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November 28, 2016

Phillies announce five-year extension with Franzke, games will remain on WIP for 2017 season

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Phillies radio broadcasters Scott Franzke, left, and Larry Andersen.

The Phillies are still months away from kicking off the 2017 season, but before they make (or don’t make) any moves in free agency, the team locked up a member of the organization who won’t be found on the field.

Popular radio play-by-play man Scott Franzke has been signed to a five-year contract extension, the team announced on Monday.

“My family and I are very excited and I just can’t imagine doing this job anywhere else at this stage of my career,” Franzke said in a press release. “I’m humbled and thankful to the Phillies for wanting this relationship to continue for another five years.”

The 2017 season will be Franzke’s 12th with the Phillies and 11th as Larry Andersen’s partner as the team’s main play-by-play commentator. Over that time, “Franzke and LA” have developed an easy chemistry that makes listening to Phillies games on the radio very enjoyable.

Of the duo’s many memorable calls, Jimmy Rollins’ game-winning triple in the 2009 NLCS ranks way up there. Perhaps with Franzke’s new deal, the 44-year-old will call the next great Phillies playoff moment:

Also earlier today, the Phillies and SportsRadio 94WIP announced an extension of the team’s live radio coverage (preseason, regular season, and if everything goes right, postseason) through at least the 2017 season.

The first broadcast of the season will be the team’s first spring training game on Friday, February 24, 2017 against the New York Yankees.

“We’re thrilled that SportsRadio 94WIP is continuing the partnership as the radio home of Phillies baseball,” Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS RADIO Philadelphia David Yadgaroff said in a statement. “The Phillies have become part of the fabric of WIP and we’re excited for the 2017 season to begin.”

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