In an SEC filing Urban One states it will pay $4.2 million for WTEM. The company also anticipates to generate approximately $1.7 million of pro-forma EBITDA from the station for the remainder of the fiscal year at a multiple of 2.5x. Original Report 5/21: Daniel Snyder’s Red Zebra Broadcasting is selling its last outlet as Urban One acquires Sports “980 The Team” WTEM Washington DC to Urban One for an undisclosed price. The companies have also agreed to a rights deal to keep the NFL’s Washington Redskins gameday programming on the station, as WTEM will no longer be under common ownership with the franchise. Like last year, the games will also be heard on Cumulus Conservative Talk 630 WMAL/105.9 WMAL-FM. This is the second deal in recent years between the two compani...[Read More]
For the first time since it moved off of 570 AM in 1998, Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports 980 WTEM Washington DC is utilizing “The Team” as its moniker. WTEM dropped its “ESPN Radio 980” name this morning in favor of “The Team 980“. No programming changes have accompanied the rebranding, as the station will still carry ESPN Radio network programming at night and on weekends. WTEM launched in 1992 as “570 The Team“. It moved to 980 in 1998 and was rebranded as “Sportstalk 980“. When Red Zebra purchased WTEM in 2008 and merged it with its “Triple X ESPN Radio” trimulcast, the combined operation was rebranded as “ESPN Radio 980“. Red Zebra sold off its other stations to Radio-One, Salem and EMF in 2017
Red Zebra Broadcasting is selling Sports 92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD and 950 WXGI Richmond VA to Radio One for an undisclosed amount. With the deal, Radio One will begin operating both stations via LMA on Monday, May 1. WWXT will drop from the “ESPN 980” simulcast it has with 980 WTEM Washington DC and 94.3 WWXX Buckland VA and begin simulcasting Radio One Urban AC “Majic 102.3” WMMJ Bethesda MD. The addition of 92.7 to WMMJ will expand the station’s coverage on the southern and eastern side of the Washington market. Meanwhile in Richmond, WXGI will retain its ESPN Radio affiliation and begin to simulcast on Radio One’s 1240 WTPS and 102.7 W274BX Petersburg under a new “Richmond ESPN Radio” brand. With Red Zebra’s co-owned Washington ...[Read More]
Tony Kornheiser is exiting Red Zebra Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington and simulcasters 92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD and 94.3 WWXX Buckland VA at the end of this month. Kornheiser has been part of the lineup at WTEM on and off since its launch on 570 in 1992 including during his six year run while syndicated nationally by ESPN Radio. While part of the Monday Night Football booth, his show moved to the short-lived “Washington Post Radio” 1500 WTWP and “3WT” WWWT and XM Satellite Radio in 2007 and 2008. He returned to WTEM for 10am to 12pm in 2010. After his usual summer hiatus from the radio show, Kornheiser will launch a new podcast in September. He will also continue as the co-host of ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption. Red Zebra Broadcasting announc...[Read More]
Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington DC/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland VA will launch a new lineup heavy on local hosts on Monday, May 2. While nearly all dayparts will see a change, the centerpiece of the new lineup is the new morning show hosted by Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan that will run from 7-11am daily. Cooley had been co-hosting afternoons and Sheehan at 12-2pm. “Cooley and Kevin” will be preceded by Al Galdi from 5-7am. Tony Kornheiser will move back an hour to 11am-1pm, while “Inside the Locker Room” with Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell and Scott Jackson expands to three hours from 1-4pm. Andy Pollin will reunite with longtime co-host Steve Czaben to resurrect “The Sports Reporters” from 4-7pm, while “DMV Gam...[Read More]
Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington DC/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland VA is on the hunt for its third Program Director in less than a year. The Washington Post reports Dan Zampillo announced his resignation on Monday, but will remain through a transition period. Zampillo joined WTEM last April from SiriusXM. He filled the position made available when Chuck Sapienza resigned during the tumult created by the postponement of the station’s short lived “Man Cave” morning show. WTEM is currently undergoing restructuring as the parent Washington Redskins combine the management of the stations and the NFL franchise. Redskins EVP Terry Bateman is running the stations following the exit of Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmean last month.
Red Zebra Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick, MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA has named Dan Zampillo as its new Program Director. Zampillo replaces Chuck Sapienza who exited the station during the odd drama surrounding the launch of the station’s new “Man Cave” morning show last month. He joins the station from SiriusXM where he was Executive Producer of Sports and Director of Programming of the company’s NBA and Bleacher Report channels. He previously programmed CBS “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT Detroit, Dispatch’s 1460 WBNS Columbus, and was APD of Tribune’s 720 WGN Chicago prior to joining SiriusXM in 2010.
The on-going soap opera surrounding the will they or won’t they air “The Man Cave” takes another turn as Red Zebra’s “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington, DC/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick, MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA will debut their new local morning show on Monday, March 30. While not indicating what led to the delay surrounding the show’s launch and the exit of Program Director Chuck Sapienza, The Washington Post reports another twist in the saga. Apparently someone called WTEM management impersonating ESPN President John Skipper and threatened legal and financial ramifications if the new show replaced ESPN’s Mike & Mike as WTEM’s morning show. Original Report 3/15: The new “Man Cave” morning show on Red Zebra’s “ESPN 9...[Read More]
The debate over whether the Washington Redskins NFL franchise should change its name is spreading to the radio holdings of Red Zebra Broadcasting. While stating that any use of the name by a broadcaster should be considered indecent, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt told Indian Country Today Media Network that the commission should should reevaluate whether or not Daniel Snyder is fit to hold station licenses. Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, owns Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland, “SportsTalk 570” WSPZ Bethesda MD, and “ESPN 950” WXGI Richmond (and LMA’s simulcaster 100.5 WZEZ Goochland, VA). The stations operate as the flagship for the team’s broadcasts. The FCC should consider whether Mr. Sn...[Read More]