Twins confirm switch to Pohlad-owned 96.3 FM

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2012 - 3:33 PM

Listeners will get a better FM signal, and the Pohlad family will get a boost for its radio station, KTWN.

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LMHANSONAug. 14, 1211:05 PM

The signal for ESPN1500 is terrible and its not like the station is trying to become a better sports station. A majority of ESPN1500's "talent" is former KFAN talent/fill-ins....Roofsie, Phunn, Mackey, Doogie, Judd. Judd and Phunn are 40+ years old but they act like they are 20. As big as a homer as PA is, he is still better than Judd and Phunn. Reusse and Mackey do a good job with their Twins coverage, but it's not enough for me to want to listen to ESPN1500. There is just no reason to listen to ESPN1500. This was a good move by the Twins to go to the FM signal!

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bluedevil101Aug. 15, 12 6:44 AM

KSTP should put girl talk on 1500 and ESPN on 107.1. Just my opinion though. I understand the history of the 1500 place on the dial-so it's hard to give it up. But, I also understand the history of 630-and that's been changed and it won't be going back.

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LMHANSONAug. 15, 12 7:49 AM

Good move by the Twins to go to FM regardless of whether or not KTWN is owned by the Pohlads. ESPN1500 is a joke from their lack of signal to their on-air personalities. They are nothing more than a bunch of former KFAN personalities and fill-ins. Phunn, Rufsie, Doogie, Mackey and Judd. While Reusse and Mackey provide great Twins coverage, there is no reason to listen to ESPN1500. And they will be nothing without the Twins. Judd and Phunn are 40+ years old who act like they are 20. Their show was good when it first started, but now I find myself listening to PA from 9-noon even though PA is one of the biggest homers around. There is just no reason for me to listen to ESPN1500.

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scenic61Aug. 15, 12 8:10 AM

Twins broadcasts on 96.3 will not cover the entire metro as KTWN is only a 19kW station. It's signal only radiates out about 25 miles from its tower in New Hope. SE metro listeners will likely get better reception from 920AM out of Faribault than from KTWN FM. If you look at KFAN on 100.3, their conversion to FM has been a success in part because they have a 100kW signal that is easily heard from St.Cloud to Red Wing. KTWN's footprint is no where near as large.

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johnmcfaddenAug. 15, 12 8:45 AM

this is a typical Pohlad move, cheap and shortsighted. While FM is great if you live near the tower it will basically cover a radius from the tower to just north of Forest Lake and barely reach past downtown St Paul. AM tho deficient in clarity and noise ratio to FM thumps it in coverage. This particular FM station is probably not even gonna serve the area I described as it is non a big player in this town anyway. If the Pohlads were doing this for US , I mean to say the folks who love baseball on the radio then they should have gone with 100.3 or another station with real transmitters and higher power. MLB is doing no one any favors either. You can buy the mlb app for your phone but you CANNOT get the in market games on it even if you buy the full app, this is to force you to buy cable TV. Way to go Twins!

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ldahlkeAug. 15, 12 9:18 AM

Good move to FM, the ESPN (1500 AM) station had way to much interference outside the metro area, more then WCCO did and when you drove near a power line you would lose the station totally.

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jethellerAug. 15, 12 9:35 AM

If you live outside the metro area, it is a mistake to go FM. The signal goes away norh of Rush City. As someside in the other paper, "you have to switch stations every 25 miles". Give me the good old days when the Twins were on WCCO and I could hear them alomost anywhere in the state at almost any time of day. As for KFAN switching to FM. Stinks. I can listen to them until Pine City and then lose them until I pick up them up again around Barnum. All because it sounds better. It does not sound better if you can't receive the signal.

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beegusAug. 15, 12 9:39 AM

Thank Heaven!! We live in Long Lake--about 15 miles west of Mpls.--and since the Twins switched to KSTP 1500 from WCCO, we can't get the game after the sun goes down. The broadcast turns staticy and garbled and it fades in and out. We never can hear the end of a night game. When they play on the west coast, we can't hear any of it.

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sibley611Aug. 15, 12 9:47 AM

Huge mistake, born of greed. Say what you will about the 1500 programing, I know where to tune to hear the Twins at night, and the cross-promotion of the Twins within the programing will not be present on the new FM music home. I guess I am in the minority, I love my AM radio and really do not like the electronically enhanced, boomer voices on the new home of KFAN.

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since61Aug. 15, 12 9:58 AM

It makes no difference how good your product is if people can't hear it. I hope this isn't another downgrade in signal quality like the move from 'CCO to KSTP was.

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