TBS

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The cable superstation TBS (Turner Broadcasting System) was the longtime television flagship of the Atlanta Braves. Originally a local Atlanta television station known as WRJR (Channel 17) and then WTCG, it was purchased by Ted Turner in 1970 and eventually changed its call letters to WTBS in 1976 when it obtained the right to broadcast throughout the United States via cable, becoming the nation's first superstation. In 1974, the then fledgling station obtained the rights to broadcast Braves games, and on January 6, 1976, Turner purchased the Braves, largely with borrowed money, a few months prior to taking the station nationwide. Braves broadcasts were staples of the station's programming, creating a national fan base for the team, and irking rival owners who saw it as encroaching on their local territorial rights.

Over the years, Braves broadcasters have included Ernie Johnson, Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren, Don Sutton and Joe Simpson.

TBS began broadcasting the MLB playoffs in 2007. The station used Ernie Johnson, Frank Thomas, and Cal Ripken in the studio during the divisional series, and added Ron Darling for the National League Championship Series.

The prime broadcasting crew is composed of Chip Caray, Bob Brenly, Tony Gwynn, and Craig Sager. Dick Stockton, Ron Darling, Marc Fein, Ted Robinson, Steve Stone, Jose Mota, Don Orsillo, Joe Simpson, and David Aldridge were used in the divisional series round.