Western Mass Progressive Talk

David Tomm nostaticatall@charter.net
Sun May 20 18:39:46 EDT 2007

WHMP has been a longtime Sox affiliate.  I'm surprised the affiliation 
wasn't pulled when the Sox signed on WVEI-FM, but I guess they figured 
Northampton was a "different market" than Springfield so it allowed 
1400 to keep the games.   I'm sure most people in and around NoHo 
listen to the games on 105.5 FM anyway.

A similar situation exists in Connecticut, where WILI/ Willimantic 
(also on 1400 and a longtime affiliate) and WINY/Putnam still air the 
games despite WEEI-FM's big signal booming into their listening areas.  
I guess the PR hit of pulling the affiliations of some of these loyal 
AM affiliates just isn't worth it.  Again,  most area listeners 
probably tune into the games on FM anyway, especially at night.

 From what I understood, the WPNI simulcast with WUMB was supposed to be 
a temporary thing while ownership figured out what to do with the 
format after the WFCR bailout.   It would seem that a WUMB simulcast 
would work in that area so maybe it will be in place for awhile.

-Dave Tomm
"Mike Thomas"

On May 20, 2007, at 12:21 AM, A. Joseph Ross wrote:

> WHMP 1400 in Northampton has satellite stations in Greenfield, 1240,
> and Springfield, 1600.  This evening, WHMP broke into Bobby Kennedy,
> Jr.'s "Ring of Fire" program to start the Red Sox game.  I checked
> the Springfield frequency, and "Ring of Fire" was still going.
> I also noticed that WPNI in Amherst, 1430, is now relaying WUMB, but
> with their own legal ID, rather than being part of the WUMB mass IDs
> that they do.

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