The Nationals are close to an agreement with WJFK-FM to make the sports talk station their flagship radio affiliate, according to sources familiar with the deal. The team would keep WFED-AM, which has been the team's radio rightsholder, as a relay station.
Though the deal is not finalized yet, sources said there is a verbal agreement in place.
WJFK's signal is strongest in northern Virginia, an area where WFED's coverage had traditionally been spotty. The Nationals will keep WFED as an affiliate to maintain a presence on AM radio and have a stronger reach in the eastern half of the Washington metro area. Bonneville International sold WFED to St. Paul, Minn.-based Hubbard Broadcasting this winter, and the Nationals had been searching for a FM radio partner since the end of last season. In many ways, WJFK - or 106.7 The Fan - made the most sense for the team, since it's the only all-sports station on FM radio in Washington.
Sources said Charlie Slowes and Dave Jaegeler, who have been calling Nationals games on the radio for seven and six years, respectively, will return as the team's broadcasters for the 2011 season.