Monday, April 02, 2007


Jim Williams, The Examiner
Apr 2, 2007 3:00 AM (5 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 7 of 20,153
WASHINGTON - It is always a treat talking to Stan Kasten — always up beat, positive and willing to talk about anything Nationals related.

I spoke to him about the state of the team’s broadcasting efforts for the 2007 season and beyond.

» Kasten on his first full year in charge of all things Nationals: “The Lerner family and I wanted our fans to be able to enjoy every Nationals game on TV, radio and at the ball park and we were able to do that this season. We will broadcast all 162 games in Washington on MASN with exception of one FOX telecast. We have a good signal on WTWP 1500 AM and 107.7 FM so our fans can catch the games on radio as well throughout the mid Atlantic region.”

» Kasten on the upgrades for 2007: “Our partners at MASN have provided us with one of the best broadcasting teams in the business with the talented Bob Carpenter handling the play by play, Debbi Taylor, who served as field producer to the great baseball insider Peter Gammons, has established herself as an accomplished in-game reporter and will add so much to our telecasts. Then there is my good friend Don Sutton, I am telling you that fans will find what a great teacher he is. I mean there is not a game that goes by that I don’t learn something that I did not know about pitching from watching Don do a telecast. I am also excited to have Johnny Holiday and Ray Knight doing our pre and post game shows. MASN has made the shows both comprehensive and interactive so our fans will have unprecedented coverage in 2007.”

» Kasten on the radio side: “First of all we had hoped to have the games in Spanish this year and we were close to pulling it off — but we just came up a bit short. I know that next year we will make that happen. We have a large Hispanic following in the Washington area and we will make broadcasting the games in Spanish a priority for next season. We are back on WTWP with Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler who do such a great job and they have built a wonderful fan base. We have added a new post game call-in show after most games if you a have question you can ask the guys. It is just another small step in giving our fans the best access to us as possible.”

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.

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