ESPN-Boston problems?

John Francini
Mon Jun 18 11:56:50 EDT 2007

For the southern NH problem -- time for ESPN to back to 900/1250 WGAM  
in Nashua/Manchester and drop Fox Sports Radio on its head where it  
belongs, perhaps?

I think it was bizarre for ESPN to unceremoniously drop 900/1250 in  
the first place.


On 18 Jun 2007, at 11:48, Scott Fybush wrote:

> Kevin Vahey wrote:
>> Was talking to a freiend who works at ESPN in Bristol and he says the
>> network is looking very hard at the new owner of 1510 to possibly  
>> move
>> ESPN Radio there.
>> Problem is a nutshell is the 890 nightime signal and they have
>> received many complaints from would be listeners of World Series and
>> other sports playoffs that they simply can not hear the station.
>> It is rare that someone would look at 1510 as an option for a better
>> signal but it certainly is at this point.
>> This might explain why the new owners sent out a release saying they
>> would stay sports.
> I suspect anyone switching from 890 to 1510 in search of a  
> significantly better night signal is going to go home disappointed.  
> Neither is a full-market night signal, nor can it ever be one. It  
> all comes down to what portion of the metro you're most interested  
> in serving. 890 is, as you'd expect from the Dedham COL, most  
> potent along a line from its Ashland transmitter site through the  
> southwestern suburbs of Boston. It doesn't have the raw signal  
> strength to be very useful in Boston proper, and its pattern  
> doesn't favor the northern suburbs at all. It also suffers a lot of  
> incoming interference from WLS and WCBS.
> 1510, by contrast, is most effective along a line from its Waltham/ 
> Belmont transmitter into downtown Boston, and is decent in the  
> northern suburbs. It's lousy to the south and nonexistent to the  
> west, and suffers massive incoming interference from WLAC.
> Neither signal is useful in the growth areas of the market -  
> southern NH, west of Framingham, the South Shore.
>> BTW maybe Scott knows for sure but are the Spinners just going to be
>> on 1400 and not 890?
> As best I can tell, yes, that's the case. I expect the ESPN network  
> feed would continue on 890.
> s

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