When ESPN dropped 890 WAMG/1400 WLLH Boston from its affiliate roster it set-off a chain of events that brought the ESPN affiliation to Entercom’s 850 WEEI amid rumors that 850 would eventually become a full-time ESPN outlet while WEEI’s local programming shifted to FM. BostonSportsMedia.com’s Bruce Allen Tweeted that one of WEEI’s hosts has been dropping many hints about that move today.
Meanwhile, a few neighboring markets could also be involved. Citadel Communications recently registered ESPNRadio1001.com and ESPNRadio997.com. Classic Hits “100.1 The Pike” WWFX Worcester, MA is one of two Citadel owned stations on 100.1, the other WVIB Muskegon, MI which has an all-Sports sister already. 99.7 WEAN-FM Wakefield-Peacedale, RI is a 24/7 simulcast of sister News/Talk 630 WPRO and the only 99.7 in Citadel’s portfolio.
How this would affect current ESPN affiliates “ESPN Providence” 1450 WLKW West Warwick, RI and 1340 WNBH New Bedford, MA? What Entercom FM is flipping to Sports? 93.7 WMKK? 107.3 WAAF? 97.7 WKAF? Will WEEI add local shows in overnights and weekends so its network stations don’t overlap with these and other networks programming? As we have answers to these questions, we’ll fill you in.