CBS Looking To Sell Off Their Radio Stations

Scott Fybush
Sat Mar 26 18:26:24 EDT 2016

There are a remarkable number of unfounded assumptions sparking wild 
speculation out there.

It's been more than 30 years since the FCC allowed base calls to be 
shared between radio and TV stations that were not co-owned. It's going 
on 20 years since ABC sold off its radio stations and licensed callsigns 
such as WABC, WLS, KGO and KABC to the stations' buyer.

*If* CBS were to sell 1030 - which I think is still somewhat unlikely, 
as I explored here 
( - no 
login required) - the WBZ calls are indeed a significant part of the 
value of the station and would surely be licensed to the buyer as part 
of the deal.

I don't think that 99% of the 98.5 audience would identify it as 
"WBZ-FM," so the callsign isn't so valuable there, but I suspect it 
would still get licensed in a sale. IF it happens. Which I still suspect 
it won't.

On 3/26/2016 5:47 PM, Gary's Ice Cream wrote:
> I would say that without the calls the value of 1030 and 98.5 would be
> depreciated greatly.
>                      Gary's Ice Cream, Chelmsford, MA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sidney Schweiger []
> Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2016 5:45 PM
> To: Kevin Vahey
> Cc: Gary's Ice Cream; Boston Radio Group
> Subject: Re: CBS Looking To Sell Off Their Radio Stations
> "Perhaps the new owners keep the WBZ calls on AM - perhaps they don't."
> Only if CBS allows it, since they will presumably still own WBZ-TV.

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