Merger Wrinkle Means Boston Sports Radio Rivals Likely Not Under Same Owner
Entercom Communications and CBS are "looking to unload a handful of big-name Boston radio stations as part of an ongoing merger," according to Danny McDonald of the BOSTON GLOBE. Entercom "refused to confirm what radio stations they would be divesting as part of the merger process." However, a source said that CBS Radio is looking to "divest radio news giant" WBZ-AM and sports station WBZ-FM. In February, the merger between Entercom and CBS Radio was announced and the merger was "expected to shake up the Boston radio market." Yesterday's news means that two rivals -- WEEI-FM and WBZ-FM -- may "not be headed for the same ownership after all" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/11). In Boston, Tom Shattuck writes WBZ-FM will be in "fine shape wherever they land," and they should actually be "thankful they're going elsewhere." Meanwhile, WEEI's Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan will "further thrive" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/11).