Entercom has brought the “Alt” brand to another one of its properties. “FM 94.9” KBZT San Diego has made a minor tweak to its identity and become “Alt 94.9” joining its sister stations in Dallas, New York, and San Francisco utilizing the name. Unlike San Francisco, where the revamp of the former “Live 105” saw the exit of much of its airstaff, no changes have been made on-air other than the station name. The move is also significant as it indicates Entercom’s potential long term plan to retain the format following the supposed hiring of Dan Sileo from Sports “Mighty 1090” XEPRS to anchor a planned Sports station along with the MLB San Diego Padres play-by-play that was heard on KBZT in 2017. KBZT registered a 1.9 share in th...[Read More]
Former 106.1 WBLI Long Island morning hosts Dana DiDonato and Jayson Prim are joining Entercom Alternative “FM 94.9” KBZT San Diego for mornings. Dana & Jayson succeed Chris Cantore and Stephen Woods who departed in January. DiDonato and Prim exited WBLI last summer. She had spent eleven years at the station with multiple co-hosts and previously worked for Entercom at Variety Hits “98.7 Simon” WSMW Greensboro NC using the air name “AJ”. She started her career as part of the Danny & Zack show on “K92” WXLK Roanoke. Prim spent three years as DiDonato’s co-host at WBLI and before that was an off-Broadway actor and performer. Entercom San Diego today announced the debut of “Dana and Jayson” on KBZT FM 949. The program will air Mon...[Read More]
Entercom Alternative “FM 94.9” KBZT San Diego has parted ways with morning hosts Chris Cantore and Stephen Woods. Cantore joined KBZT in October 2015 following runs at Alternative “91X” XETRA-FM and AAA 102.1 KPRI in the market. Woods joined the station in 2010 as part of the previous “Mikey Show” led by Mikey Esparza from 97.1 KEGL Dallas. The duo started podcasting together in 2013 while working at different stations in the market. KBZT has been the subject of many rumors in the market since it was announced last year that it would become the new flagship for San Diego Padres baseball starting this April. Entercom has stated throughout they remain committed to the Alternative format at the station.
On the heels of signing an extension to keep the Boston Red Sox on 93.7 WEEI-FM Boston, Entercom has landed the radio rights to another Major League Baseball franchise. The San Diego Padres will move from Broadcast Company of Americas Sports “Mighty 1090” XEPRS Tijuana to Entercom Alternative “FM 94/9” KBZT San Diego starting with the 2017 season. The five year deal was announced by Entercom CEO David Field during the company’s quarterly earnings report this morning. And I am pleased to report that we have entered into an agreement to become the flagship radio broadcaster for the San Diego Padres. Starting in 2017 and continuing through 2021, our FM 94.9 in San Diego will be the home for all the Padres games. FM 94.9 will retain its alternative rock format off...[Read More]
Entercom and Bonneville have announced they will begin operating their newly acquired stations on Friday, July 17 with Entercom closing on its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media. Entercom Communications Corp. (“Entercom” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ETM) announced today that it has closed its acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media Corporation (“LFM”) and will begin operating the LFM stations on Friday, July 17. Entercom also announces that effective the same date it will commence operations of KSWD-FM Los Angeles under a time brokerage agreement (“TBA”) with Bonneville International Corporation (“Bonneville”). At the same time, Bonneville will commence operations of Entercom’s Denver stations KOSI-FM, KYGO-FM, KKFN-FM and KEPN-AM under a TBA with Entercom. This follows the Company’s announ...[Read More]
The Entercom/Lincoln Financial Media deal has been filed with the FCC. To comply with market cap limits in Denver, Sports “104.3 The Fan” KKFN Longmont will be placed in the Pikes Peak Trust run by Elliot Evers for divestiture to a third party. The remainder of the Lincoln Financial Media stations will begin to be operated by Entercom via Time Brokerage Agreement on January 15 or two days after DOJ approval of the deal, whichever is the latter of the two. During the TBA and until the actual sales close, Entercom agrees to not change any formats on the to-be-acquired stations. The $105 million purchase price will consist of a $77 million cash payment to Lincoln Financial, with the remainder consisting of Entercom stock grants to Lincoln. Original Report 12/8: Entercom Communicat...[Read More]
This morning Entercom shocked the industry with their acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media for $105 million. Entercom acquired fifteen stations and a translator for less money than Steel City Media paid for Wilks four station in Kansas City earlier this year, a smaller market than any of the Lincoln stations. To show how much station prices have dropped, the price is nearly equal to the amount Greater Media paid for Lincoln’s three stations in Charlotte, NC in 2008. Denver This deal is all about establishing Entercom’s dominance in Denver. Entercom has yet to reveal which station will be divested to satisfy the ownership cap limits. Using the November 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM Ratings, Entercom’s four stations combined for a 14.1 share and Lincoln’s six combined for ...[Read More]