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    Quote Originally Posted by DJL44 View Post
    The station transmits out of New Hope.
    Well, that explains why I never have any issue receiving the transmission. I work in Plymouth, live in north Minneapolis.

    I was a little confused about the issues receiving KTWN, as it's always crystal clear for me.

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    Well I'm in St Paul and receptions fine for me for the most part.

    ESPN 1500, broadcasting a couple miles up University, not so much. Glad they aren't the carrier anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
    ESPN 1500, broadcasting a couple miles up University, not so much. Glad they aren't the carrier anymore.
    KSTP 1500 broadcasts out of Maplewood. Being close to a tall building is bad. Diffraction is your friend.

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    One reason to live in the wilds, I guess. I have tuned in 570AM (Yankton), 1140AM (Sioux Falls), 620AM (Sioux City) and on occasion, 1240AM (Spencer).

    Of course, that means being 240 or so miles from the TC (not to mention mlles from restaurants and even fast food cuz I really am in the boonies), but hey, we've got our choice of what station to listen to for Twins broadcasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJL44 View Post
    Good information. Another 23 meters would certainly help with building shadowing. There aren't too many 100 meter buildings in Minneapolis.

    From wiki: "Minneapolis, the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota, is home to 245 completed high-rises,[1] 34 of which stand taller than 300 feet (91 m)."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...in_Minneapolis

    The station transmits out of New Hope. If there is a tall building between you and the transmitter that explains the problem.
    I thought KTwins tower was out in Glencoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
    My biggest issue since they left WCCO is the general baseball talk, both pre and post game, not to mention other things during the day. WCCO seemed to go above and beyond the needs of baseball to make Twins coverage part of their daily product.
    Absolutely. There was a programming synergy during the WCCO days that suffered at KSTP and is non-existent at KTWN. That old radio model is a bit of an anachronism today but I bet the Pohlads could make it work if they wanted to, especially here. Meanwhile the MLB At Bat audio is a very reasonable deal and you get all local broadcasts and advertising of all MLB games, no radio "blackouts," plus all postseason games I believe.

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    Couldn't be easier to get them in Sioux Falls. They have a station here and WNAX is a blow torch. Driving through the heart of MN? It was hit and miss once WNAX went out. Whatever extra $$ they got from leaving WCCO, the paltry sum couldn't have been worth the collateral damage of not being able to reach your fans. FWIW, I have MLB at bat and listen on it at home. But I refuse to burn data on it while driving through the middle of MN.
    Last edited by howeda7; 05-28-2014 at 08:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjgt View Post
    My 6yo daughter, tonight, who went with me to the game yesterday, asked me if she could listen to the game while she went to sleep. I couldn't have been happier.... Until I had to disappoint her by telling her that I couldn't get the game on her radio.

    I live 4 miles south of Target Field. 4 miles. And I can't get the game on a relatively new desktop radio with a decent sized antenna and digital tuning. I can get just about any other FM station in the area. Not KTWN.

    This is a problem, Minnesota Twins.

    I get it. Not many people listen to the game on the radio any more. There probably isn't exactly a bidding war to broadcast Twins baseball games in the metro. But then you need to change with the times. She's got an iPod touch that she be perfectly happy listening to the game on.
    I recommend tweeting at Dave St. Peter.

    Hopefully he won't be "amazed at the focus" of wanting to listen to a damn baseball game on the radio.

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    Brooklyn Center, here and I always listen to the Twins on the radio. No problems on any of the radios for 93.6.

    Also, I have mlb.com and the audio broadcasts are worth it, but I fork over the video cost, as it is fun to watch games elsewhere. I refuse to pay for cable

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    MLB.TV is great and all for an out of market fan like me, but citizens of Minneapolis/Minnesota should not have to pay to listen to a clear radio broadcast. They paid for the stadium.

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    What the Twins gained from moving from CCO to KSTP: the Hubbards paid them a million dollars AND all in house ad revenue (thus the Treasure Island Radio Network was born. The Twins kept all that sponsorship money. None of it to the Hubbards.) . And the Twins picked up a lot of affiliates to make up for the small signal of 1500. the KSTP stop was just a layover until the Pohalds figured out to streamline everything and out it on their own channel.

    Victory Sports One Radio.

    WCCO was never going to agree to to those kind of terms. (at that time, CBS owned stations were cutting back on sports coverage. KMOX/Cardinals was another CBS move).

    Im just glad I live in a part of Minnesota where I can pick up New Ulm or Mankato or a couple other distant AM stations.

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