Twins return back to radio home
One of my cherished memories of growing up was listening to Minnesota Twins baseball games on the radio.
No matter where I was whether it was in the house, in the yard or tooling down the road in the car, our radio was always tuned to WCCO Radio so I could take in the Twins games.
I often utilized a little transistor radio that brought in crackly sounds from the airwaves to hear at least parts of the Twins games.
I still get a little ribbing now and then about how I used to mimic the likes of Halsey Hall and Herb Carneal, two of the best loved play-by-play announcers in the history of baseball. They have been inducted into the Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Fame. I’d grab the seat belt buckle and use it as a microphone to provide my own commentary of the Twins games.
Who will ever forget how Halsey’s home run calls of “Holy cow” would electrify the radio broadcasts. He was the first broadcaster to use that expression on a baseball broadcast. Or how about Herb’s trademark greeting, “Hi everybody” being reminiscent of his folksy down-home style.
It seemed like something was lost in 2006 when Herb signed off the air for the last time before retiring. His retirement also marked the last time the Twins games were on WCCO.
For the past 11 seasons, it has been a nightmare trying to find the Twins on the radio dial as they have jumped around to various stations. And once you found them there certainly was no guarantee that you’d be able to tune it in for an extended period of time. Depending on the time of the day, it was anybody’s guess whether you would be able to listen to the game or not. More often than not, listeners in the outstate areas were out of luck.
As I go on in life, I often find that what goes around comes around. Such is the case with the Twins.
In a stunning announcement, the Twins will be returning to WCCO, the 50,000-watt station that blankets Minnesota and other portions of the Midwest beginning next season. The station’s clear-channel status helped build the team’s fan base across the Upper Midwest.
As the announcement came last week, Twins president Dave St. Peter says the team is “beyond pleased” to return to its radio home for more than four decades. St. Peter said it’s a multiyear agreement that he expects will be long-term.
Thank goodness. Finally the Twins organization has come to its senses and will be offering something that should have never been taken away.
While it may not be Halsey or Herb in the broadcast booth like those earlier years, the current team of Cory Provus and Dan Gladden will continue to call the games for the Twins following the switch.
This is pretty special to have the Twins coming back home to WCCO. With promising things happening on the field this past season and hopefully next, it will be even greater to have the Twins where they belong on WCCO Radio.
Let’s play ball and go in hot pursuit of enjoying the Twins once again on the radio home that helped build their destiny in Minnesota.