Who Might Get Boston-Area Stations Divested In The CBS Radio/Entercom Merger?

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  • #178381

    Bill Recto
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    http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/headline_id=b15265

    An update on the Entercom Shareholders meeting.

    Shareholders of Entercom Communications approved a merger with CBS Radio on Wednesday that creates the nation’s second largest radio operator with over 200 stations. The deal is expected to close on Friday, when the combined companies, to be called Entercom, will launch and cover close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom has the right to use CBS Radio branding for a year after the deal closes.

    According to Philly.com, only four people attended the meeting that was chaired by Joseph Field, 85, the company founder whose son, David, now heads Entercom as President/CEO. Entercom has said it will cut about $100 million in costs as part of the merger, while reinvesting tens of millions of dollars into brand and data analytics.

    #178384

    raccoonradio
    Participant

    IHeart station URLs are active and are cookie cutter but mostly just getting them out there

    http://wrko.iheart.com

    https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com
    https://977rnb.iheart.com
    https://wzlx.iheart.com

    #178388

    nowradioguy
    Participant

    Via @bostonradio: Sports Hub will stay at 83 Leo Birmingham for awhile. WBZ AM may move to old Kiss 108 digs on Revere Beach Pkwy Medford but not for several months. WBMX and WODS may go to Guest St (Entercom) by end of this month IHR filed for approval of RKO swap etc last Tue, expected by Jan. If they move Rush to RKO it would be around same time. WKOX must be sold.

    Since iHeart will likely move its Premiere and other syndicated programming BACK to 1200 once Bloomberg vacates, why would not Rush go there as well so WRKO could stay with LOCAL talk between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM? It’s not unheard of. (Of course, the dislike on these boards for The Kuhner Man currently occupying the noon-to-3 daypart on 680 must be what’s driving this scene, no?)
    #178389

    raccoonradio
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    Word is that iHeart can’t take control of WRKO till WKOX is sold. Wrko dot com still works..new URL a placeholder.

    Possible iHR could make 680 local and 1200 national (Bloomberg lease expires in Feb).Might they put Fox Sports on 1200, or a blend of Premiere shows and Fox sports?

    #178452

    MTN Productions
    Participant

    If not, why not flip to alternate rock as “Alt 103.3”. There were many markets that carries the “Alt” brand. I hope it will be a good idea to flip CHR to alternate rock if Entercom takes over later this month. I hope it’s going to happen or not.

    The “Alt” moniker is already being used at 92.9.

    Yes it does. Down in New York City, WBMP at 92.3 already flipped from CHR as “Amp 92.3” to alternative rock as of 10 AM yesterday as “Alt 92.3”, but I don’t see Boston is getting rid of the “Amp” moniker on 103.3 anytime soon. Now that Entercom took over the CBS stations, I hope 103.3 should bring back classic hits like they did since 2012. According to the ratings in Boston, WXKS’ “Kiss 108” is still a winner in the CHR wars beating “Amp 103.3” to the punch, but I hope WODS needs to have a new format on 103.3 at some point since Entercom now owns WODS. Or if not, maybe 103.3 will stunt as all-Christmas until the new format comes on after the holidays.

    #178454

    raccoonradio
    Participant

    With WBMX calls going to Chicago, speculation that Ent could move WEEI FM to 104.1 with a stick on the Pru in Boston and more centralized signal.Mix could move to 93.7 with new calls..same format? Alternative? Beasley already has 92.9.Maybe a return of Mike variety hits? Dare they try a station that would compete w iHeart’s classic rock ZLX and Beasley’s classic hits WROR somehow?

    #178456

    blowtorcham
    Participant

    The 680/1200 local vs. natonal debate is interesting.

    Normally, you’d think local would get priority. And, yes, the obviously superior 680 signal would be the choice.

    But 680 has been local on the cheap. And ratings that are so so. And it’s not like IHeart is coming in with plans to dump money on radio ops ESPECIALLY AM.

    “National” in this case likely means larger audience. Whether Rush, Hannity, whatever. Take that syndi with say a Howie Carr in drivetime and that’s your AM talk flagship.

    My guess is…THATS your 680 game plan. Everything else moves over to 1200: .  Kuhner, barter, B team syndi??

     

     

    #178464

    mgpt6
    Participant

    Did   DOJ force   Entercomm to divest WBZ-AM  Newsradio 1030 to IHeart?  Or did they have to sweeten the pie to get the 2 Iheart  mid-market clusters they got?

    Also, I would not put it past Iheart to put Rush, Hannity, etal. on 1030AM as its signal is so much better than WRKO. Perhaps to put a paired down Newsradio on680AM

    #178465

    mgpt6
    Participant

    Has anybody noticed any changes yet on the HD2 and HD3 subchannels on the FMs that have changed ownership on Friday?

    #178474

    Nathan Obral
    Participant

    Did DOJ force Entercomm to divest WBZ-AM Newsradio 1030 to IHeart? Or did they have to sweeten the pie to get the 2 Iheart mid-market clusters they got?

    The DOJ only was responsible for ordering a divesture. They never forced iHeart as the buyer. Legally, the DOJ couldn’t and can’t do that.

    iHeart was the only realistic buyer in a situation where the day-to-day operations of WBZ made it cost-prohibitive to any other suitors.

    Also, I would not put it past Iheart to put Rush, Hannity, etal. on 1030AM as its signal is so much better than WRKO. Perhaps to put a paired down Newsradio on680AM

    WRKO is so entrenched with the talk radio identity that all-news blocks simply will not work there in any form. Moreover, Rush and Hannity will be a colossal ratings and revenue disaster if they are ever forced on 1030.

    If iHeart doesn’t want to place Rush on 680, then why operate 680 in the first place?

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

    #178477

    BRW
    Participant

    Has anybody noticed any changes yet on the HD2 and HD3 subchannels on the FMs that have changed ownership on Friday?

    Not yesterday but today The Lounge and Mojo Radio subchannels are gone from WZLX 100.7. WBZ 1030’s HD3 stream is gone from 98.5, but the Rock of Boston on HD2 remains.

    #178478

    BRW
    Participant

    Did DOJ force Entercomm to divest WBZ-AM Newsradio 1030 to IHeart? Or did they have to sweeten the pie to get the 2 Iheart mid-market clusters they got?
    Also, I would not put it past Iheart to put Rush, Hannity, etal. on 1030AM as its signal is so much better than WRKO. Perhaps to put a paired down Newsradio on680AM

    DOJ only enforces compliance and ensures competitive balance in the market.

    We don’t know what the other offers had in them but thinking Iheart’s bid worked best for everyone involved.

    #178479

    OldNewsGuy
    Participant

    WRKO is so entrenched with the talk radio identity that all-news blocks simply will not work there in any form.

    Didn’t KGO do a morning news block for a long time?

    I think you can have credible newsblock in the morning….and then be a credible talk station the rest of the day. In my mind, it’s not something that can’t be done.

    #178480

    nowradioguy
    Participant

    WRKO is so entrenched with the talk radio identity that all-news blocks simply will not work there in any form. Moreover, Rush and Hannity will be a colossal ratings and revenue disaster if they are ever forced on 1030. If iHeart doesn’t want to place Rush on 680, then why operate 680 in the first place?

    Nathan,
    Kindly refresh my memory as to why Entercom did not keep WRKO? My understanding of all that’s been written here and on the other board is that Entercom had to divest itself of some FM, not AM stations. Did I get this wrong?
    #178483

    Bill Recto
    Participant

    WRKO is so entrenched with the talk radio identity that all-news blocks simply will not work there in any form.

    Didn’t KGO do a morning news block for a long time?
    I think you can have credible newsblock in the morning….and then be a credible talk station the rest of the day. In my mind, it’s not something that can’t be done.

    Yes they did prior to 2011. However Ihearts Sacramento News/Talk station KFBK does Drive time news today though.

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