(this doesn’t directly relate to Howie but it may in some ways...will WEEI/Entercom shell out more money
to renew Dennis and Callahan? Does Entercom have money to
trump Greater Media’s bid for Howie? They were able to
pony up a reported $10 million for HALF of WCRB...we still
don’t know if Howie’s headed to FM or not but I think it
could be a matter of not IF but WHEN)...
Entercom & Nassau keep classical in Boston - but will spread Entercom’s WEEI to 4 states
Nassau - which last year struck an innovative deal with Greater Media to enter Boston in the first place - now sells a 50% interest in WCRB (99.5) to Entercom, and will create a new joint venture to keep it classical.
No dollar signs on that deal yet (Boston Herald said it was $10 million, though). But the other half of the Nassau-Entercom arrangement will have repercussions throughout Northern New England, because it puts the highly-rated sports programming of Entercom’s WEEI, Boston on 11 Nassau stations in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and out on Cape Cod, MA.
Entercom was already engaged in an aggressive outreach program to put WEEI into markets like Springfield, MA, with the purchase of an FM there. The Nassau-Entercom announcement doesn’t mention the fate of WEEI morning team Dennis & Callahan - whose contract runs out in September and who’ve been pulled off the air while they’re in negotiations.
It’s not about the money. Howie wants the morning spot. Although Howie would like to bury the hatchet with Tom Finneran. Right in his head.