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Mariners announce radio contract extension

SEATTLE -- The Mariners' radio contract with 710 ESPN Seattle has been extended through 2016, the club announced Monday, as the team agreed to exercise a two-year option with Bonneville International on its current contract.

"Our relationship with Bonneville and 710 ESPN is an excellent one," Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said. "We look forward to three more seasons on 710 ESPN's powerful signal and the Mariners Radio Network across the Northwest."

The Mariners have been broadcasting on 710 ESPN Seattle since 2009 after coming to agreement following a six-year absence from what previously was KIRO-AM. KIRO was also the team's flagship station from 1985-2002.

"We are delighted to be part of the rich tradition and the exciting future of Mariners baseball," said Carl Gardner, Bonneville's vice president and general manager. "It's our privilege to allow fans to follow their team at home, in the car and on the go across the Northwest."

The Mariners will continue to have a year-round presence on 710 ESPN, including all regular-season and most Spring Training games, pregame and postgame programming, a weekly magazine feature during the baseball season, and the Hot Stove League during the offseason.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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