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

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    raccoonradio
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    BRW: Thanks for update on the HD; wonder if WBZ 1030 will wind up on the subchannel of an iHeart FM, just as they have WKOX on the HD2 of the Bull..

    #178486

    raccoonradio
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    Oops seems like Radio Mojo, Lounge and BZ Newsradio are still on my HD portable in same places.RKO is still on 93.7 HD2

    #178487

    Eric Jon Magnuson
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    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.

    The difference, though, is that (until recently) KGO had a major News portion to its Talk format (branded as “Newstalk”), dating back to maybe the early ’60s–several years before KCBS went All News.  WRKO’s Talk format, though, was launched several years after the original WEEI (then owned by CBS) went All News.

    There are plenty of Talk stations that have a News-intensive morning drive–and there are some that also have News-intensive afternoon drive (KXL and WTMJ definitely come to mind).  However, those stations tend to have a long-time News presence.  Here, with WBZ and WRKO under the same ownership, I can’t see the latter having much in the way of News programming.

     

    #178488

    Eric Jon Magnuson
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    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?

    Under the FCC’s ownership caps, Entercom could’ve kept all three AMs.  It’s possible that the DOJ’s market-concentration efforts forced a spinoff here–but, if that were the case, it very likely would’ve only covered WBZ (which should bill a whole lot more than WRKO).  Off-hand, I think that it was actually iHeart that insisted on WRKO being included in any package of stations.

     

    #178489

    BRW
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    Oops seems like Radio Mojo, Lounge and BZ Newsradio are still on my HD portable in same places.RKO is still on 93.7 HD2

    Sorry, was referring to on-line streams only. They’re locked down.

    #178490

    raccoonradio
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    Yes, now I know what T Kelso meant by “sites are locked down”. I thought he meant the main websites for the involved stations. Instead it was the streams of the HD stations.

    #178492

    Nathan Obral
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    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??

    iHeart will time-broker out 1200 to whomever wants it… there’s no point in factoring that white elephant into the equation.

    680 will assume a mostly-syndicated lineup (I consider Howie and Barry to be syndicated and not local) and the difference will wind up being negligible.

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    #178493

    Nathan Obral
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    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?

    These divestures were made to alleviate revenue concentration and maintain competitive balance in the market.

    See, CBS and Entercom owned all of the competitive spoken-word stations in the market when the merger was announced. The idea of operating both WEEI-FM and WBZ-FM under the same corporate umbrella was unrealistic from day one.

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    #178506

    mgpt6
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    Entercom has taken over the radio.com web site from CBS. Has the stations now part of Entercom.

    HD radio that I can receive at my home still has  Mojo Radio  and Lounge radio on WZLX HD 2 and 3.

    98.5 Sports Hub still has WBCN , Rock of Boston  and WBZ Newsradio 1030 on its HD 2 and 3

    Has anyone noticed any changes yet on the HD channels of WEEI-FM 93.7 yet?

     

    #178507

    raccoonradio
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    No changes yet on the (air not stream) HD signals of 93.7

    #178529

    WCOZBoston
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    Does the former WTKK studio at Beasley on Morrissey Boulevard exist and if so, could that studio be used as the main studio for the Sports Hub?

    #178533

    nowradioguy
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    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?

    These divestures were made to alleviate revenue concentration and maintain competitive balance in the market. See, CBS and Entercom owned all of the competitive spoken-word stations in the market when the merger was announced. The idea of operating both WEEI-FM and WBZ-FM under the same corporate umbrella was unrealistic from day one.

    Entercom has WEEI-AM/FM, WODS, W(104.1), WMJX, WAAF. I get why both WRKO and WBZ-AM could not be kept, but would keeping ‘RKO (which may not bill much, don’t know) really have put Entercom over the market station and/or revenue limit?
    Of course, the possibility does exist that perhaps Entercom, which never really put a lot of money/effort into WRKO, just wanted to unload it. I’ve always gotten the impression that “Entercom Boston” meant “WEEI”.
    #178534

    nowradioguy
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    Does the former WTKK studio at Beasley on Morrissey Boulevard exist and if so, could that studio be used as the main studio for the Sports Hub?

    I could be wrong, but I thought there were some postings on FB or some such that showed the WTKK studios were completely made over after Jan 2013, ostensibly to accommodate its successor.
    #178535

    Nathan Obral
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    Entercom has WEEI-AM/FM, WODS, W(104.1), WMJX, WAAF. I get why both WRKO and WBZ-AM could not be kept, but would keeping ‘RKO (which may not bill much, don’t know) really have put Entercom over the market station and/or revenue limit?

    Of course, the possibility does exist that perhaps Entercom, which never really put a lot of money/effort into WRKO, just wanted to unload it. I’ve always gotten the impression that “Entercom Boston” meant “WEEI”.

    That would be pretty much it. WRKO has been run as a red-headed stepchild to WEEI for nearly 20 years under Entercom. This transaction benefits both buyer and seller.

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