Astros agree to new multi-year deal with iHeartMedia Houston

Games will remain on SportsTalk 790 AM

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros and iHeartMedia Houston today announced a four-year agreement to keep SportsTalk 790 AM, Houston's Live & Local Sports Talk radio station, as the radio home of the Astros.

In 2015, SportsTalk 790 AM will once again broadcast all 162 Astros regular season games as well as virtually every Spring Training game. The pregame and postgame shows will continue as well. Play-by-play man Robert Ford and color analyst Steve Sparks will return for a third season as the Astros radio broadcast team.   

"We're extremely pleased to continue our relationship with SportsTalk 790," said Reid Ryan, Astros President of Business Operations. "They have been a great partners for many years, presenting Astros baseball in a first-class manner. With this agreement, Astros fans will continue to enjoy entertaining game broadcasts as well as quality pre and postgame shows."

"I'm excited to extend our partnership with the Houston Astros for an additional four years; years that are sure to be the most successful and memorable in Astros history." said Eddie Martiny, President/Market Manager, iHeartMedia Houston. "I am confident that Jim Crane, Reid Ryan and Jeff Luhnow have created a solid foundation for new Manager AJ Hinch and his players to enjoy success for many years to come."

The Astros first Spring Training game will be March 5 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL. The 2015 regular season opener will be Monday, April 6 vs. the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park.

"We're thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with the Astros. Baseball has always been a radio sport and we look forward to broadcasting all the action for this coming season and beyond," said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming, iHeartMedia Houston.

Astros programming on SportsTalk 790 also includes Astroline, a live, weekly, offseason talk show featuring Astros players and front office personnel as guests. Last night's Astroline guest was new Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie. Ford and Sparks alternate as hosts.

Fans can listen to KBME SportsTalk 790 AM programming on the station's website, sports790.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartMedia's best-in-class customizable digital listening experience, offering thousands of live broadcast and digital-only radio stations, plus user-created Custom Stations which provide listeners more songs, better music intelligence, more user control and deeper social media integration, all combined in one free, fully-integrated service (Note - Astros games will not be streamed live on the aforementioned websites).