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Re: NERW 3/24: WFAU Loses A Tower, WFNX Gains A State, NERW VisitsCalifornia...

Sptseditor@aol.com wrote:

> 2.) How much longer will 'WRX spin classic rock and Imus?

Imus has been gone from WRX for months now.  Clear Channel moved him to WWBB last
year.  Carolyn Fox has been handling morning drive since then. As far as the
classic rock is concerned, kiss it goodbye, as well as the airstaff.

> 3.) Do you think he'd be stupid enough to make Providence merely a repeater,
> like Portland and Peterborough? After all, signal-wise 103.7 will be the
> strongest of them all -- I live in South Boston and, if I want to pick it up,
> don't have a problem doing so.

I think 103.7 will probably simulcast 101.7 most of the time, but I wouldn't be
suprised if they break away for 7p-12mid so that a local jock can cater to the
area club and concert scenes, do giveaways, local phoners etc.  It's similar to
what WIBF-Philadelphia (now WPHI) did when they simulcast the WDRE network out of
Long Island in the mid 1990's.

> Wonder what the folks at WBCN think about this one, since they have always
> done well in the Providence book from what I gather...

WBCN does do okay in Providence, but not stellar--and I'd imagine that most of
their numbers come from Stern, since local Stern affiliate WWKX/WAKX comes in
spotty in some parts of Providence where BCN is pretty solid.  Also, BCN does a
better job producing the Stern show than Hot 106, and many Stern listeners don't
care for Hot 106's hip-hop/CHR format.  I doubt that BCN's numbers, which are
rather minimal, will be affected by 103.7/FNX and I'm sure they won't care too
much either.

Mike Thomas
WXLO & Mediabase 24/7