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Posted at 3:06 PM ET, 02/10/2011

106.7 The Fan expected to become Nats flagship station

By Dan Steinberg

The Nationals are expected to sign a deal making local sports talker 106.7 The Fan their flagship station in coming days, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Under the proposed deal, former flagship station WFED 1500 AM would remain a Nats radio affiliate and would broadcast all the team's games, which would help maintain coverage to the north. WJFK, meantime, would add the strong penetration of an FM signal while also helping listeners in D.C.'s western suburbs. 106.7 The Fan would broadcast all the team's night and weekend games, plus holiday matinees. Non-holiday weekday day games would be broadcast on its sister station, WHFS 1580 AM.

WJFK -- which also is the flagship station for the Wizards -- would have a 30-minute pre-game show for every game, hosted by Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler, who will remain the broadcast team. There will also be a call-in style post-game show of up to 45 minutes, to be hosted by Phil Wood. There are also plans for WJFK to have a broadcast set at Nats Park, next to the MASN set in the center field plaza, that could host promotions and the post-game show.

Most of this news was first reported by Nats Insider and The Goessling Game. Grrrrrr.

106.7 The Fan is also likely to have an increased Nats presence during the rest of its programming, including up to two weekly shows involving the team's announcers, players and front-office personnel. 106.7 The Fan's local rival, ESPN 980, continues to be a radio affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

UPDATE: On the few nights the Wizards and Nats overlap in April, the Nats will be heard on 1500 and 1580. On nights the Caps and Nats overlap, the Caps will stay on 1500.

By Dan Steinberg  | February 10, 2011; 3:06 PM ET
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Comments

This is great news -- will finally be able to listen to a night game on the drive home to Leesburg.

Posted by: MadCap1 | February 10, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Because the Caps and Nats were both on WFED, the Caps playoff games had been moved to WJFK the last three years because of the conflicts.

Now that WJFK is the flagship for the Nats and WFED is the affilate, will the Caps playoff games stay on WFED or move to another station this year?

Posted by: CapsNut | February 10, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Phil Wood returning to D.C. radio to talk baseball.

I am a little puzzled as to why the flagship won't carry weekday afternoon games. Are LaVar and Dukes that highly rated? Is possibly missing out on three hours of Redskins training camp talk in late July more important than an actual Nats regular season game? Isn't a sports station there to broadcast sports along with talking about it?

Posted by: TheFingerman | February 10, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

This is, indeed, great news -- will finally be able to listen to ANY PORTION of the games at my house in Rockville.

Posted by: Section138 | February 10, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

THANK GOD. Finally get to hear Charlie and Dave (best DC radio guys btw) in clear reception!! but the only thing is what happens to all the evening shows like overtime with bill rohland? but this is fantastic news.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 10, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

What's funny is that the Orioles still outdraw the Natinals for tv and radio ratings in the DC-area.

Hahahahaha, suck on that Natinal fans.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 10, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Poopy--Actually, that's not true. It happened for one week last year, when the Nats were on the West Coast and playing all their games that week at 10 p.m. If you have any figures that contradict that, please present them.

Posted by: TheFingerman | February 10, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Good news! A strong FM signal and some Lavar beforehand!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | February 10, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

As I could never get the game on the radio from my apartment 5 blocks from the stadium, this is great news, that they are now on a tower and not a metal rod attached to a hamster wheel.

I can now finally make a judgement call of Charlie Slowes, who I am told is a bit jive.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 10, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Orioles fans. Poor jerks. They just can't stand the fact for them the party is over, in fact it has been for the better part of 25 years.

The Orioles of 1966-1983 with a brief revivial in 1996-1998 are gone.

What has replaced it is a franchise that is near the Pittsburgh Pirates for futility.

The Nationals came to Washington with no farm system and no stars thanks in large part to the trade fair conducted by Omar Minaya on his way out the door when MLB finally gave up the team.

But what is Baltimore's excuse?

A 97 win team in 1997 was allowed to wither on the vine, the manager was fired for BS reasons by the owner, the GM left and there you have it - a team that has been looking up from the bottom of the AL East for most of the past 13 years.

Angelos ruined the Orioles just as Snyder ruined the Redskins.

He had to inject his own abusive personality and those of his sons into every decision that was made.

Nobody with a MLB resume and future worth a nickel would work for the guy.

For those restive Orioles fans here that want to dump on the Nats, give us at least a FEW more years of futility before you label this team.

After all, we had to put up with watching your lousy product for the decade before the Nats came to town.

Remember the 0-21 start in the late 1980's?

Not too many bright moments after 1983 were there?

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 10, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

What will happen on nights when the Capitals, Wizards and Nationals all overlap?

Posted by: evwill | February 10, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

evwill, the universe will fold in on itself. The last thing we'll be worrying about is radio coverage.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | February 10, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

this is excellent news especially since it also includes more coverage outside of games themselves.

Anything but break up the skins blabber since at this point, it's all moot until there is no more Danny. Just like the O's and Angelos.

Posted by: Rogueone | February 10, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"Orioles fans. Poor jerks. They just can't stand the fact for them the party is over, in fact it has been for the better part of 25 years."

Umm better than not having a team for a whole generation, hence why I am more of an O's fan than a Gnats fan. And the Orioles were decent to excellent for most of the 90s.


"The Nationals came to Washington with no farm system and no stars thanks in large part to the trade fair conducted by Omar Minaya on his way out the door when MLB finally gave up the team.

But what is Baltimore's excuse?"

May I say we don't make excuses like you do. We've been bad for the last decade in a half almost, but we don't place the blame except on the field. Seems like you want to complain about all of MLB screwing you over. And get over it, Minaya has been gone since 2004. Are you tell me it takes more than six years to have a respectable club? There have been two presidential elections during that time frame. And the Rockies made it to the playoffs in their second year of existence, Marlins won in their 5th year, and more impressively, the Dbacks won in their 4th.


"Nobody with a MLB resume and future worth a nickel would work for the guy."

Just out of curiousity who would you rather have Riggleman or Buck? And while we're on this topic, who has more impressive track record, Andy MacPhail or Mike Rizzo?


"After all, we had to put up with watching your lousy product for the decade before the Nats came to town."

Baseball has left DC twice!!!


"Remember the 0-21 start in the late 1980's?"

Remember those two triple digit loss seasons in the last three years.

Bottomline is your going to continue to whine about how MLB screwed you over. You should be happy they screwed over Montreal and as a result there is baseball in DC. The Gnats are entering their 7th year in a weaker division, enough talk from you.

Posted by: break20 | February 10, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

MLB ran a bargain basement operation in Washington until they finally sold the team to the Lerners. Then and only then did the time, $$$$$, and effort was put in to rebuilding the minor league system.

Oh, and Bhawlmuher fans have no business talking about D.C. losing two baseball teams when Bhawlmuher has lost one baseball, one basketball, and two football teams themselves.

Posted by: CapsNut | February 10, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

No matter what statistical, factual evidence is presented to Natinal fans they're always going to be bitter towards and jealous of the Baltimore Orioles and their storied franchise.

Everyone knows it's only a matter of time before the Natinals pull up stakes and move to Vancouver, Vegas, or even Podunk, North Dakota.

After that happens they'll blame Angelos and Dan Snyder.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 10, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I am THRILLED at the prospect of getting Charlie Slowes & Dave Jagler on FM again. Back when 107.7 was WaPo Radio, I'd tune in every game. Hopefully they keep their producer Jack "The Jack of all Things" Hicks.

Posted by: ouij | February 10, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"MLB ran a bargain basement operation in Washington until they finally sold the team to the Lerners. Then and only then did the time, $$$$$, and effort was put in to rebuilding the minor league system."

The Lerners have had a lower payroll then when MLB operated the team. Quit with the excuses. You drafted Desmond, Bally-"star", and Zimm with MLB at the controls. Really are you going to blame MLB or do you have any more "clever" excuses.


"Oh, and Bhawlmuher fans have no business talking about D.C. losing two baseball teams when Bhawlmuher has lost one baseball, one basketball, and two football teams themselves."

Baltimore gained the Browns (they never lost a MAJOR league franchise unless you want to count that Yankee franchise from like 1901 which lasted a season), they lost the Bullets/Colts, neither of which I was fan of. I from the DC area, just that the O's are my team since there was no baseball team here growing up.

Posted by: break20 | February 10, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

What's funny is that the Orioles still outdraw the Natinals for tv and radio ratings in the DC-area.

Hahahahaha, suck on that Natinal fans.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P

False and libelous, reckless and grossly negligent. You have injured the reputation of the Lerner family, the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg's wife, who, incidentally, does not have cancer, but I hear is very hot.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | February 11, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Haha Rachel Strasburg is NOT hot, google her if you want.

Posted by: break20 | February 11, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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