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Entercom Swaps 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston To Beasley For Magic 106.7

Entercom is trading Sports “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM Boston to Beasley Media for AC “Magic 106.7” WMJX and $12 million cash. WBZ-FM will join a Beasley cluster that includes Alternative “Alt 92.9” WBOS, Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT, Country 102.5 WKLB, Classic Hits 105.7 WROR, and Brokered Business 1330 WRCA/106.1 W291CZ. Entercom will add WMJX to its mix of former CBS Radio and Entercom stations that include Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM, CHR “103.3 Amp Radio” WODS, Hot AC “Mix 104.1” WBMX, Rock 107.3 WAAF, Sports “ESPN Radio 850” WEEI and WEEI-FM simulcast 1440 WVEI. Both companies will take over operations of their acquired stations via LMA when the CBS Radio/Entercom merger closes. Beasley Broadcast Group, ...[Read More]

Entercom Narrows Down 16 Stations To Be Divested To Complete CBS Radio Merger

In order to complete its merger with CBS Radio, Entercom has agreed to divest sixteen stations in order to ensure regulatory approval. In a memo sent to CBS Radio employees CEO Andre Fernandez revealed that the following stations will be divested: Boston: CBS Radio’s News/Talk 1030 WBZ, Sports “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM, Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX and Entercom’s Talk 680 WRKO and Urban AC “The New 97.7” WKAF. San Francisco: CBS Radio CHR “99.7 Now” KMVQ and Entercom AC 96.5 KOIT, Classic Rock “98.5 K-Fox” KUFX, and Urban AC 102.9 KBLX. Sacramento: CBS Radio’s AC “Mix 96” 96.1 KYMX, Hot AC “Now 100.5” KZZO, Country 105.1 KNCI, and Sports 1140 KHTK Seattle: CBS Radio’s Variety Hits “96.5 Jack...[Read More]

98.5 The Sports Hub To Continue As Patriots Flagship

Despite what happens with the Entercom and CBS Radio merger and the necessary divestitures in Boston, one thing will remain certain: the NFL’s New England Patriots will continue to be heard on Sports “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM. During the pregame show prior to tonight’s season opening game, Patriots President Jonathan Kraft announced that the team has signed a multi-year extension to keep the games on WBZ-FM. The Patriots have been heard on CBS Radio stations in the Boston market since 1994 when they spent a season on then Westinghouse News/Talk 1030 WBZ, before moving to Infinity Broadcasting’s 104.1 WBCN in 1995 and to 98.5 when that frequency flipped to Sports in 2009. The team’s current broadcasters, play-by-play man Bob Socci and analyst Scott Zol...[Read More]

CBS Promotes Mike Thomas To VP/Sports Programming

CBS Radio has promoted Mike Thomas to Vice President of Sports Programming. Along with the new duties joining Mark Chernoff in overseeing CBS’ portfolio of all-Sports stations and the CBS Sports Radio network, Thomas will continue to program “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM and Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX Boston. With the premier roster of top-rated local sports stations, and the growing nationally-focused CBS Sports Radio among its portfolio, CBS RADIO announced today it was expanding its senior leadership team in charge of programming with the promotion of Mike Thomas to Vice President, Sports Programming. The announcement was made by Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO. Thomas will continue to serve as CBS RADIO’s head of programming in Boston whil...[Read More]

How Boston Radio Handled Today’s Bombing Coverage

The radio industry’s response to today’s explosions at the Boston Marathon has been very varied. Shortly after news broke, CBS’ entire cluster began simulcasting the coverage of either News 1030 WBZ or sister WBZ-TV 4. Entercom’s 93.7 WEEI-FM broke in with local coverage following its post-game coverage of the Boston Red Sox game before temporarily simulcasting sister Talk 680 WRKO and then returning to local programming. The remainder of the commercial music stations mostly continued with their normal programming, although the stations that are staffed including Clear Channel’s “Kiss 108” WXKS and “Jam’n 94.5” and Greater Media’s “Country 102.5” WKLB and “Hot 96.9” WBQT were breaking in with updates ...[Read More]