Radio News


We have radio news today from two Triple-A Pacific Coast League teams: the New Orleans Zephyrs have a new broadcast home, while the Oklahoma City Dodgers will be back on 1340 “The Game” through the 2018 season.

The new flagship radio station for the Zephyrs in 2016: WODT 1280, Fox Sports New Orleans. All 144 Zephyrs home and away games will be carried by Fox Sports 1280, and will also be available on iHeartRadio. Tim Grubbs returns for his 15th season as the play-by-play voice of the Zephyrs, and will again be joined by Ron Swoboda on all home broadcasts.

“I’m so excited for the Zephyrs to be part of the Fox Sports 1280 brand and to be a part of the iHeart Radio family in New Orleans,” said Jim Fisher, WODT Program Director. “We couldn’t be more pleased to make this great game more accessible to fans on air and through our iHeartRadio app.”

Additionally, a select number of Zephyrs games will be televised again in 2016 on Cox Sports Television, marking the 14th consecutive season CST will bring Z’s baseball to a regional audience. A schedule of televised games will be released at a future date.


In Oklahoma City, the Dodgers will return to 1340 “The Game” (KGHM-AM) through the 2018 season.

The Dodgers and iHeartMedia have been broadcast partners since 2011. All 144 OKC Dodgers games will air on 1340 “The Game,”, and through the iHeartRadio mobile app beginning 15 minutes before first pitch with “Dodgers on Deck” and concluding with “The Dodgers Post-Game Report” following each game.

Nationally syndicated broadcasts of the Triple-A All-Star Game and the Triple-A National Championship will continue to air on 1340 “The Game” as well. During the season, “OKC Dodgers Rewind” will air as a daily recap of the previous game across other iHeartMedia properties.

“Voice of the OKC Dodgers” Alex Freedman will handle all broadcast duties for the fifth consecutive season. Freedman and 1340 “The Game” are the reigning back-to-back winners of the “Best Play-By-Play” award presented by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

“This was an easy decision for both parties involved,” said OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. “We’ve had nothing but a great experience working with iHeartMedia. This partnership has been valuable for both sides, and we look forward to continue to improve upon it.”

iHeartMedia Oklahoma City will continue to have sponsorship elements present at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and on Dodgers-related materials, such as schedules, in-stadium signage, and the PlayBall! program.

“iHeartMedia Oklahoma City and 1340 ‘The Game’ are very excited to continue our partnership with the Dodgers,” said iHeartMedia Oklahoma City Market President Bill Hurley. “Our association with the Dodgers continues to be a great way to extend our brand on ‘The Game’ and on the iHeartRadio mobile app.”

For the second straight season, iHeartMedia Oklahoma City will also serve as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network. Games will primarily air on KTOK-AM 1000, and can be heard on 1340 “The Game” when they do not conflict with OKC Dodgers games.

RADIO_NEWSp style="text-align: justify;">In some ways, radio is easier than television broadcasts as you only need to focus in on the audio aspect of the production. However, it can also be more difficult, in that everything hinges on the quality of the audio.
This means your audio needs to be even better than anything a listener might find on television. If your writing skills are not up to par, the quality of your radio news script is going to suffer tremendously. So, if you are considering entering the world of radio broadcasting and you are looking at the different schools and programs available through and other sources, you need to make sure to practice your radio news script writing. The stronger your writing is, the better your news scripts are going to be.
Short and Sweet
You’ve probably heard the phrase “keep it short and sweet.” You need to embrace this with radio. Your scripts should not be longwinded as it becomes difficult for the listener to remember what exactly you are talking about and what the point of the story is. You want to keep the audience’s interest and provide the necessary information that paints a desirable picture of the scene, without becoming overburdened with too many words.
Introduce the Audio
With radio broadcasting news stories, you are going to have recorded audio segments. You should always bookend the audio recording with your script. This way, you can introduce the audio with your short bit of information and offer a conclusion with your script as well. The recording is the middle segment of your story.
Work on the Tease
You need to grab the attention of your listener with your intro. As you don’t have visual elements to aid you with this, everything needs to come through the language you use. It needs to be active and tense. It should draw people in and make them want them to hear more. Think of it as the teaser trailer for a great film. You want to whet the appetite of the listeners so they can’t wait for you to return and provide more information.
Cut Out Your Opinions
If you are a shock jock radio host, sure, interject your opinion. That is what you are paid to do and you want to give out your opinion so callers can either support or reject your stance. That makes for great talk-show radio. However, a radio news script is not for a talk-show. It is for a news show that needs to deliver just the facts. In order to make sure the listener receives the best quality news program, you need to remove your opinions completely from the broadcast and keep it entirely focused on the news.
Fact Checking
Before ever bringing it up over the airways, it is vital for you to fact check. The last thing you want to do is provide inaccurate information. Now, from time to time you might find out that you provided information that turned out to be not entirely true, even though your sources indicated it to be true at the time. Should you find this out, it is important to cite the correct source and provide the correct information when you can. This helps ensure your level of integrity. News, whether it is radio or television broadcast, is all about integrity. Once someone questions it, you have lost them forever.