Jim Crane to be guest on Astroline tonight

HOUSTON, TX — Houston Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane will be tonight’s guest on the club’s popular Astroline call-in radio show at 7 p.m. Hosted by Hall of Fame Broadcaster Milo Hamilton, Astroline, presented by Budweiser, is broadcast live from Buffalo Wild Wings at 510 Gray Street.

Media wishing to attend Astroline should RSVP with the Astros media relations staff at mjtrahan@astros.com or by calling (713) 259-8900.

The show is open to the public and airs on the club’s flagship station, KTRH 740 AM. Listeners can call the show with questions at 713-212-5874. Fans may also send questions to Alyson Footer via Twitter at twitter.com/alysonfooter.  Astroline is streamed live at www.astros.com. Archived broadcasts from this year’s shows are also available on the team’s website.

The purchase of the Houston Astros by Crane and a group of mostly-local investors was approved unanimously by Major League Baseball on November 17, 2011.  After a series of meetings with Astros season ticket holders, Crane introduced several fan-friendly initiatives for the 2012 season, including a reduction in ticket prices on various levels, rebates for season ticket holders and a new policy allowing fans to bring food and water into Minute Maid Park.  Crane also took part in the Astros Winter CAREavan in February.

Hamilton began his Hall of Fame radio career as a disc jockey on the Armed Forces Radio Network during Thanksgiving week in 1945. The 2012 season will be his 28th with the Astros and his 59th year broadcasting Major League Baseball.

Tonight’s Astroline is the 12th of 18 scheduled shows during its five-month run leading into the 2012 baseball season. Later this month, Astroline will move to Florida, where it will be  broadcast live from the ESPN Club restaurant, located at the Disney Boardwalk. The first of four broadcasts from Florida will be on Feb. 29.

Astroline features interviews, news and information on the Houston Astros. The show features a different guest each week, ranging from current and former Astros players to front office personnel.