Friday, October 30, 2009

Sports stations to switch network affiliations this weekend

Sports fans in Boston are about to hear some changes at competing sports talkers WEEI AM 850 and WBZ-FM/98-5 in overnight and weekend timeslots effective this Sunday.

As was mentioned here earlier, after a four-year stay at now-defunct ESPN 890, ESPN Radio's programming is returning to WEEI AM 850. After ESPN 890 went silent on September 14, ESPN and WEEI announced a new deal on October 7(
BRW 10/7) . The initial phase of the new union with ESPN was the addition of MLB playoffs earlier this month. The next phase of ESPN Radio's return to AM 850 involves weekend and overnight programming being added to WEEI's line-up starting this Sunday night after conclusion of Game 4 of the World Series. With WEEI forging forces with ESPN it also means that Boston's first sports station is dropping Fox Sports Radio programming after a four-year affiliation run(2005-2009).

But one station's loss is another station's find. After two and half months on the air, the new start-up sports talker WBZ-FM/SportsHub 98-5 is dropping Sporting News Radio's overnight and weekend shows to become Fox Sports Radio's Boston affiliate beginning this Sunday(11/1). Fox's programming will air from 11pm to 6am weekdays as well as weekend nights. Fox Sports Radio's new home in Boston will now be located on FM as national network's popular overnight personality JT The Brick will migrate from WEEI to WBZ-FM beginning this Sunday night where he'll be heard from 1am to 6am(Sun-Thur). For the past 13 years on WEEI, The Brick has built a large Boston listener base.

12 comments:

scott said...

i guess that means the end of the david stein era in boston. what am i going to do without pep talk wednesdays and family football fridays?

raccoonradio said...

WWZN 1510 still runs Sporting News Radio I believe, nights and weekends

Boston Radio Watch said...

Rac,

Not for that much longer.

raccoonradio said...

Ah---had heard rumor of prog talk expanding on 1510 (or, is 890 re-activating and going SNR? Many would predict Spanish for them but who knows.)

alex said...

does this mean espn personalities will appear on weei shows?

also, does anyone know if david stein has a podcast because i will still need my fix of positve sports related hauikus

raccoonradio said...

Yes the likes of Gammons do appear now on WEEI shows. Meanwhile it's just past 12:45 am on Sun night and Fox is still on WEEI while SNR is still on WBZ-FM. Is the switch at 1 am, or is it tomorrow night?

raccoonradio said...

Fox sports indeed started at 1 am on WBZ-FM..but it was still on WEEI, too. That meant that WEEI was giving free plugs to the competition, as JT was heard to thank WEEI for 13 years but they were glad to be on "Boston's new home for sports, 98.5 the Sports Hub". CBS thanks Entercom for the free mentions! Did the board op not know that ESPN was supposed to start?

Boston Radio Watch said...

Not one of the smoothest affiliation switchovers, but things were eventually in ther right places at some point before 4am - WEEI had ESPN Radio's Jason Smith and WBZ-FM was running Fox Sports' JT The Brick.

dbvader said...

WEEI had ESPN Radio's Jason Smith and WBZ-FM was running Fox Sports' JT The Brick.

The winners? Not the listeners.

Bring back David Stein. He at least makes me laugh, although unintentionally. The other two are just stupid.

Arthur Smith said...

And out here in Worcester, on WVEI, we are still stuck with JT The Brick overnight. I wrote to the producers on Dennis and Callahan, and they confirmed that in Worcester, and I still do not understand why, we are stuck with Fox Sports on the overnight.

raccoonradio said...

Not sure if SNR might re-appear via 890; who knows. In the meantime I'm pretty sure SNR is carried on XM/Sirius satellite radio

raccoonradio said...

Originally tonight's World Series gm 6 was to air on WEEI after an 8 pm-start Celtics game but the WRKO site (Complete Schedule page) now says 680 will have all of the game, starting at 8 pm. Given the interest level of Pedro vs. Pinstripes, they decided to carry all of it rather than just pick up the last inning or two!