The Chronicle’s Tom FitzGerald explored the 27-year relationship between the Giants and KNBR. Larry Krueger, who complained on the air about the team’s “brain-dead Caribbean hitters,” claimed in a lawsuit that he had been fired because of pressure from the Giants, a claim both the team and the radio station deny. In fact, the team and KNBR say that their relationship has grown more tense over the years, with the Giants hinting that when their contract with the station ends, they might buy a radio station of their own. Former KNBR program director Bob Agnew (pictured), who was fired along with Krueger and producer Tony Rhein, says the relationship between the team and the station changed dramatically when the Giants moved into the new park. Suddenly, he said, the station and the team were battling each other for corporate sponsors — and that brought out the worst in both. (Agnew photo by Christina Koci Hernandez of the Chron.)

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