Pirates extend radio broadcast deal with KDKA

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates agreed to a multiyear broadcast contract extension with CBS Radio's KDKA-FM (93.7 The Fan), the club announced Wednesday.

Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan will continue to be the Pirates' flagship station, as it has been since the 2012 season. The club did not announce the length or financial terms of the agreement. The previous deal covered four years.

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"The Pirates and KDKA Radio have a long and incredibly rich history together. Our fans were excited when the Pirates returned to the KDKA family in 2012, and we are thrilled to continue the very strong relationship," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. "Along with the Pirates Radio Network affiliates, KDKA-FM brings our games to Pirates fans across our entire territory. In addition, Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan supplements the game broadcasts with Pirates programming throughout the season, including its pre- and postgame shows and other Pirates specials. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the CBS Radio family to bring the highest quality Pirates programing to our fans."

Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan will broadcast a total of 16 Spring Training games, all 162 Pirates regular-season games and every postseason game for each year of the contract. Announcers Steve Blass, Greg Brown, Bob Walk and John Wehner will return to the Bucs' broadcast booth, and they'll be joined by new play-by-play man Joe Block.

"Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan is very excited to continue broadcasting Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games and in-depth Pirates-related programming," CBS Radio Pittsburgh senior vice president and market manager Michael Young said in a statement. "Station listeners have enthusiastically embraced Pirates games and programs since the radio station began partnering with the team four years ago, and we are looking forward to many more exciting seasons."

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.