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Biloxi Shuckers announce radio network;WGCM AM-1240 is flagship

The Biloxi Shuckers Thursday unveiled the “Shuckers Radio Network” with Coast Radio and WGCM AM-1240 as the Class AA team’s flagship radio station.

PrintThe radio network will provide Shuckers baseball coverage to a number of stations throughout Mississippi. WGCM will serve as the hub for each broadcast, airing all 140 games during the 2015 season.

“We are thrilled to be working with these great radio partners and hope to build our broadcast footprint each year. Shuckers fans will enjoy the play-by-play coverage and game analysis provided by Chris Harris, our director of media and broadcasting and 2013 Southern League Broadcaster of the Year,” said Shuckers General Manager Buck Rogers.

WGCM AM-1240 was the first radio station on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It is the second-oldest in the state.

Shuckers’ game broadcasts will also be heard on these stations: WPMO AM-1580 in Pascagoula/Moss Point, WMXI FM-98.1 in Hattiesburg/Laurel; select games on WVGG AM-1440 and WRBE FM-106.9 in Lucedale and WRJW AM-1320 in Picayune.

Fans will also be able to listen to games for free at biloxishuckers.com and by using the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile, desktop or home devices. Additionally, home games played at MGM Park as well as select road games will be available on MiLB.TV, a subscription-based service provided by Minor League Baseball.

The first radio broadcast will hit the airwaves on Thursday, April 9 from Pensacola, FL with the network pregame show at 6:15 p.m. The Shuckers open their inaugural season against the Blue Wahoos (CIN), at 6:30 p.m.

The Biloxi Shuckers are an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and a member of the Southern League. They are slated to move from their current home in Hunstville, Ala., to begin play in Biloxi’s new MGM Park in mid May.

An earlier schedules called for the Shuckers to begin play in Biloxi in August . However, a $925,000 contribution from the team and Pearl-based sports promotion company Overtime Sports will hurry the schedule and provide money for upgrades.

The Biloxi Sun Herald reports the city council voted unanimously Tuesday and without discussion to modify the lease agreement.
The upgrades include:
» $325,000 for audio/visual equipment
» $275,000 in video upgrades
» $100,000 for entrance upgrades
» $100,000 signage upgrades
» $75,000 for suite upgrades
» $50,000 for company switch upgrade

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