ESPN Radio and Entercom Join Forces to Launch “ESPN on WEEI” 850 AM

ESPN Radio and Entercom Join Forces to Launch “ESPN on WEEI” 850 AM

ESPN Radio and Entercom Join Forces to Launch “ESPN on WEEI” 850 AM

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ESPN Radio and Entercom Join Forces to Launch “ESPN on WEEI” 850 AM

ESPN Radio and Entercom Join Forces to Launch “ESPN on WEEI” 850 AM

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WEEI to provide the best in local and national sports talk and play-by-play

BOSTON, MAEntercom Boston and ESPN Radio today announced that starting on Friday, October 5, WEEI will split its AM/FM simulcast and begin broadcasting ESPN Radio on 850 AM. “ESPN on WEEI” will air ESPN’s entire national lineup, including the entire upcoming Major League Baseball postseason schedule, the NBA, and college football and college basketball. ESPN Radio on 850 AM will debut with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, of “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” broadcasting live from Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium beginning at 6 a.m. ET on October 5.

WEEI’s legendary local lineup of “Dennis and Callahan,” “Mut and Merloni,” “The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michal Holley,” and “Planet Mikey with Mike Adams” will now be broadcast solely on the 93.7 FM frequency. In addition, 93.7 FM will be the exclusive home of Red Sox baseball, Celtics basketball, Patriots’ Monday and Friday, NFL football and the NFL playoffs.

As part of this expanded partnership, listeners will be able to access 93.7 WEEI’s live audio stream through the popular ESPNBoston.com website. At the same time, ESPNBoston.com’s video channel will now power WEEI.com’s video player with the most up-to-date ESPN video content.

“Since 1991, WEEI has been the gold standard in sports radio. This strategic alliance with ESPN allows WEEI to deliver to the most passionate sports fans in America the very best in local sports talk and play-by-play on WEEI FM and the very best in national sports talk and play-by-play with ESPN on WEEI AM,” said Jeff Brown, Entercom Vice President and Market Manager. “WEEI 850 AM is a proven sports brand. Joining forces with ESPN provides advertisers an additional touch point to connect with a highly valuable and sought after consumer.”

“We’re pleased to team with Boston’s preeminent sports radio outlet and one of the nation’s best radio broadcasting companies in Entercom to bring the number one national network into New England,” said Traug Keller, ESPN Senior Vice President, Production Business Divisions. “This move coupled with the existing presence of ESPNBoston.com provides Boston’s passionate fans the best of ESPN’s national and local coverage and analysis.”

“We are excited to be expanding our partnership with ESPN in such a meaningful way,” said Entercom President and CEO David Field. “Combining Boston’s leading sports station, WEEI-FM, and the new ESPN on WEEI 850 AM, together with our ability to cross promote content through our existing mobile and digital platforms, gives passionate Boston sports fans the very best in local and national sports content.”

Beginning Friday, October 5, the new ESPN on WEEI 850 AM ESPN lineup will be:

6 a.m. to 10 a.m.                     “Mike & Mike in the Morning”

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.                     “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.                       “The Scott Van Pelt Show with Ryen Russillo”

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.                       “ESPN Today”

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.                     “Hill and Schlereth” / ESPN Play-by-Play

10 p.m. to 12 a.m.                   “SportsCenter Tonight”

12 a.m. to 6 a.m.                     “SportsCenter All Night”

About Entercom

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), led by President and CEO David Field, is one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio of over 100 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City.

Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom is home to some of radio’s most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company is also the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Kansas City Royals, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Hornets, Oakland Athletics and San Jose Sharks.

Entercom focuses on creating effective integrated marketing solutions for its customers, incorporating the company’s audio, digital and experiential assets. Additionally, the company has a long-standing commitment to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Entercom stations play a vital, hands-on role in improving their communities, providing over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations.

The company’s radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Award for excellence in radio broadcasting.

About ESPN Audio

ESPN Audio is comprised of the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com and ESPN Podcasts. ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners a week on 700 nationwide stations, including more than 350 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets, with owned and/or operated FM stations in New York and Dallas, and AM signals in Chicago and Los Angeles. ESPN Deportes Radio is the only all-sports Spanish-language radio network and has 45 affiliates covering 76% of the Hispanic DNA, with stations in the top 10 Hispanic markets, including owned and/or operated FM stations in New York and Dallas.

ESPNRadio.com is the most listened-to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world, reaching more than 1.7 million unique listeners per month (source: Ando Media). ESPN Podcasts are reaching 358 million downloads through the ESPN PodCenter and iTunes (a year-to-year increase of more than 129 percent), including its most popular podcast, “The BS Report with Bill Simmons.”

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Contacts

ESPN – David Scott

860-766-2360 (Office)

860-307-7124 (Mobile)

David.R.Scott@espn.com

Entercom Communications – Kevin Geary

610-822-0856 (Office)

610-755-7057 (Mobile)

kgeary@entercom.com

Christian Megliola – 617-510-8190 (Mobile)

cmegliola@regancomm.com

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