New York Mets fans in Albany will be hoping for clear nights this summer after Pamal Broadcasting announced they won’t renew their contract as an affiliate of the club for the 2019 season. New York’s WCBS 880 will be Albany area Mets fans only chance at hearing the game on terrestrial radio.
Pamal Broadcasting began carrying Mets games in 2016 with a three-year contract agreement. During the first two seasons, games were heard on WINU 104.9 FM, which was a CBS Sports Radio affiliate at the time. When 104.9 dropped the sports format to broadcast modern rock in 2018, Mets games were moved to oldies station WROW 590 for the third and final year of their contract.
“We had the contract, so we wanted to honor the contract,” Pamal Broadcasting market manager A.J. Bodden said. “Not having a sports station, it really doesn’t make sense to carry them. It wasn’t a revenue thing. It was just being on a music station.”
According to the Times Union, the Mets have held discussions with other stations in the market, but no deal is close. Albany’s two sports radio stations already have MLB affiliations so a Mets partnership would have to be found elsewhere. WOFX 980 broadcasts all Boston Red Sox games and 104.5 The Team is an affiliate of the New York Yankees.