IRVING, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have a new radio home as ESPN 103.3 FM and 1540 AM ESPN Deportes have acquired the exclusive English and Spanish play-by-play broadcasting rights starting with the 2011 season, it was announced Tuesday.
The four-year agreement includes all Rangers regular season and postseason games as well as select spring training games.
"We are very pleased to enter into this long-term radio agreement with ESPN and ESPN Deportes," Rangers managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg said. "Our partnership with ESPN will be an important element as we expand the Rangers brand locally, regionally and nationally. We look forward to a long and productive relationship."
The Rangers radio team of play-by-play broadcaster Eric Nadel and analyst Dave Barnett will call all the action. Eleno Ornelas will handle the play-by-play for the Spanish broadcast team.
"The Texas Rangers and ESPN are two great brands which belong together, and we are honored to be the new radio home for the team," said Pete Dits, vice president and general manager of ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth. "There is tremendous excitement surrounding the Rangers, and we look forward to serving fans with both our English and Spanish radio stations, as well as with enhanced content on ESPNDallas.com, the biggest sports website in the D/FW market.
"This is an excellent opportunity for ESPN, and we are committed to being a great partner for the Texas Rangers for a long time to come."
Both stations will supplement the game coverage with live pregame and postgame on-site reports as well as Rangers-themed daily programming featuring interviews with players, coaches and front office personnel. Details of these initiatives will be released on ESPNDallas.com prior to the start of the season.
"We are excited that the Texas Rangers are moving to 103.3 ESPN and 1540 AM ESPN Deportes," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "The identification with ESPN and the promotion and programming the Rangers will be receiving on the two stations will be extremely beneficial to the club. I welcome ESPN as a Texas Rangers partner."
The Rangers are coming off the best season in franchise history. After winning 90 games and the AL West title for the first time since 1999, the Rangers won their first playoff series -- the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays -- behind a phenomenal showing from Cliff Lee, who was acquired in a major trade in early July.
The Rangers then beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS in six games, securing the club's first American League pennant at home in front of a record crowd of more than 50,000.
Off the field, the franchise was in bankruptcy for part of the season before an auction in August gave the club to the Greenberg-Ryan group.
The Rangers continue to work this offseason to add to a winning club with the hopes of returning to the World Series in the team's quest to win its first world championship.
"With the addition of the Texas Rangers, we have solidified our position as the go-to play-by-play station for the Dallas/Fort Worth sports fan," said Tom Lee, program director for 103.3 ESPN and 1540 AM ESPN Deportes. "The Rangers now join the Dallas Mavericks, the BCS National Championship Game, the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, NCAA's March Madness, FC Dallas and more as the fans' home for radio play-by-play coverage."
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.