WEEI can't blame the Bruins for July

Paul B. Walker, Jr. walkerbroadcasting@gmail.com
Sat Aug 13 14:47:03 EDT 2011

Great media only owns one AM.. how about..

1110 WBT Charlotte?

1450 WCTC New Brunswick, NJ?

WMTR 1250?

On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM, Dan.Strassberg <dan.strassberg@att.net>wrote:

> GM is not an AM company. They do own one AM that I know of,
> however--WPEN--and they have upgraded its technical facilities to the
> max that was possible, but they are running it as a simulcast of a
> highly directional full Class-B FM that is better than a rimshot of
> its (Philadelphia) market. There is plenty of reason to believe that
> GM would let WPEN go if somebody were to make a decent offer for it.
> So why would a company that is not interested in AM and that spent
> ~$100 million about five years ago to acquire its last Boston-market
> FM trade away any of its Boston signals even for two 50-kW-U AMs? All
> of GM's Boston-area signals are full Class Bs, though three are
> licensed to suburbs--Waltham, Brookline, Framingham--plus two to
> Boston itself. And four of the five transmit from the Pru. They would
> have relocated WKLB to the Pru if it had been technically feasible but
> an IF problem with WUMB prevents such a move. My guess is that WRKO
> plus WEEI together are not worth as much as WTKK by itself. That would
> surely be GM's position if Entercom were to approach it about a swap.
> IMO, Entercom would have to sweeten the deal with a big FM signal in
> another market to get GM to even listen to its pitch--and even if that
> were part of a proposed deal, GM would still wind up laughing the
> Entercom emissary out the door.
> -----
> Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kevin Vahey" <kvahey@gmail.com>
> To: "Bob Nelson" <raccoonradio@gmail.com>
> Cc: "(newsgroup) Boston-Radio-Interest"
> <boston-radio-interest@**bostonradio.org<boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
> >
> Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:35 AM
> Subject: Re: WEEI can't blame the Bruins for July
>  FM options are pretty limited for Entercom
>> I wonder if any thought has been given to going to Greater Media and
>> perhaps
>> working out some kind of a swap with 96.9 being the focal point.
>> (Maybe
>> offer them both 680 and 850 plus cash) - Then GM could merge their
>> talk
>> format with whatever they want from WRKO and then use 850 for pure
>> radio)
>> In any event WEEI has to be wondering what has happened to The Big
>> Show...Felger and Mazz are just killing them now.
>> On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 8:48 AM, Bob Nelson <raccoonradio@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>  The rumor of Entercom buying WFNX awhile back was notable in that
>>> the
>>> only media source that was reporting it was a weekly publication
>>> (and
>>> online site) called the Weekly Dig. Nobody else had it, and both
>>> Entercom and the Phoenix denied it. Funny...a rival to the Boston
>>> Phoenix spreading a rumor of the Phoenix selling off their radio
>>> outlet...just to tweak them I guess.
>>> An FM presence for the sports talk and Red Sox/Celtics games may
>>> happen eventually, as it has in other markets, but as noted before
>>> Entercom is apparently doing well with
>>> WAAF, WKAF, and WMKK and might not change them. WEEI is now on the
>>> HD2
>>> signals of WAAF and WKAF, not that too many people yet have HD
>>> radios
>>> or plan to get them.
>>> For Red Sox games, WBOQ in Gloucester is an affiliate (not as
>>> powerful
>>> as some would like, especially in some workplaces). If WMKK were to
>>> //WEEI, or if somehow the Phoenix could indeed be convinced to sell
>>> 101.7 to Entercom, either North Shore-based station (well, WMKK is
>>> licensed to Lawrence but the stick is in Peabody) would pose a
>>> threat
>>> to WBOQ--assuming Entercom would allow the Sox to continue on
>>> 104.9.
>>> WMKK's signal is pretty good, at least around here, but they don't
>>> want to unplug the low cost, high profit "Mike".
>>> By the way speaking of WBOQ, as Simon Geller continues to roll over
>>> in
>>> his grave,
>>> I do get to hear parts of some Sox games at work (in spots where it
>>> does come in)
>>> and the board op at "North Shore 104.9" has to often cut off promos
>>> and IDs
>>> WEEI
>>> runs. The voice of Jim Cutler starts to tell people about The Big
>>> Show
>>> or Dale and
>>> Holley, etc., and suddenly the board op has to inject some kind of
>>> WBOQ
>>> promo
>>> to squash it. I don't know if other Sox affiliates have the same
>>> problem--I'd think
>>> the Red Sox network must have a stream they can tap into where that
>>> doesn't happen
>>> but 104.9 for some reason winds up getting a stream where the WEEI
>>> promos
>>> pop in, and they have to quickly move to cut off the promos...
>>> On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 7:08 PM, Kevin Vahey <kvahey@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> http://www.boston.com/sports/**touching_all_the_bases/2011/**
>>> 08/media_linkage_and_more_**arbitro.html<http://www.boston.com/sports/touching_all_the_bases/2011/08/media_linkage_and_more_arbitro.html>
>>> >
>>> > Only the Red Sox games in the evening are keeping them close.
>>> >
>>> > I am sure the Entrercom buying WFNX rumors will start again but I
>>> > don't
>>> > think 101.7 is strong enough unless they just simulcast 850.
>>> >

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