At 980, Walker hosted “Doc & Galdi” with Al Galdi, and Linn labored with Brian Mitchell and Steve Czaban on their reveals from midday to 7 p.m. Johnson will proceed to provide Washington Soccer Crew sport broadcasts as an unbiased contractor for WTEM as he has since 2018.
Walker, who labored on the station for 27 years, stated he holds no in poor health will over the transfer and can proceed to offer his ideas on the Washington Soccer Crew throughout and after video games.
“Why would I’ve laborious emotions? They gave me a possibility,” Walker stated Friday in a telephone interview. “All the pieces that occurs in life is a chance. I liked what I used to be doing, liked working with Al and doing all that. However that may have been hindering me from one thing even larger and higher, and also you don’t know that till you’re put able to need to determine it out.”
The previous Washington tight finish stated he’ll keep in mind the “friendships” and “brotherhood” he shaped on the station fondly, particularly with those that work behind the scenes.
Linn, who had been with WTEM since 1993, stated he’s “overwhelmed, humbled and honored” by the help he has obtained since he announced his departure from the station on Twitter. He’ll proceed to host the “Linn Murray Solly” podcast on Patreon and has “numerous concepts pending” for his subsequent transfer.
“If I instructed you you may do one thing you liked for 27 years with folks you favored and liked, you’d be like, ‘Signal me up,’ ” Linn stated in a telephone interview.
This month, Entercom and Urban One made a swap involving six stations throughout 4 markets. The transfer, which had been within the works since July however was introduced Nov. 5, netted Entercom the Crew 980, a competitor of 106.7 the Fan, which Entercom already owned. WTEM’s FM station, 95.9, was not included within the swap, and there’s no plan for Entercom to air WTEM content material on an FM station.
Workers at 980 had been knowledgeable of the deal just a few hours earlier than it was introduced by way of information launch however weren’t instructed something relating to their job standing over the previous two weeks. A Zoom convention name was held Friday night time to replace employees members on the place issues stand with the brand new association. The employees will ultimately share flooring house on the Fan, whose studios are three blocks from Nationals Park.
Monday marks the start of an working lease settlement till Entercom’s acquisition of 980 is finalized in early 2021. Entercom plans to proceed to run 106.7 and 980 as reside and native sports activities stations unbiased of one another with none nationally syndicated reveals within the every day lineups.
An announcement about up to date lineups for each stations is predicted by the tip of the 12 months. Within the meantime, the Fan will proceed to function “The Sports activities Junkies” within the mornings, Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier noon, and Pete Medhurst as the first fill-in host within the afternoon drive slot, as has been the case since Chad Dukes was fired in October.
With Walker out at 980, Galdi will host a solo present from 9 a.m. to midday after “The Kevin Sheehan Present,” adopted by reveals hosted by Mitchell and Czaban. Beginning Monday, hosts on one station will be capable to promote upcoming sport broadcasts or focus on newsworthy content material from the opposite station, however reveals reserving hosts from the opposite station is unlikely.
Competing stations owned by the identical firm are uncommon however not unheard-of. Entercom owns a number of sports activities stations within the Miami, San Francisco, Buffalo, Houston and Kansas Metropolis, Mo., markets, amongst others.
Entercom now owns the D.C. radio broadcast rights to the Washington Soccer Crew, the Washington Nationals, the Washington Capitals, Maryland basketball and soccer, Georgetown basketball and Virginia Tech soccer.
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