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.