The SF Giants have agreed to a four-year contract extension with KNBR, their flagship radio broadcasting partner, that goes through 2025. While a deal was obviously expected, the news solidifies the Giants’ radio broadcasting home for the first half of the next decade.
KNBR first began broadcasting Giants games in 1979. By the end of their current contract, the station will have been the radio home of the Orange-and-Black for more than 45 years. Of course, that means fans in the Bay Area will get to continue listening to the Giants’ All-Star cast of announcers: Jon Miller, Dave Flemming, Mike Krukow, and Duane Kuiper on 680 AM.
Perhaps the more interesting development over the next few years will be the future of the Giants’ broadcast booth. While Flemming is easily the youngest of the group, he has taken on larger-and-larger roles at ESPN and the Pac-12 Network. It’s not inconceivable that another opportunity could come along that leads him to say goodbye to the Giants broadcast booth. Of course, the other three team members, Miller, Krukow, and Kuiper, are all in their late-60s and early-70s. It would not be a surprise for any of them to retire from the broadcast booth to enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle in their golden years.
With that in mind, Joe Ritzo, the play-by-play broadcaster for the San Jose Giants, has begun taking a more prominent role in the Major League Giants’ broadcast booth. Ritzo has subbed in on a couple of occasions over the past few years during the regular season, and he’s become the voice of the Giants’ spring training games. He very well could be next in line whenever an opportunity becomes available.
All of that is neither here nor there. At the moment, the main thing is that SF Giants games will continue being broadcast on KNBR 680 AM through at least 2025, and probably, for many years after.