Monday, June 26, 2017

Bruins extend radio partnership with 98.5 The Sports Hub

Boston Bruins radio broadcasts are staying put.

CBS Radio Boston and 98.5 The SportsHub have reached an agreement that will keep the Bruins on WBZ 98.5 and its extended radio network.

The multi-year contract was announced by the club late last week.

WBZ-FM radio has served as the flagship radio station for the Bruins since 2009-2010 season. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.

The radio team of play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher and analyst Bob Beers will return for their 17th season for the Bruins. Beers has served as team's analyst since 1997-1998 when he was paired up with Bob Neumeier on CBS Radio's WBZ 1030 which was team's flagship station from 1995 until 2009 when the games shifted to then an upstart FM sports station. 

As part of the agreement, WBZ 98.5 will continue to program two-hour  "Hockey Show" on Saturday mornings and produce 30-minute pre and post-game shows.

The Boston Globe's sports media writer Chad Finn reported in his Friday column that Entercom's WEEI 93-7 was aggressively pursuing Bruins radio rights even with  the announcement of CBS Radio-Entercom merger announced in back early February(BRW 2/2/17). Now that the two sports stations are set to co-exist under one ownership(the merger is expected to be finalized in the fall), the battle for local sports radio rights will unlikely have any significant implications on the competitive edge for the two sports stations.


BRW Notebook :


"Looking at the Law" signs off : Attorney Neil Chayet, host of “Looking at the Law” features on WBZ 1030, has retired after a 42-year broadcast career. Chayet, 78, also announced that he is fighting an aggressive prostate cancer and being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.