Entercom announces what it plans to keep
Fri Oct 13 08:10:03 EDT 2017
The rights to the base call stay with the owner that's had them the
longest. CBS keeps "WBZ" and the others. There's a contractual provision
giving Entercom a license to keep using WBZ on radio and (with approval
from CBS) to transfer that license to a new owner.
On Oct 13, 2017 1:58 AM, "A Joseph Ross" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> For some years now, it has been possible for separately-owned stations in
> different services to have the same base call letters. It was once noted in
> this forum that there is a WKLB (AM) somewhere, under different ownership
> than the local WKLB-FM. I think the station which had the call first has
> to give consent. So I imagine that WBZ (AM) can control whether anyone
> else gets to be WBZ-xx. Any necessary consents may be part of the terms of
> the sale. I suspect if WBZ-FM is sold separately from the AM, it may be
> required to change the callsign.
> On 10/12/2017 2:43 AM, Sean Smyth wrote:
>> I'm curious about the WBZ calls -- especially if Cox buys, as Scott and
>> Lance floated on their podcast. (Wasn't Cox considering unloading 25 about
>> 10 minutes ago? I don't see a 25/1030 marriage going smoothly.)
>> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 2:35 AM Doug Drown <email@example.com> wrote:
>> "You can be sure if it's Westinghouse." Uhh . . . Not any more.
>>> Rob is right. Westinghouse put WBZ on the air in 1921, bought CBS in
>>> and *became *CBS two years later, the tail having wagged the dog.
>>> I haven't been attentive as to what will be happening with KDKA and KYW,
>>> which are in similar circumstances.
>>> Robert Wright, the former CEO of NBC, once made the remark that getting
>>> network out of radio was the worst mistake he made during his time at the
>>> helm. A legacy disappeared. The same thing happened with ABC's historic
>>> O&Os. Sadly, I expect it will here, too.
>>> In addition, what will become of WBZ's close working relationship with
>>> Channel 4?
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