It looks like the weather will allow the Indians to get in their home opener with the Minnesota Twins late this afternoon at Jacobs Field.
As noted, the event prompted something you don't hear a lot of anymore - lots of live and local radio, even blowing out popular syndicated programs. The usual radio battle between WTAM/1100 afternoon motormouth Mike Trivisonno and WKNR/850's Kenny Roda is happening a few hours early, with first pitch set for just after 3 PM today. Both men are doing live broadcasts...Triv from Gateway Plaza at Jacobs Field, and Roda at Pickwick and Frolic on 4th Street downtown.
WKYC/3 is doing a live, 90 minute pre-game show called "Cleveland Celebrates", before airing the game itself...the first over-air Indians telecast in this market since 2001, when the team left the broadcast airwaves for a cable-only deal. The pre-game is not in high-definition, but the game itself will be.
The pre-game special is also being fed live over the Internet at WKYC's website.
However, the webcast does not work for us on Firefox 1.5 for Windows. (It does on Internet Explorer 6.0.) If you're a Firefox user or anyone else having problems, here's the link to launch the WKYC webcast in a regular Windows Media Player window:
You're welcome, Channel 3...