The San Diego Padres’ flagship radio station, 97.3 FM The Machine, an Entercom company, is under fire after another issue involving one of their on-air personalities.
After the Dan Sileo situation a few months ago, the San Diego Padres were surely wary of their relationship with 97.3 FM The Machine, an Entercom company. Now that the Kevin Klein debacle (article from SDUT) has hit the fan, the team is reportedly looking for a way out of their deal.
Padres’ executive chairman, Ron Fowler, had some pretty pointed comments regarding the team’s stance on the matter, as per an article from Kirk Kenney of The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Since leaving The Mighty 1090 after the 2016 season, the team has had a rocky relationship with Entercom. Now that yet another line has been crossed, Fowler says the team will explore their options.
Padres executive has pointed comments
To SDUT, he said, “We’re going to get through this first homestand, and then sit down and evaluate it. We’re going to assess our legal obligations. We just want a good radio partner that’s not offensive to the community.
“If the current conduct continues, we’d look at other options. It would be difficult and I can’t honestly answer when that would happen.”
Those statements could be taken either of two ways. First, the Padres could indeed be looking to move on, no matter what the cost. That’s a fair move, considering the black cloud that’s hovered over this relationship since practically the very start of it.
It could also be seen as an extremely strong warning being issued to Entercom to shape up or ship out. How this unfolds will surely take a back-seat to the San Diego Padres season that’s about to commence.
The team must decide what’s best for them, on many different levels. Whichever way they do decide to go, it should be interesting to watch how it plays out.