San Diego Padres game day broadcasts are moving to KEGY San Diego (97.3), which appears to be dropping its CHR-formatted “Energy 97.3” in favor of an all-talk or all-sports format. “Energy” was moved down the dial from its previous 103.7 position upon the closing of the Entercom-CBS Radio merger. Entercom then placed KSON’s country format on 103.7 as “San Diego’s New Country 103.7 KSON.” With the Monday, Feb. 19 announcement from the Padres about their new radio home, it looks as though “Energy” will soon be drained.
“Padres radio broadcasts will move to 97.3 FM this season after switching over to the FM dial for the first time in team history last year,” a release from the Padres read. Games were heard last season on Entercom modern rock “Alt 94.9” KBZT.
Adding to the mystery, last week, “Energy 97.3” morning show members Sean “Sonic” Leckie and Tonya Gonzalez were absent from the air, while local news reports and a tweet from the host himself have controversial market talk show host Dan Sileo joining Entercom for a yet-to-be-determined role. “My new Show on @Entercom... I get to talk about ANYTHING!!... so excited!!” Sileo tweeted last week. The personality left Interamericana de Radio sports “The Mighty 1090 AM” XEPRS in the market at the end of last year when his contracted ended.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have been assured that Sileo will not be part of any Entercom hires that relate to the team’s broadcasts. The paper reports that Sileo was fired by three Florida radio stations over the course of a year for on-air remarks and social media posts. He joined “The Mighty 1090,” the Padres former flagship station, in 2014. He was at one time part of the Padres pregame show heard on the station.
As for Padres broadcasts, Ted Leitner (play-by-play) and Jesse Agler (color commentary) will return to the booth this season with Tony Gwynn, Jr. serving as an additional analyst. Adding to all regular season games, the station will carry 12 Cactus League games over the course of spring training, with the first slotted for March 3. Expanded one-hour pregame and postgame shows will be hosted by Chris Ello.