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ESPN is the new (old) White Sox radio partner

The club moves down the radio dial from 720 to 1000

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Former player and current radio color analyst Darrin Jackson of the Chicago White Sox during batting practice before the start of MLB game action against the Blue Jays on April 25, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
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The news got swallowed up by Tony La Russa’s latest DUI arrest, a new pitching coach and José Abreu’s MVP win, but the White Sox have a new radio partner for the 2021 season.

ESPN 1000, which broadcast White Sox games from 1999 through the World Series-winning season of 2005, returns after 15 years away to take over on the radio side.

No announcement has yet been made on whether the WGN 720 broadcast duo of Andy Masur (play-by-play) and Darrin Jackson (color) will return as the White Sox radio team.

Here’s the full White Sox release:


CHICAGO – ESPN Chicago and the Chicago White Sox jointly announced today a multiyear agreement naming ESPN 1000 as the team’s flagship radio station. White Sox games will air on ESPN 1000 beginning with the broadcast of the team’s first game of the 2021 Cactus League season on Saturday, February 27 vs. Milwaukee.

The agreement includes all White Sox regular season and postseason games, as well as select spring training games.

“The White Sox are an extremely entertaining, talented baseball team with an incredibly bright future, and we’re thrilled to partner with them to bring the White Sox to ESPN 1000 fans,” said Mike Thomas, ESPN Chicago market manager. “We’re dedicated to bringing the best content in Chicago sports to ESPN 1000, and having the Sox back on our airwaves just ensures that we’re making good on that promise.”

“The White Sox have shared incredible moments with ESPN 1000, remembering the memorable voices of Ed Farmer and John Rooney on their airwaves making the final call in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series,” said Brooks Boyer, White Sox chief revenue and marketing officer. “As we prepare for an exciting era in White Sox baseball on the field, we are equally excited to partner with an all sports format radio flagship station whose brand resonates with Chicago sports fans.”

This agreement also includes White Sox Weekly, a two-hour show (in-season) and one-hour show (offseason), plus pregame and postgame shows. Fans can turn to ESPN 1000 all year to hear from the front office, coaches and players.

This is the second time ESPN 1000 has been the team’s flagship radio station. ESPN 1000 was the exclusive radio partner of the White Sox from 1999-2005, with iconic radio personalities Ed Farmer and John Rooney in the booth.