17 years

Bob DeMattia bob.bosra@demattia.net
Sat Mar 2 07:33:07 EST 2013

Ottman bought 590 from ARS in August, 1994 and sold it to Salem in
December 1996.

This article provides a good chronology of the 590 frequency:


On Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 4:40 AM, Dan.Strassberg <dan.strassberg@att.net>wrote:

> In the latest issue of NERW, Scott refers to 17 years since Bloomberg has
> had a Boston outlet--or did I read it incorrectly? But if I read it right,
> I'm assuming that Scott must have been talking about 590 back when it had
> the WBNW calls and was owned by Peter Ottmar's Back Bay Broadcasting (after
> CBS, but--I guess--before the Celtics).
> First of all, what were the years in which Ottmar owned 590 and what was
> the
> chronology of ownership of 590 (who owned it in what years)?
> Second, I don't remember hearing Bloomberg on 590 when it was WBNW and was
> doing financial news/talk. 17 years ago would have been 1996, right? IIRC,
> 1130 in New York had become WBBR (under Bloomberg ownership) and started
> financial news/talk in late 1992. If all that is correct, 590 certainly
> could have carried a Bloomberg feed in 1996. But did it?
> Also, I would agree with Scott that 1120 (which now has the WBNW calls)
> really isn't a Boston signal. But if you count 1120 as a Boston signal, it
> has carried some Bloomberg programming much more recently than 17 years
> ago--probably as recently as last year and maybe even currently. For
> several
> months at the start of that fairly recent period, problems with the
> satellite feed made listening essentially impossible. BAD radio, indeed!
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