Cards extend contracts of radio broadcast team

Cards extend contracts of radio broadcast team

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' current radio broadcast team will remain intact for a few years longer, the club announced Friday.

Mike Shannon, John Rooney and Mike Claiborne all agreed to contract extensions with the club, and all three will appear on KMOX as that station goes back to carrying Cardinals games for the 2011 season. Shannon and Rooney will remain in the booth calling games, while Claiborne will handle pre- and postgame duties.

Shannon agreed to a three-year extension. He's entering his 40th season calling Cardinals games and his 54th in the organization. Rooney signed on for five more years, equaling the number of years he's called the team's games entering the 2011 season. Rooney has called Major League games dating back to 1983, and worked in the White Sox broadcast booth before joining the Cardinals for the 2006 season. That was also the year the Cards moved from their traditional home at KMOX to KTRS AM.

Claiborne signed a one-year deal. A long-time fixture in St. Louis radio, this will be his fourth season working for the Cardinals.

"The talented broadcast team of Shannon and Rooney add even more to the legacy relationship between the Cardinals and KMOX," John Sheehan, a senior vice president at CBS Radio St. Louis said in a statement issued by the team. "We are excited that fans will be able to hear expanded coverage throughout the season on America's Sports Voice."

Matthew Leach is a reporter for Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.