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    Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Reds were moved from the AM dial in Louisville. Last year and for a long time the Reds were on 790 WKRD, unless there was another event like NASCAR or UofL games and it would be on 1080 WKLK. And this year were bumped to Talk 1080 WKLK completely. That's fine, both come in great, owned by the same company. But about a week ago they got moved competely off of AM to some station on FM called 101.7 FM - which doesn't even come close to getting reception here - at least for me. So basically the Reds are off the air, in probably the biggest city outside of Cincinnati for Reds fans. What gets me most is according to city wide radio ratings of all stations here in Louisville Talk 1080 was the WORST in ratings in the city. So its not like they were losing much being on the station.

    I don't know if there is many fans on here from Louisville, but this ticks me off majorly. I don't know if I should complain to 700WLW for their affiliate screwing a major city out of their broadcast or the station here in Louisville. This just sucks bad.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    I agree with you completely. I believe 101.7 is based in Shelbyville so if you aren't close to there you're better off trying to pick up 700 and dealing with the static. I have a hard time believing the Bats are a bigger draw on 790 than the Reds were but what do I know?

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    May I suggest that even though you're finding alternatives to the problem that it can't hurt to drop the Reds a letter and complain. They need to hear from fans when things like this happen. They clearly can't afford to lose a big market like Louisville.

    Sometimes I think it's the bane of the powerful signal of WLW. Few folks know the link to their local station carrying the game. I remember being in Chillicothe and asking someone what station broadcasts the Reds - "oh, 700". Well if it was cloudy or something, you weren't going to pick up the game.

    BTW, the Reds website still shows the station as WKRD-AM 790.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Oh, it really irks me.

    I turned on 101.7 FM, and only recieved static. 700 WLW fades in and out, along with having static. I wish it was still on 1080 AM. I think the 101.7 FM is based in Shelbyville and Louisville, so maybe that's why it sucks in Louisville.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Is there any place we can complain? I'll find an email address or something.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Just buy the MLB radio package. $15 for the season. Granted, it won't help you if you're in the car, but it's pretty reasonable.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Quote Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1 View Post
    Just buy the MLB radio package. $15 for the season. Granted, it won't help you if you're in the car, but it's pretty reasonable.
    Yeah, I have that, and as you said, it doesn't help when you are out driving around.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Quote Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1 View Post
    Just buy the MLB radio package. $15 for the season. Granted, it won't help you if you're in the car, but it's pretty reasonable.


    I got it tonight.Worth the 14.95.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    This is ridiculous, the Reds should do everything they can to keep themselves available over free radio in cities like Louisville.

    Sad, just sad.
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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    I know what you guys are going threw!!!!

    I live in the southern part of WV and have lestined to the reds all my life on 101.9 logan they showed every single game.Well about 10 years ago I went to the mailbox and got the banner and seen on the front page that Logan was droping the Reds b/c they was going to start showing Braves games:thumbdown.I was mad as fire b/c that was the only station that I could get the reds,700 WLW fades in and out, along with having static.

    To this day it still puzzels me why Logan would drop the reds(a hometown team to us)and show a team like the braves that are hundreds of miles away.Its stupid!!!!
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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    I can sympathize with all these people. Several years ago, we had two stations in our area who carried the Reds games. WJLS in Beckely, an AM station and WAXS in Oak Hill an FM station. WJLS took on a religious format and dropped out leaving WAXS and they dropped out ten years ago because they couldn't find advertisers. Night games were OK because we can get WLW at night here, but day games were a wash unless the wind was blowing right and we could pick up WCHS in Charleston.

    That's when XM came to the rescue. I had subscribed to the MLB radio feed (and I still do jsut because for $15 you can't beat it and it gives you another option) and already had XM, so it was a godsend. Even if I didn't enjoy satellite radio (which I do), it's a bargain at +/- $12 per month to get all the games. Consider it. and those of us in the southern part of the state that Suddenlink services now get 145 games on TV.

    But I find it curious that at a time when the Reds were able to get the Suddenlink system to show the Reds games, they nixed Louisville (or didn't try to find a stonger station). It just seems like they have no idea that their fan base goes far beyond the greater Cincinnati area. That's sad and alarming at the same time.
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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    This is ridiculous, the Reds should do everything they can to keep themselves available over free radio in cities like Louisville.

    Sad, just sad.
    The John Allen marketing plan.. give away as few "free games" on the radio and TV as possible.. then people will miss the Reds and come to the park.
    Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Quote Originally Posted by REDREAD View Post
    The John Allen marketing plan.. give away as few "free games" on the radio and TV as possible.. then people will miss the Reds and come to the park.
    Let me make sure I understand the strategy...the best way to promote the Reds and increase attendance is to make it difficult to be a fan away from the park so new fans can't be cultivated and long time fans forget about the Reds and pursue other activities.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    I am able to listen on 700, but I am only 15 miles from Shelbyville and the static is still pretty bad. I can imagine what it's like in Louisville.

    I wanted to sign up for XM's internet-only package to listen to games and Home Plate at work, but those channels aren't available online. I guess that is some sort of licensing issue with MLB.

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    Re: Reds effectively off radio in Louisville :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Slider View Post
    Let me make sure I understand the strategy...the best way to promote the Reds and increase attendance is to make it difficult to be a fan away from the park so new fans can't be cultivated and long time fans forget about the Reds and pursue other activities.

    MLB follows the same plan, just check their TV blackout rules.
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