Following his exit from Entercom News/Talk 1080 WTIC Hartford last week, Bob Joyce is following the University of Connecticut to iHeartMedia Sports “97.9 ESPN” WUCS Windsor Locks/Hartford. Joyce will serve as Executive Producer of UConn Athletics Content for WUCS and continue as the play-by-play voice for UConn Women’s Basketball and Men’s Hockey. He will also work closely with the station’s afternoon show hosted by former MLB pitcher Rob Dibble. iHeartMedia announced today that Bob Joyce has been named Executive Producer of UConn Athletics content for 97.9 ESPN Hartford, Hartford’s Sports station. iHeartMedia Hartford has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing five sta...[Read More]
The University of Connecticut is leaving Entercom News/Talk 1080 WTIC Hartford after 26 years as IMG has signed a ten year deal with iHeartMedia Sports “97.9 ESPN” WUCS Windsor Locks to take over as its rights holders for football, mens hockey, and mens and womens basketball starting in with the Fall 2018 school year. WUCS will also carry select Olympic sports from the university and ancillary programming including the UConn Women’s Basketball Coach’s Radio Show with Geno Auriemma, the UConn Men’s Basketball Coach’s Radio Show with Kevin Ollie, UConn Football Coach’s Radio Show with Randy Edsall, and the UConn Hockey Coach’s Radio Show with Michael Cavanaugh. IMG today announced a transformative 10-year, multimillion-dollar partnership with iHeartMedia and 97.9 ESPN, Hart...[Read More]
Update 1/27: “97.9 ESPN” launched at 6am today. Currently running the national ESPN Radio lineup in full, 97.9 will soon add a local afternoon show. The station gives ESPN an FM signal audible at its Bristol, CT headquarters. Update 1/25: 97.9 and 100.9 have both applied for licenses for their new tower locations and have begun testing at half power. The new 97.9, licensed to Windsor Locks CT transmits from downtown Hartford and will operate with 3.4kW from 443 feet. 100.9, formerly AAA WRNX, has been simulcasting with 97.9 since Halloween. It will now operate with 870 watts from 860 feet, approximately 13 miles north of Springfield. Original Report 12/6: As 97.9 WPKX prepares to make its move from Springfield, MA to Hartford, Clear Channel has registered a number of domains gi...[Read More]
Clear Channel Country “Kix 97.9” WPKX Springfield, MA has begun simulcasting on 100.9 WRNX displacing the former AAA format. The long awaited move is the first step in the process of WPKX leaving the Springfield market for Hartford, CT where it will gain a new format and identity. With this move, the stations are beginning to emphasize the ne “Kix 100.9” identity. WRNX, licensed to Amherst, MA has a construction permit to improve its signal in Springfield proper. No word yet on how long the simulcast will last before 97.9 completely hands the format to 100.9.