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REDSKINS OFF THE "TEAM" -- DC SPORTS RADIO PASSES ON RENEWAL
Published December 5, 1994
DC's WTEM-AM Sports Radio ("The Team") announced it will not renew its contract with the Redskins for '95. WTEM GM Bennett Zier cited costs as the main issue. Industry sources said WTEM paid between $3.2 and 3.5 million for rights to the Redskins, not counting production or talent costs. Despite other talent changes, Zier said the station will maintain its all-sports format. Other stations interested in the Redskins are WJFK-FM and WMAL-AM, which had held the rights to the Redskins since the early '40s before the Redskins signed with WTEM. WJFK is owned by Infinity Broadcasting, whose stations already own the rights to five NFL teams, including the Cowboys and a new deal with the Patriots (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 12/3).