Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Boston will add the eight affiliate to its regional network on Friday, January 4.
Great Eastern Radio’s 101.5 WZEI Meredith/Laconia (formerly WWHQ) will fill in the network’s coverage in the Lakes Region of Central New Hampshire. The station was acquired in the Nassau Broadcasting bankruptcy and has been simulcasting sister News/Talk 107.7 WTPL since returning to the air a few weeks ago. The station has a CP to adjust from 6kw at 100 meters to 560 watts at 324.7 meters.
The Press Release regarding WZEI’s addition follows:
Sports Radio WEEI 93.7 FM announced today that effective Friday, January 4, 2013, WZEI 101.5 FM will become the eighth WEEI affiliate across New England. Licensed to Meredith, New Hampshire, WZEI-FM is a Class A FM station with 6,000 watts of power, and covers the counties of Concord, Laconia, Meredith, North Conway and Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Jeff Brown, Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom Boston stated, “Adding an eighth WEEI affiliate truly validates our flagship station’s strength in programming and leading sports coverage. Entercom is proud to extend the WEEI footprint to listeners in the northern New Hampshire market as we kick off 2013.”
WZEI-FM will broadcast the entire WEEI weekday lineup, including The Dennis & Callahan Show 6am-10am, The Mut & Merloni Show 10am-2pm, The Big Show 2pm-6pm and The Planet Mikey Show 6pm-10pm. The station will also broadcast Boston Celtics basketball, in addition to WEEI’s weekend sports talk shows.
WZEI-FM joins the following WEEI affiliates across New England: WVEI 103.7 FM Providence; WVEI 1440 AM Worcester; WWEI 105.5 FM Springfield; WPEI 95.9 FM Portland, ME; WPPI 95.5 FM Portland, ME; WEII 96.3 FM Cape Cod; and WEEY 93.5 FM Keene, NH.
“We are very excited to bring coverage of everything New England sports to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with 101.5 WZEI,” said Jeff Shapiro, CEO Great Eastern Radio. “Great Eastern Radio and WEEI have a great partnership that has been key to great sports programming in northern New England for the past few years, and we look forward to extending that for years to come!”
“I’m thrilled that we are able to bring the WEEI brand to the New England sports fans of central and northern New Hampshire,” said Jason Wolfe, Vice President of Programming and Operations for Entercom Boston. “WZEI-FM will reach upwards of 300,000 listeners throughout the Lakes Region and we will continue to work very hard every day, to provide them with a most entertaining and compelling product.”