CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox, Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV and WSCR-AM 670 (The Score) have announced the team’s television and radio broadcast schedules for the 2012 season.
Comcast SportsNet (CSN) will televise 101 regular-season White Sox games beginning with the season opener on Friday, April 6 against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers in Arlington at 1:05 p.m. CDT. CSN also will air Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, April 13 vs. the reigning AL Central Division champion Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m.
WGN is scheduled to broadcast 30 Sox games this season, beginning with the club’s second game of the year, and first night game, on Saturday, April 7 at Texas (7:05 p.m.). WCIU will begin its 25-game schedule on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:05 p.m. at Cleveland.
Five White Sox games are scheduled to be broadcast nationally as part of the FOX Saturday Baseball “Game of the Week” package, beginning April 21 at Seattle (3:05 p.m.). ESPN will air the White Sox at Rangers game on April 8 as part of its “Sunday Night Baseball” schedule with coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. Additional Sox games may be added to the ESPN and FOX slates later in the season.
All CSN, WGN, WCIU, ESPN and FOX telecasts will once again be available in high definition. Game times and television networks are subject to change.
WSCR-AM 670 (The Score), the White Sox flagship radio station, will broadcast all 162 games. The on-air duo of former Sox pitcher Ed Farmer (play-by-play) and former outfielder Darrin Jackson (color commentary) will return to the radio booth.
Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steve Stone, entering their fourth year together in the White Sox television booth, will call 156 regular-season games on CSN, CSN+, WGN and WCIU. The seven games scheduled on Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN+) will be available on CLTV in the Chicagoland area. Viewers in other areas should visit CSNChicago.com for specific channel locations. The first CSN+ telecast is scheduled for Monday, April 23 at Oakland (9:05 p.m.).
CSN will air the first game of the BP Crosstown Cup series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Friday, May 18 at 1:20 p.m. FOX will broadcast the middle game on Saturday, May 19 in primetime at 6:15 p.m and WGN will televise the finale on Sunday, May 19 at 1:20 p.m. When the series moves to U.S. Cellular Field, CSN will broadcast the first (Monday, June 18, 7:10 p.m.) and third (Wednesday, June 20, 7:10 p.m.) games while WGN will air the middle contest on Tuesday, June 19 (7:10 p.m.).
The White Sox will start all weeknight home games at 7:10 p.m. Saturday home games will include both 3:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. start times with one 6:15 p.m. first pitch (June 23). Sunday afternoon contests are scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch. FOX telecasts, which broadcast locally on WFLD-TV, will begin at either 3:05 (April 21 at Seattle, May 5 at Detroit and September 8 vs. Kansas City) or 6:15 p.m. (May 19 at Cubs and June 23 vs. Milwaukee).