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  • #173468
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    According to the FCC, Entercom can own up to 5 FMs and 3 AMs in Boston so that means Entercom will not have to divest any AM stations. I think Entercom should move some sports teams to one of their AM frequencies without sacrificing one of the music formats on their FM stations.

    Entercom doesn’t have to divest AM’s but if the right deal comes along don’t be surprised if one or two of these AMs are included.

    Someone like Cox which owns a Boston TV station in the market may want to add a local radio cluster which may include a news/talk format to complement its TV news operation. Entercom could be a perfect dance partner.

    We won’t know which stations stay or go for a while. First, Entercom shareholders have to approve the deal on May 10th. Then it will be a few weeks of back and forth with federal regulators who will be looking at market revenues, demographic/format dominance, etc.

    #173471
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    How does WEEI Network Stations get Effected If Entercom Starts Moving Teams from One Station to Another ?

    #173472

    Right! I didn’t think of Cox as a possible buyer. I guess they could take some stations in Boston, considering that they have a TV station in Boston.

    #173473
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    How do WODS’ ratings compare with those of WZLX and WBMX?

    #173480

    WODS is doing fine, WBMX does slightly better, and WZLX is one the Top 10 stations. I still hope that Entercom won’t kill off AMP or Mix once the merger closes.

    #173511
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    BRW suggested:

    Someone like Cox which owns a Boston TV station (WFXT-25) in the market may want to add a local radio cluster which may include a news/talk format to complement its TV news operation./quote]

    Cox could actually run a news/talk station “on the cheap” by simulcasting the audio of newscasts from WFXT-25 during morning and afternoon drive times and from 10-11:30 P.M., and air syndicated talk shows the rest of the time.

    #173512
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    They’re already getting the morning news simulcast on WCRN and as many have said in the past on these boards, TV simulcasts are awful on the radio. Still can’t believe they blew out Hank Stolz for the simulcast.

    And instead of always beating the syndicated / TV simulcasts drum, what makes you think Cox wouldn’t run a Newstalk station like WSB in Atlanta?

    #173515

    The reason why I wanted the WBZ stations to be spun off in the first place was due to possible Department of Justice antitrust concerns in Boston where Entercom may receive too much revenue for having all 5 major professional sports teams under the same owner. I think it’s logical enough that Entercom will spin off the WBZ stations to Cox.

    #173518
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    The reason why I wanted the WBZ stations to be spun off in the first place was due to possible Department of Justice antitrust concerns in Boston where Entercom may receive too much revenue for having all 5 major professional sports teams under the same owner. I think it’s logical enough that Entercom will spin off the WBZ stations to Cox.

    Has anyone been listening to WBZ Newsradio 1030 lately? They’ve been running ads for Westinghouse, “Innovation You Can Depend On”. Now I know today’s Westinghouse is not that of the old Westinghouse “of blessed memory”, but…nah, probably not, but, I mean, wouldn’t that be a real hoot if Westinghouse decided to get (back) into the broadcast business and take some of the CBS Radio stations – I’m thinking of WBZ, KDKA, WJZ, KYW, WINS –  off of Entercom’s hands?
    #173521
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    wouldn’t that be a real hoot if Westinghouse decided to get (back) into the broadcast business and take some of the CBS Radio stations – I’m thinking of WBZ, KDKA, WJZ, KYW, WINS – off of Entercom’s hands?

    Because radio is such a growth industry, right? 😉

    #173525
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    How does WEEI Network Stations get Effected If Entercom Starts Moving Teams from One Station to Another ?

    They won’t be. The contract is for WEEI shows, not the games. Each station is operated separately and enters in to their own contracts.
    #173579
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    Our own Lance Venta reported that the FCC is considering eliminating the AM/FM ownership “subcap”, meaning a limit on the number of stations a single entity can own in a single market. You can read the article at https://radioinsight.com/headlines/117215/subcap-elimination-not/ .

    If this proposal comes to light (either with the limits of ownership in a single city raised of completely eliminated), Entercom might not have to divest many (if any) of the stations it will acquire when it acquires CBS Radio’s station holdings.

    Thus, the combined CBS/Entercom may get to keep everything owned by both companies in most (or all) markets affected by this merger, including Boston.

    But even if that happens, I still expect the programming and sports rights of WEEI-93.7 and WBZ-98.5 to be combined into one station (likely with the call letters of the former on the frequency of the latter).

    #173581

    Entercom will still have to divest stations, but only half of the stations that Entercom would have to divest under the current rules. Chances are that Entercom will divest the WBZ stations in Boston due to possible Department of Justice concerns. Bonneville will likely reacquire the San Francisco stations it sold to Entercom in 2007, and I was thinking that iHeartMedia could acquire KSFM 102.5 and go head to head with Entercom by re branding 102.5 as Kiss FM.

    #173585
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    Entercom will still have to divest stations, but only half of the stations that Entercom would have to divest under the current rules. Chances are that Entercom will divest the WBZ stations in Boston due to possible Department of Justice concerns. Bonneville will likely reacquire the San Francisco stations it sold to Entercom in 2007, and I was thinking that iHeartMedia could acquire KSFM 102.5 and go head to head with Entercom by re branding 102.5 as Kiss FM.

    What are these DOJ “concerns” that you have re Entercom’s holding of WBZ-AM/FM? Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather WBZ not come under Entercom’s umbrella (“Entercom happens.” – Howie Carr), though I’m not sure under whose they should land. None of the options suggested (Bonneville, Cox) seems appealing, at least to me. Even though both Cumulus and iHeart are financially struggling, given the choice of either, I’d go with Cumulus.
    Remember, folks, I’m not an insider, I’m just airing my private thoughts. I’d like to see WBZ stay around another 100 years, and, therefore, I’d like to see them get some caring but savvy owners.
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    #173592

    Entercom will still have to divest stations, but only half of the stations that Entercom would have to divest under the current rules. Chances are that Entercom will divest the WBZ stations in Boston due to possible Department of Justice concerns. Bonneville will likely reacquire the San Francisco stations it sold to Entercom in 2007, and I was thinking that iHeartMedia could acquire KSFM 102.5 and go head to head with Entercom by re branding 102.5 as Kiss FM.

    What are these DOJ “concerns” that you have re Entercom’s holding of WBZ-AM/FM? Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather WBZ not come under Entercom’s umbrella (“Entercom happens.” – Howie Carr), though I’m not sure under whose they should land. None of the options suggested (Bonneville, Cox) seems appealing, at least to me. Even though both Cumulus and iHeart are financially struggling, given the choice of either, I’d go with Cumulus.
    Remember, folks, I’m not an insider, I’m just airing my private thoughts. I’d like to see WBZ stay around another 100 years, and, therefore, I’d like to see them get some caring but savvy owners.
    The thoughts expressed above are worth $0.02 maximum.
    The possible Department of Justice concern would be that Entercom would receive too much revenue by having the rights of all five sports teams on a single station. That was the reason why Entercom was required to let go of KKFN 104.3 FM, KYGO 98.5 FM, KOSI 101.1 FM, and KEPN 1600 AM in Denver during its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media in 2015.
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