Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bruins sign a new deal with the SportsHub

WBZ 98.5/The SportsHub will remain the radio home of the Boston Bruins. The new deal is a multiyear one, though neither the station nor the team would say how many years the contract is for. 


As part of the new agreement announced late on Monday afternoon, the station will also expand Wednesday night's "The Hockey Show" from one to two hours.  The pre and post-game shows will remain 30 minutes long. 


The Sports Hub carries all Bruins games, as well as all broadcasts of New England Patriots and New England Revolution games.  The station is owned by CBS Radio which has held Bruins radio broadcast rights for the past 17 seasons.


BRW Notebook


Food for thought : Starting this week, WTKK 96.9 is inserting the Andelman Brothers' "The Phantom Gourmet Radio Show" into its Friday lineup from 10am-1pm, adding to their regular Saturday afternoon show(4-7pm) which has aired on WTKK since April 2007. As the result, Doug Meehan's 10am-Noon show will now be heard Monday thru Thursday and syndicated Michael Smerconish will lose an hour on Fridays(1pm-3pm).


Rocking the Harbor :  With WFNX 101.7 getting out of the business of playing alternative rock for the past 29 years, frequency's new owner, Clear Channel, is bringing back adult hits/variety hits format to Boston which is expected(repeat, that's -expected- and things are subject to change) to launch sometime in the late afternoon on Tuesday. There is still no definite timetable for a format switchover as there are some technical work that needs to be done first. The new station will be branded as Harbor 101.7 and sound almost identical to former WMKK/93.7 Mike which was scrapped last September(BRW 9/7/11) to make room for WEEI's simulcast on FM. And just like Mike-FM, which had attained a modest ratings success during its 6-year run(2005-2011), the adult hit formatted Harbor will be a fully automated "play-everything" jukebox, have no DJ's and  play a wide variety of music from the past four decades including listener favorites from hundreds of artists, including Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Prince, Bon Jovi, Pink, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Matchbox 20, Van Halen, Nickelback, Madonna, Train, U2, etc. The new website will also launch at www.1017theharborradio.com once the new format is up and running. The new call letters will be WHBA replacing WFNX.


Clear Channel quickly acquired legendary WFNX 101.7 from Phoenix Media for $14.5 million back in May supposedly preventing rival radio group, Entercom, from looking to add an FM signal to its local station portfolio. After much speculation and rumors on the new sound for 101.7, the company has finally decided on the new Harbor format in the past few weeks.

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