WPOP was a news-talk station until it switched to sports in 1997. During its time as a talker, WPOP aired local hosts Jeff Katz, Tom Scott and Judy Jarvis, and ran syndicated Rush Limbaugh and Tom Leykis.
It’s my guess that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and “Coast To Coast AM” will all be leaving WTIC-1080 as soon as iHeart can make it happen.
I would think that CBS’s own “Overnight America” will replace the latter at ‘TIC; I could see the station’s daytime local talk schedule be adjusted (read: lengthen current shows) to replace Rush; and maybe there’s some late-evening syndicated show out there to replace the delayed-broadcast of Hannity.
Might iHeart have registered a domain for a talk format on WPOP-1410 they never intended to launch in order to get us messageboard types speculating on what might happen??
**head on desk**
Oh good grief.
iHeart likely got the domain name registered for a multitude of reasons. Fooling online speculators on radio-focused chat boards is not one of those reasons.
Usually there are serious inclinations towards domain name registrations. There might be for WPOP, but it may be for a flip that won’t take place for awhile. It may not even happen. Or it may happen in a week. Who really knows right now?
I’m not exactly sure that iHeart did this in lieu of rumors surrounding an Entercom/CBS Hartford swap that, obviously, is no longer in the cards. It would seem to make sense, but Lance drew that conclusion out of educated guesses on his part.
Now, my guess: CBS’s contract with Rush for WTIC really is the deciding factor. It has to be. After WIBC and WRKO evicted his show, that sent iHeart scurrying for replacement affiliates. So they registered that domain for WPOP as an insurance policy in case the Traveler’s Insurance station (sorry!) does decide to drop Rush.
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