98.7 New York

ESPN New York 98.7 Revamps Middays & Nights

ESPN’s “ESPN New York 98.7” WEPN-FM is swapping hosts in two of its dayparts. Alan Hahn will move from the 10am-1pm “Hahn, Humpty & Canty” show to nights from 7-10pm starting Monday, August 21. The midday show will be renamed just “Humpty & Canty” as former New York Islanders goalie Rick ‘Humpty’ DiPietro and former Dallas Cowboy/New York Giants defensive end Chris Canty will be joined by current night host Dave Rothenberg. Beginning Monday, Aug. 21, ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Alan Hahn will host The Alan Hahn Show – weekdays 7- 10 p.m. ET – where he will discuss the biggest topics in New York sports. Hahn has hosted Hahn, Humpty & Canty (weekdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET) since 2014. The re-named Humpty & Canty will continue...[Read More]

ESPN Radio Promotes WEPN PD Justin Craig To Senior Director Programming and Operations

ESPN has promoted Justin Craig to Senior Director, Programming and Operations for the national ESPN Radio network. Craig has worked for ESPN since January 1998 moving up from board operator to producer to Program Director first for “ESPN 1000” WMVP Chicago and since 2010 as PD of “ESPN 98.7” WEPN New York. In his new role Craig will relocate to Bristol CT and oversee all ESPN Radio programming and production. Ryan Hurley, who has served as Assistant Program Director at WEPN since 2015 and producer of The Michael Kay Show since 2004, will assume the Program Director role at WEPN. Stephen A. Smith show producer Jonathan Winthrop adds Assistant Program Director duties. ESPN Radio New York 98.7FM program director Justin Craig has been named Senior Director, Programming ...[Read More]

Stephen A. Smith Returns To ESPN 98.7 New York & 710 Los Angeles

After two years on SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Radio” channel 82, Stephen A. Smith is moving his radio show back to ESPN’s 98.7 WEPN-FM New York and 710 KSPN Los Angeles. The show will air live in both markets from 1-3pm eastern/10am-12pm pacific, while also airing on SiriusXM’s channel 80. To make room for Smith in New York, Rich Hahn and Rick ‘Humpty’ DiPietro will move from 1-3pm to 10am to 1pm. No word yet on the status of Mychal Thompson and Mike Trudell, who air from 9am-12pm on 710 KSPN. Other changes created by these moves include the move of ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz from 98.7 WEPN-FM to sister “ESPN Deportes 1050” WEPN from 12-2pm and the first two hours of Russillo & Kanell will be carried by SiriusXM...[Read More]

Peter Rosenberg Joins Michael Kay Show

Peter Rosenberg is joining the exclusive club of co-hosting two drive-time programs for different companies. The current “Hot 97” WQHT New York morning co-host will join “ESPN 98.7” WEPN-FM’s Michael Kay Show from 4-7pm daily as the third co-host starting Tuesday, September 15. Rosenberg will join Kay, the lead play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees on YES Network and Don LaGreca at WEPN-FM. Rosenberg’s WQHT co-host Ebro Darden is one of the others heard in both drive time periods as he is heard on Apple’s Beats 1 from 6-8pm weekdays.

Michael Kay Signs Three Year Extension With ESPN New York

The television voice of the New York Yankees will retain his “other” job as afternoon host at “98.7 ESPN New York” WEPN-FM New York. Michael Kay announced today he signed a three year contract extension with ESPN to continue hosting the show he has held since 2002. Kay and co-host Don LaGreca air weekdays from 3-7pm and have been simulcast on cable’s YES Network. Originally a sportswriter for The New York Post and then the Daily News, Kay joined the Yankees radio broadcasts in 1992 and then shifted over to their television broadcasts when YES launched in 2002. ESPN New York 98.7FM has signed veteran New York City broadcaster Michael Kay to a three-year contract extension that will keep the longtime radio voice with the station through 2018. The successful team...[Read More]

Stephen A. Smith Moves To SiriusXM

Stephen A. Smith is moving his daily radio show from “ESPN New York” 98.7 WEPN to SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Radio” Channel 85. The new program will debut on Tuesday, September 2 and be produced by ESPN for SiriusXM. Smith will continue to appear on ESPN2’s “First Take” and other ESPN properties. The possibility of the move by Smith from WEPN-FM to SiriusXM was first reported by The New York Daily News in late July. ESPN and SiriusXM have reached an agreement for ESPN to produce The Stephen A. Smith Show exclusively for SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 85. The two-hour daily program will debut on satellite radio on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. ET. The show will be produced and broadcast from ESPN Audio’s headquarters in Bristol. &...[Read More]

ESPN New York To ReAdd Long Island Simulcast

Newsday reports that “ESPN New York” 98.7 WEPN-FM New York will add a partial simulcast on 107.1 WLIR-FM Hampton Bays and 96.9 W245BA Manorville, NY next week. The simulcast will be part of a new station billed as “Champions Radio“. The station will feature a mix of locally originating programming and content from WEPN-FM including all programming from 12pm to 12am weekdays and most of the weekends. The station will also feature Stony Brook University and local high school play-by-play. It will also return ESPN programming to the Long Island frequency where it was previously heard from 2008 until its sale to Livingstone Broadcasting in 2011 when the station became the flagship for its Christian “Hope Radio” network. No word on the other four translators ...[Read More]

ESPN Deportes New York Debuts

Update 9/7: 1050 WEPN has launched its new “ESPN Deportes New York” format. In addition to the national ESPN Deportes programming, the station will feature two local programs daily. “Firma ESPN” will run in mornings from 7 to 10am hosted by Renato Bermudez, Ernesto Jerez, and Jorge Ebro. “Zona ESPN NY” will air from 2-4pm hosted by Carolina Guillen, Sebastian Christensen, and Enrique Rojas. The station will also air all New York Jets football games in spanish. Original Report 8/24: 1050 WEPN New York will break its simulcast of “98.7 ESPN New York” WEPN-FM as planned on Friday, September 7 at 2:00pm. The move, which was announced when ESPN began its LMA of 98.7 in April, will give ESPN Deportes Radio its long desired affiliate in the #1 radio...[Read More]

ESPN To LMA 98.7 WRKS New York From Emmis

Update 4/30: “ESPN New York 98.7” debuted as announced at 12:00am as Kiss-FM signed off after a farewell weekend. The final song on Kiss was Brother’s Gonna Work It Out by Willie Hutch. Listen to the change of Kiss-FM to ESPN at FormatChange.com. Along with the change to the primary feed, 98.7 HD2 is now rebroadcasting ESPN Deportes Radio and 98.7 HD3 is a simulcast of the ESPNews television network. Original Report 4/26: Emmis has agreed to LMA Urban AC “98.7 Kiss-FM” WRKS New York to ESPN. The change will take effect Monday at 12:01am. WRKS will simulcast “1050 ESPN” WEPN until September at which time the AM will shift to Spanish Sports “ESPN Deportes Radio“. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports that Emmis will receive $8.4 ...[Read More]

WRKS Intellectual Property To Be Merged Into WBLS

In addition to leasing the 98.7 frequency in New York to ESPN, Emmis has sold the “Kiss-FM” intellectual property to YMF Media which will merge it into its 107.5 WBLS. WRKS and WBLS began a delayed simulcast at 10am this morning as the stations begin to transition 98.7’s audience over to 107.5. WRKS middayer Shalia and night host Lenny Greene will move to WBLS in the same timeslots. WBLS will retain Steve Harvey in the mornings and Jeff Foxx in afternoons. Tom Joyner, Michael Baisden, and Keith Sweat lose their syndicated slots. WBLS’s midday shift had been vacant since Egypt departed the station in February. Prior to the sign-off of “98.7 Kiss-FM” this weekend the stations will pay tribute to the history of Kiss. Here’s Emmis Press Release: Emmis ...[Read More]