop White Sox/Bulls from WLS

    Robert Feder is usually right on the money, so we can disregard Daily Herald writer Scot Gregor's Tweet about the White Sox going to FM. WMVP actually has an excellent signal (50,000 watts, clear channel regional), although some listeners located west of the towers (which are located in Downers Grove) have complained about reception at night. WLS is a good station. I can think of many other choices that would be worse than WLS. You're in Rockford. Last season, AM 1330 WNTA in Rockford 'Sportsfan Radio 1330' carried all White Sox games. Hopefully the station will renew for 2018. If not, AM 1060 WRHL in Rochelle is a station that reaches Rockford which has aired White Sox game for many years. .
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    Cumulus Media trying to drop White Sox/Bulls from WLS

    Yes, All News 105.9 WCFS-FM Elmwood Park / Chicago (simulcast of AM 780 WBBM) is another possibility. The company that owns Newsradio, Entercom (formerly CBS) already has the rights to the Bears (WBBM / WCFS-FM) and Cubs (WSCR), so they would have 4 Chicago teams, if the White Sox and Bulls are added. I remember in 2015, the one season when WBBM carried Cubs games, baseball aired only on AM 780 while FM 105.9 continued with All News. In your example, that would be just the opposite (All News airing on AM, Bulls and White Sox airing on FM). Presently, Chicago Bears games are simulcast on both AM and FM. Probably the Bulls & Sox would prefer to air on AM 780 (if only one band is available), due to the extended reach of the 50,000 watt signal at night to many states far away from Chicago. The White Sox previously aired on 780 WBBM during the 1980 and 1981 seasons. And the Bulls aired one season on 105.9, in 2006 - 2007 when that station had a Talk format as WCKG. Perhaps an announcement will be made this week. .
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    Cumulus Media trying to drop White Sox/Bulls from WLS

    Merlin Media, the company that actually owns WLUP and WKQX, has indicated that it will operate the stations after Cumulus gets approval from the bankruptcy judge to back out of the arrangement. My guess is that the Bulls and White Sox may be talking to Randy Michaels (the man in charge of Merlin Media). I may be totally wrong, but I don't see many possibilities for the Bulls & Sox to land on any other big music-orientend FM station in Chicago. Perhaps the Bulls could go to the new Rap Oldies station owned by Entercom (formerly CBS), '104.3 Jams' WBMX (formerly Classic Hits 'K-Hits' WJMK). http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-...0119-story.html .
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    Cumulus Media trying to drop White Sox/Bulls from WLS

    My guess is that could be 97.9 WLUP 'The Loop'. Most major market FM music stations that are owned by big broadcasting corporations and subscribe to Arbitron (or whatever the ratings service is named now nowadays), are not going to pre-empt nonstop music formats for any sports play-by-play. But Randy Michaels, the man in charge of Merlin Media, the company that is about to regain ownership and control of WLUP and WKQX, is known to think outside the box. He supports non-music, spoken word programming on FM. I remember that some Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, also football aired a couple years ago on WLUP and All News WIQI (now WKQX) when Randy Michaels was in charge. I'm located north of Lake Cook Road, right in the center of Lake County (Illinois), and WLS comes in just fine using a $20 radio. I listened to 5 hours of the Soxfest live broadcast today (from 10 AM to 3 PM), with no problems. Plus, I'm sure if I drive anywhere in the suburbs west Interstate 355 (which runs from Itasca to New Lenox), I could easily hear WLS in my car. Perhaps your reception problem is because you are located in McHenry County, which is quite a distance from the WLS transmitter at Tinley Park. Also, if you have a cell phone charger in your vehicle, don't plug it in while listening to AM. There are high performance AM radios made by C. Crane which will solve everything for you when listening indoors, but that doesn't help your reception problem in your car. Well then the Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls are "complete jokes" too because those teams do not air on Sports Talk stations either. Chicago Bears - WBBM / WCFS-FM (format: All News), Chicago Blackhawks - WGN (format: Talk), Chicago Bulls - WLS (format: Talk). .
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