Shannon to call only Cards home games in NLCS

2013-10-11T00:15:00Z 2013-10-17T17:52:11Z Shannon to call only Cards home games in NLCSBy Dan Caesar • dcaesar@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8175 stltoday.com

Cardinals announcers Mike Shannon and John Rooney will call the Redbirds’ NLCS home games on KMOX (1120 AM) and the rest of the Cardinals Radio Network.

But Shannon, who didn’t return to the booth until the final week of the regular season after being sidelined about a month and a half because of heart surgery, will not travel for the contests in Los Angeles. Rick Horton will work with Rooney for those contests, Cardinals Radio Network coordinator Anne Carroll said Thursday.

But if the Cards reach the World Series, the local version of the broadcasts would be limited to KMOX per baseball broadcasting contracts. The rest of the team’s affiliates would get the ESPN Radio feed, Carroll said.

WXOS (101.1 FM) is the local ESPN Radio affiliate and hopes to air all the NLCS games, too. Dan Shulman (play-by-play) and Orel Hershiser (analysis), who are key members of ESPN TV’s “Sunday Night Baseball’’ telecasts, will have the call of the games.

WXOS program director Chris “Hoss’’ Neupert said Thursday that all but Game 3 have been locked in for his station, and he was working to try to arrange for it to carry that contest, too. It is set for the same time WXOS has a contractual obligation to air “Monday Night Football.’’

For the American League championship series, ESPN Radio’s ”Sunday Night Baseball’’ broadcasters Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Chris Singleton (analysis) are behind the microphones.

As with the NLCS, there is one potential NFL contractual conflict that Neupert is trying to work around — Game 5 is scheduled for the same time 101.1 FM is obligated to carry the Thursday night football contest.

DAN CAESAR

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