January 9th, 2007

Tigers radio

Look for the Tigers to announce their much-rumored radio deal in the next few days. The arrangement with CBS Radio is expected to involve both WXYT-AM 1270 and WKRK-FM 97.1 locally, giving the Tigers a clearer signal in Detroit while still giving them an all-sports station to package and promote the games. AM 1270 has its first Inside Tigertown show scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. ET. The on-air tandem of Dan Dickerson and Jim Price will remain the same, with Dickerson and Dan Petry doing Inside Tigertown.

Interestingly, the Orioles announced their move to FM – also with a CBS Radio affiliate – on Monday after 19 years on WBAL-AM. The Pirates announced last fall they’re moving their games from superstation KDKA (where they’d been since 1955) to WDVE-FM, operated by Clear Channel. The Braves have had the AM/FM arrangement for a while. So there’s definitely a trend.

Jason Johnson to pitch in Japan

One former teammate the Tigers will not face is Jason Johnson, who according to FOXSports.com has signed a one-year contract with the Seibu Lions. He’ll be trying to help the Lions replace Daisuke Matsuzaka. Much as he could struggle at times with the Tigers, I’m not sure how many people imagined he’d bounce around three teams last year.